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10 exquisite and creative timepieces that you need this 2020

These 10 amazing timepieces represent the epitome of technical and aesthetic savoir-faire of watchmaking.
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Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946

40S – REVIVED

Powered by a self-winding chronograph movement (L895.5) developed exclusively for the brand, inside the 40mm stainless steel case of the Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946 is a domed silvered opaline dial accentuated by two finely sculpted counters, a 30-minute counter and a small seconds counter. The harmonious Arabic numerals, in the italic “dolphin” style characteristic of this period, set the pace for this watch.

At 12 o’clock, Longines lettering is subtly applied to the dial in antique- style characters. The “left”-style hands in blued steel bring out the beauty of this elegant piece, topped with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

This new model is neatly fitted with a semi-matte black leather strap characterised by a soft texture and a resolutely vintage finish. Together, these timeless, understated elements tick all the right boxes of any watch connoisseurs.

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Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8

SHINE IN GREEN

Set inside a 44mm bronze case of the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8 is a distinctive smoked green nephrite jade dial, a first for Montblanc. The precious stone is decorated with beige Arabic numerals coated with Super- LumiNova, 18-carat rose gold-plated luminescent hour-hand and minute-hands, and small seconds at 9 o’clock and a chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock.

The Montblanc emblem is situated at 12 o’clock, and a tachymeter scale at the centre and a telemeter on the exterior of the dial. Red accents are added to amp up the already striking aesthetic while enhancing readability during day or night.

Equipped with calibre MB M16.31, the slow-moving (18,000 semi-oscillations per hour) screw balance pushes the power reserve of this watch to a good 50 hours. It is secured on a matching green alligator strap with beige stitching.

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Slim d’Hermès Cheval Ikat watch

PERFECT BALANCE

A true piece of fashionable art, the two Slim d’Hermès Cheval Ikat watch dials take centre stage allowing the creative streak of the Parisian firm to roam free.

Framed in a gold case, the Slim d’Hermès watch incorporates the traditional technique of Ikat weaving to show off the sophisticated image of a galloping horse embroidered with gold threads. One shines with the soothing luminescent of rose gold, while the other hints a night sky lulled by the silvery sparkles of white gold.

Driven by the Manufacture Hermès H1950 calibre, the two thin baton-type hands – which stand out against the white or blue dial – sweep over the horse’s body to display the hours and minutes. In the 39.5mm-diameter case, this slim self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations an hour and delivers a power reserve of 42 hours. It’s completed with a black- or Chantilly-coloured alligator strap.

 

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Rado True Thinline Deep Web

OUTSIDE THE BOX

Austrian fashion designer Flora Miranda labels this collaborative work with Rado as: “extraterrestrial, extravagant, extreme, exclusive and exciting.” Just like a blank canvas for self-expression, Miranda crafted her True Thinline to become the ethereal Deep Web. One sapphire crystal disc with a metallic coloured web pattern sets atop another to offer a mesmerising way of reading time.

The balance of light and dark results in a design that is arresting and absolutely timeless in its appeal. The automatic movement distinguishes this model from the others in the series, whereas the need to ensure there is sufficient momentum to power the overlapping discs makes it slighter thicker than the rest.

As though they aren’t enough to pique your interest, the Rado True Thinline Deep Web was recently awarded the 2019 Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

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Cartier Tonneau XL dual time zone watch

FAMILIAR SHAPE

If you don’t already know, Cartier defied the concept of round pocket watches when it revealed one of its earliest wristwatches namely the Cartier Tonneau in the early 20th century. Despite the shape that was considered an oddity at that time, it was still desired by most watch connoisseurs.

And Cartier is celebrating the legendary watch shape with a redesigned hours and minutes model and a skeleton dual time zone model.

With this particular model, the Maison honours the Tonneau XL dual time zone watch in the Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP) collection where every iota of technical mastery is put in the service of aesthetics. Not only does the gear train have to be aligned between 12 and 6 o’clock to maintain the curved contours of the case, but the two time zones are linked to create an impressive display of time.

