Top 10 Luxury watches for 2017superadmin
Watches are more than the reflection of personal style, they represent who you are and are an example of taste, character and individual branding. Whilst some great timepieces can be found at lower price points, an understanding of the top luxury brands will guide your own tastes in watches and direct you to some worthwhile styles. These watches are prime examples of internationally acclaimed brands that have been popular for look and functionality but also for being innovating and trending in their design. Below we recap the top 10 luxury watch trending in 2017.
This 40mm stainless steel watch features a blue dial created with Grand Feu enameling by one of the few companies in the world to specialize in this 17th Century technique: Donzé Cadrans, which Ulysse Nardin owns. It is powered by the in-house automatic UN-320 caliber that uses a silicon hairspring and anchor escapement. The watch is presented in the same frame too than the 2015 collection, a slender 9.6mm stainless steel case measuring a relatively modest 40mm in diameter. Water resistance is 30 meters, though this is clearly not a watch designed for active wear.
What we love: The sleek design and the blue bracelet and dial very trendy this year
Cartier perpetuates the brand’s tradition in creating technically sophisticated, beautiful watches. The mysterious double tourbillon is a quite unique complication. This unbelievably complex mechanism, in the service of simple elegance, is Cartier’s patented invention that was first introduced at SIHH 2013. Its flying tourbillon, which turns once on its own axis every 60 seconds, appears to be floating completely free in space, with no visible attachment to the gear train. The complication consists of a regular tourbillon, which is, actually, embedded into a disc of sapphire crystal. The result is a breathtaking illusion of a levitating cage.
What we love: the advance movement and complex mechanism
The titanium DLC bezel is set with 48 blue sapphires. The 36mm titanium DLC case houses a sunburst dial coated with blue PVD, rhodium plated and printed indexes, a snailed small seconds counter at 6 o’clock coated with blue PVD, and a small seconds counter. It is powered by the caliber RD830 automatic movement with a 48-hour power reserve. It is limited to 28 pieces.
What we love: the 48 Set with brilliant-cut diamonds and the blue marine dial and bracelet
The historical mention “Piaget Automatique,” which appeared on the very first ultra-thin timepiece by the brand, is reproduced with a subtle updating of the letter “A”. This large-sized ultra-thin watch is equipped with caliber 1200P, the fourth generation of its ultra-thin automatic movements, measuring 2.35 mm. The 18k white gold case fitted with a sapphire crystal provides a full view of the beveled bridges adorned with circular Côtes de Genève, the circular-grained main plate, the satin-brushed steel parts and the blued screws.
What we love: the simplicity and the use of a metallic blue in the dial
The piece, with a perpetual calendar function, is made of modern ceramic which makes it much lighter than its counterparts made in gold or platinum. Its extra-thin movement also makes the piece more wearable. The oscillating weight can be customized. The blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, yellow gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, blue inner bezel, is an unavoidable fashion trend of 2017.
What we love: The recognizable 18-carat yellow gold bracelet with AP folding clasp.
This watch comes in a 44mm stainless steel case with a bronze bezel and crown. Powered by the automatic caliber MB 29.19, it has a dual time complication entirely developed and assembled in-house with a home time indication and a day/night display. The user can set the local time hour hand to the new destination time zone without affecting the home time hour hand. The minute hand and the second hand also both continue to run uninterruptedly during this setting process, preserving the exact time. The black dial has a day-night indicator visible at 12 o’clock. At six o’clock, a subdial indicates the small seconds and the date, which is linked to the local time.
What we love: the chic and classy retro style with a modern touch
This 36mm watch is available in steel or for the first time in rose gold. A guilloché finish for the moon phase appears on the dial and on the disk that bears the moon phase itself inside the brilliant-cut diamond set bezel. It is powered by the in-house caliber 935A movement. The latest interpretations of this watch line feature gray magnetite dial with an opaline finish. This watch also employs a “Dual-Wing” concept, which consists of two distinct mechanisms that supply separate energy to the complication and the movement.
What we love: The enigmatic and inspiring moon slowly glides over the face of this stainless steel
Rolex is arguably the best-known brand in luxury men’s watches and is a great introductory watch for the newly-successful man. The Rolex Yacht-Master II is a statement of sophisticated manliness. This watch is clearly an accessory for the man who is both successful and powerful. First offered in 2007, the Yacht-Master II has a 44-millimeter stainless steel casing which incorporates gold, typical of a Rolex watch. The watch is analog with a blue Cerachrom insert made from a ceramic material. The hour markers are 18 karat gold and contrasted with beautiful blue watch arms.
What we love: this watch features the world’s first programmable countdown with a mechanical memory
A watch for travelers, the 43mm steel case with polished and satin finishes houses a deep blue dial with sun-satin finishes that displays the date (3 o’clock), power reserve (6 o’clock), and GMT functions (12 o’clock), making it possible to display two different time zones. It is powered by the Soprod 9035 caliber with a circular-grained finished plate and bridges, and the “Côtes de Genève” decorated oscillating weight.
What we love: the design simple and elegant
Returning to SIHH after a few years’ absence, Girard-Perregaux presented an impressive collection that included its 1966 WW.TC (World Wide Time Control), a useful world timer that proves that beautiful design and practical function make for a very desirable combination. A model following the design spirit of the watches of the 1960s and a tribute to Girard-Perregaux’s technical advances in the field of chronometry.
What we love: the steel strap and the silver dial
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Rodeo Concierge team