The latest models from the Baselworld fair might be in the news at the moment, but you’ll have to wait till later in the year to buy them. Not so with these six special pieces that offer something different to what you’re probably wearing.
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic ‘Tuttonero’ – $19,600
‘Tutto’ an Italian word meaning ‘all,’ and ‘nero,’ meaning ‘black’ accurately describes this sought after Panerai. Made entirely of matt black ceramic, the watch is nonetheless faithful to the Panerai identity and is powered by an in-house movement with – yes – three day power reserve.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time – $33,600
The clever self-winding movement of this travel watch features a ‘true seconds’ system, which sees the seconds hand advancing on the second in a ‘jumping’ motion.
That said it’s the dial that’s the stand-out with the world’s continents engraved in gold and the oceans mapped with blue lacquer – an invitation to explore the world.
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari King Gold Carbon – $51,400
Limited to just 500 pieces worldwide, this Hublot boasts a unique hi-tech blend of carbon-fibre and 18ct red gold, and owes its appearance to the ancient Japanese art of marrying metals known as Mokume-gane.
The bezel has a complex system of precious red gold ‘veins’ visible in the carbon fibre in what Hublot describe as ‘occlusions’. The movement is Hublot’s in-house UNICO self-winding chronograph flyback calibre.
Girard Perregaux 1966 Skeleton $84,060
Deft sculpting reduces the dial to a graceful minimum to give you a panoramic view of the workings of this special Girard Perregaux.
The 38mm pink gold case frames exposed bridges, plates, gears, levers and bolts, all polished, satin-brushed, and hand-finished with a final galvanic coating of anthracite-gray ruthenium. The 117-part movement is self-winding.
Lehmann In-house Tourbillon $145,000 to $195,000
Lehman is a boutique German watch manufacturer whose parent company manufactures watchmaking machines for some of Switzerland’s most renowned brands. Its own movements are manufactured in-house and the jewel of the collection is this ‘double spiral’ tourbillon – stunningly crafted, exquisitely finished and a by-word for high-end value. At 42mm, it comes cased in gold (white or rose) or platinum.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Openworked – $216,000
This spectacular watch combines three marvels of horology; First, a perpetual calendar that self-corrects for short and long months and accounts for leap years. Second, a small aperture of rich-blue reveals the phases of the moon. Third, the complex movement is skeletonised, a painstaking task for such a high-complication timepiece.
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