The Best New Luxury Watches In July 2021
- Bell & Ross BR 03 Red Radar CeramicBell & Ross BR 03 Red Radar Ceramic
- Breguet Type XXI 3815Breguet Type XXI 3815
- Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel ParadiseBreitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise
- Corum Bubble X RayCorum Bubble X Ray
- De Bethune DB25GMT Starry VariusDe Bethune DB25GMT Starry Varius
- Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece GravityMaurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity
- Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight BronzeTudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Bronze
From Breitling to Breguet, these are Tatler's top picks in luxury watches this month
Bell & Ross BR 03 Red Radar Ceramic
Taking another inspiration from aviation, Bell & Ross introduces a piece of red crystal on the dial to mimic the radar display of a fighter plane. As if this is not novel enough, the watchmaker has designed a unique time-reading mechanism comprising two rotating dials, specially designed to be as lightweight as possible to preserve power.
The outer disc indicates the hour with a passenger plane as the marker, while the innermost disc displays the minutes with the help of a smaller fighter jet. For such a strikingly modern watch, somehow it's comforting to know that the seconds are indicated by a traditional analog hand.
Breguet Type XXI 3815
To update a vintage style for this era, Breguet has chosen a titanium case for the Type XXI 3815, said to be the contemporary companion to the more retro-looking Type XXI 3817 from 2016. The 42mm watch still have touches of a classic chronograph with its deep black dial and oversized numerals, the latter painted in either orange or green for a modern touch.
The self-winding movement with flyback function comes with a gold rotor specially hand-decorated for this special edition. A dark brown leather strap completes the watch, which looks right at home on the tanned wrist of the intrepid adventurer.
Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise
Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise in aquamarine
Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise in mint green
Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise in rainbow tangerine
The revival of this 1950s/60s favourite, which Breitling's CEO Georges Kern notes was a nod to the rising popularity of seaside leisure then, comes in five colours evoking the season: summer white, aquamarine, iced latter, mint green and rainbow tangerine. The last of which features a white dial enhanced with hour markers and hands in yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, red, and orange, coated in Superluminova for that glow in the dark effect.
The 38mm watch in steel boasts a clean design with colour-matching Saffiano leather, and is powered by COSC-certified automatic Breitling Caliber 10.
Corum Bubble X Ray
The Corum Bubble is a rather novel offering as it has a domed glass over the dial, as if a bubble is forming, hence the name. Its unusual shape has lent itself to numerous creative interpretations over the years with dials that range from whimsical to extravagant. This year, the Bubble turns macabre with a skull motif in glowing green, mimicking the effect of an X-ray.
De Bethune DB25GMT Starry Varius
The new GMT from this watchmaker employs a microsphere that circles around a corridor to indicate the 24-hour time (or home time). Look carefully and you'll find that it's coloured half in blue and the other half in pink, to differentiate night and day, gradually changing sides at 6am and 6pm. Local time is indicated with conventional hands.
This visual artistry is complemented with central dial decorated with a miniature night sky with stars with Milky Way. Sophisticated and elegant, it comes with a grad 5 titanium case measuring 42mm in diameter with openworked lugs.
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity
The Masterpiece Gravity was a technical feat of its time as it was one of the earliest watches to incorporate silicium, a frictionless material that improves precision and efficiency, for its regulating organ. It has been given a facelift this year with a cleaner design complete with a silver sun-brushed off-centre dial. The aforementioned regulating organ is on full display on the lower left side of the dial.
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Bronze
This boutique special edition in 39mm comes with a bronze bracelet that's fitted with a new clasp with rapid adjustment system. The choice of bronze is interesting too as the material takes on the patina of the owner over time, making it uniquely his or hers.