The limited and numbered model is powered by the skeletonised 9919 MC calibre, which can be admired both from the front as well as the back of the watch.

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Corum Golden Bridge Round 43 Art Deco

KEEP HANGING

Launched in the Eighties, it was merely a few years ago when the iconic vertical movement and architecture of the Corum Golden Bridge collection were presented in a round case.

This is important for the watch brand which places a lot of emphasis on making cases that spotlight the movement as opposed to acting only as a case. The Golden Bridge Round 43 Art Deco takes its inspiration from the largest bridges ever built: the Millau Viaduct in France, the famous Øresund Bridge that connects Denmark to Sweden, Malaysia’s 13.5km-long Penang Bridge and the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan.

The 43mm titanium case, with a black DLC treatment and polished bezel, houses the hand-wound, baguette-shaped CO113 movement – which has 19 jewels, beats at 4Hz with a 40-hour power reserve – suspended across the centre from 12 to 6 o’clock that can be viewed through the sapphire crystals.

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Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Military Green

BACK TO BASICS

The new Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Military Green is what you call a no-nonsense watch. Designed to be practical and perfectly suited to all occasions, the adventurous and urban model stays faithful to the military-technical specifications with an anti-reflective matte khaki dial treated with Super-LumiNova to ensure optimal legibility, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a reliable Swiss mechanical movement.

The characteristic Vintage series 41mm round steel case includes integrated protection of a crown guard, and a black bi-directional rotating bezel in anodised aluminium to measure short periods. Aesthetic wise, the date is displayed in a round window between 4 and 5 o’clock – one of the brand’s signature features – on a disc of the same colour as the dial.

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Richard Mille RM 61-01 Ultimate Edition

LAST OF ITS KIND

First released in 2014, Richard Mille RM 61-01 – the younger sibling of the tourbillon RM59-01 worn by Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake – earned the moniker “Baby Blake”. Two years later, a version featuring a black case and, black and white dial was unveiled. And now, the latest issue of this model – the RM 61-01 Ultimate Edition – comes in Carbon TPT and Quartz TPT.

On top of elongations between 2 and 5 o’clock which eliminate all possible rubbing against the wrist, the crown protector in Carbon TPT that ensures the crown is safe during sporting activities. Expertly skeletonised, the PVD-treated grade 5 titanium bridges and plates are further darkened by a PVD treatment.

Oscillating at a frequency of 4Hz, it guarantees best of the best performance thanks to a 55-hour power reserve and impact resistance tested for impacts of over 5,000Gs.

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Big Bang Unico 42mm

SPECIAL CONNECTION

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Hublot introduces the first-ever Big Bang with an integrated metal bracelet, with the first link fused with the case. The aesthetic is instantly recognisable to that of the Big Bang.

The sharp style of the bracelet takes on the codes of the case, with edges that not only echo the silhouette of the pushers but also the structure of the middle with its cut-outs.

The polished and satin-finished surfaces, and the bevelling and chamfering of the links, give a similar effect of depth and contrast as between the case and the bezel lug. You can find it in three materials associated with the history of Hublot: lightweight titanium, hard-wearing, scratch-proof ceramic and King Gold, a unique alloy of gold, copper and platinum.

 

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Breitling Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45

INSTANT CLASSIC

The new Breitling Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45 is a serious pilot’s watch which is not only a great-looking chronograph, but also comes with some heavyweight engineering.

Powered by an in-house split-second Rattrapante movement whose performance can be viewed through the transparent sapphire case back, the watch features a hefty 45mm 18-carat red gold case, a distinguishable stratos grey dial and a Breitling’s Navitimers signature bidirectional rotating bezel with the circular slide rule presented on a black alligator leather strap with a pin buckle.

The hour and minute hands as well as hour markers are coated with Super-LumiNova for easy legibility. Other exquisite details come in the form of a stylised “B” logo with an anchor symbol adorning the base of the hands.

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