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Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition
Being a bold and sophisticated ode to luxury, every part of the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition makes a clear statement: that its wearer wants the best a watch can offer. With a tourbillon for unprecedented accuracy, and the luxurious appointments on the wearer’s wrist, in the name of 18K rose gold hardware, and a supple Louisiana Alligator leather strap, there is absolutely nobody that the Tourbillon Limited Edition will fail to impress. And with 70 hours of convenient power reserve, it won’t fail to impress you, either.
Richard Mille RM 50-04 Tourbillon Kimi Raikkonen
Motorsport and luxury watches have had a close relationship for a long time, and the results have been some of the most special timepieces the world has ever seen. The Kimi Raikkonen edition of the Richard Mille RM 50-04 is no different, not only because of its tourbillon, exposed mechanisms, red and white color scheme made to echo Raikkonen’s F1 Alfa Romeo, or its estimated 70 hours of power reserve, but also because it’s a beautiful celebration of an incredible F1 career that’s limited to only 30 units.
Corum Golden Bridge
Luxury watches are designed with mechanical integrity, daring innovation, and striking beauty. The Corum Golden Bridge is a watch that does this flawlessly. Even after 40 years, the design of the Corum Golden Bridge has remained astonishing, featuring a completely see-through case that shows the mechanics of the watch laid out across the middle of the watch, hence the “Golden Bridge” name. All of this is wrapped in opulent 18 karat gold with an alligator leather strap that completes a look that is timelessly and classically luxurious, while also being defiantly modern and innovative.
Bovet by Pininfarina OttanaSei
We know and love Italian design house Pininfarina for things like iconic Ferraris and Maseratis, their own Battista, architectural projects, and even the Freestyle Coca Cola machines restaurants all over the world use every day, so there’s no doubt that Pininfarina knows how to make an impression with design. That said, making an impression is the least that the Bovet by Pininfarina OttanaSei watch did. Its wearer can view the movement from virtually any angle thanks to crystals on the front, back and even sides of the watch, and what isn’t see through on the case of this watch can be titanium or 18 karat gold. This incredible watch won’t be easy to come by, though, as it’s limited to only 86 units.
Franck Muller Yachting Anchor Skeleton
Living up to its name, the Yachting Anchor Skeleton by Franck Muller is a watch whose design and nautical color scheme begs to be near the water. It’s airy skeleton case and wind rose make it clear that this is a watch that is made for ocean going summer days, and the decorative Franck Muller Emblem adorned by laurels right under twelve o’clock, which can also optionally be a power reserve gauge is a welcome luxurious reminder of such a luxurious watch.
HYT Soonow Drop One
For the past eight years, HYT has been known for making watches like the world has never seen before, which use liquid flowing through a tube to display the time. The Soonow Drop One takes that idea and makes it into their most daring and outlandish watch yet, with the green liquid traveling around the watch to make the shape of a skull, against a satin dial that is colored somewhere between blue and purple, with bright orange accents. If off-the-wall and one-of-a-kind is how you like your watches, the Soonow Drop One from HYT is absolutely the timepiece you want.
MB&F HM10 Bulldog
This is where man’s best friend and man’s best accessory meet. A bold look and dependable nature (45 hours of power reserve) give the Bulldog its name, but clever and fun design is what gives the Bulldog its uniqueness and credibility. Unique, easy to read “eyes” stand in for traditional hands, and the domed sapphire crystal helps give the watch its statement appearance. But the most interesting detail in the Bulldog is it’s unorthodox power reserve indicator, which are a set of “jaws” that open when the watch is at full power, and close as the watch loses power. Titanium or 18 karat red gold cases and calf leather straps make it clear that when it comes to luxury, the Bulldog is all bark and all bite, pun intended.
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Unico Magic Gold
Hublot and Ferrari are both brands that are known within their industry as strong players and innovators, so it’s no secret that when they come together to make a watch, it will be a watch that innovates and stands out. Even knowing that, there was no way that anybody could see the innovation coming that the Unico Magic Gold brings to the table. Hublot wanted to bring the strength and excellent craftsmanship of the inside of their Unico watch to the outside, so what they did was solve an age old problem by making scratch-proof 18 karat gold. With the beauty of a gold case and imperviousness to scratches, Magic Gold might just be the ultimate metal for a watch case.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra Thin
For the gentleman on the move, the Patek Philippe Grand Complications is a watch that is purpose-built for traveling. With self winding, up to 52 hours of power reserve, the ability to display the time in two different time zones with day/night indicators, and a 24 hour alarm that uses a traditional hammer and gong and provides a pleasant “ding” once triggered, the Grand Complications is a watch that makes travel less arduous, and more of the elegant and exciting experience it was in years past.
Patek Philippe Grand Complications
For the gentleman on the move, the Patek Philippe Grand Complications is a watch that is purpose-built for traveling. With self-winding, up to 52 hours of power reserve, the ability to display the time in two different time zones with day/night indicators, and a 24 hour alarm that uses a traditional hammer and gong and provides a pleasant “ding” once triggered, the Grand Complications is a watch that makes travel less arduous, and more of the elegant and exciting experience it was in years past.