Tired of the usual watch on your wrist? Here’s a quintet from Panerai, Breitling, Maurice Lacroix and Roger Dubuis that at a single glance illustrates the wide choice you have when it comes to freshening-up your forearm.
If there’s a watch that’s synonymous with Italy it’s the plush platters produced by Panerai, the brand that can trace its roots to bespoke instruments for the Italian navy. Their first watches appeared in 1936, and the massive crown guard that aids water-proofing – and still defines the brand – first appeared 65 years back. Here it features on the new 44mm (not too big!) steel-cased Luminor Marina, that as the Italian script on the dial suggests, only needs winding every eight days. For that pleasure you’ll pay $9650.
Divers for him and her…
Breitling might be primarily associated with aviation timepieces, but their Superocean diving models meet similar exacting standards. They boast ultra sturdy cases, oversized hands for legibility at depths, rubber straps (with bracelet options), glare-proof crystals and of course a dive-time bezel. Better still the Superocean now comes in three sizes: 36mm, water resistant to 200 metres with a black or white dial; 42mm rated to 500 meters with a black or blue dial; and 44mm rated to 1000 metres, the watch shown here that also comes with a black dial. $4490 to $5350.
Love is in the watch
Maurice Lacroix have come up with a watch like no other, one where three heart-shaped wheels on the white-lacquered dial replace the usual seconds hand. As they magically interlock and revolve they line up on the minute to spell out the word love. It’s a dance you won’t miss; the Power of Love, as it’s called, spans all of 43mm, with 72 diamonds dotting the bezel and 12 more marking the hours. It’s a limited edition, the clever movement driving things is hand-wound, and the price is $24,000.
Roger Dubuis has announced a 28-piece edition of this Knights of the Round Table watch which features the noblemen as hour markers. Sculpted in bronze, they circle an engraved black jade dial in a 45mm white gold case. Dubuis design director Lionel Favre explains: “In this standout model, the motto of the mythical knights, ‘courage and generosity’ reflects the Roger Dubuis approach to its craft. It is nobly represented by the artists and watchmakers working in close collaboration to create an alliance of both traditions.” With that ability with words he should be in marketing. But we do agree with his conclusion that “this precision and craftsmanship consists of detail that is so fine and intricate it can only be appreciated when examined through a jeweller’s eyepiece.” Don’t expect much change from $350,000.
Breitling’s Aerospace Evo Night Mission 30th anniversary limited edition gets the heart racing with a brilliant yellow dial, 43mm titanium casing and military spec hi-tech strap in earthy brown. If it looks terrific the functions complete the picture: a chronometer-certified superquartz movement powers chronograph, countdown, second timezone, calendar and alarm functions.
Just 300 pieces are on offer, the price $7520.