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Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59 turns a shade of intense blue and Longines gets inspired by the art deco era

1. Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59 is back, and this time it comes with a hand-wound, openworked tourbillon movement, the calibre 2948. Limited to 50 pieces, the watch comes in a blue ceramic case, enhanced with an 18-karat white gold bezel. The superior craftsmanship features an openworked mainplate and bridges in shades of blue. A pink gold balance wheel is seen within the skeletonised framework, along with an openworked barrel.

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2. A Lange & Söhne

A Lange & Söhne’s classic 1815 Chronograph was offered at auction by Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo on November 6 at the Geneva Watch Auction XVI. The proceeds from the auction will benefit The Prince’s Trust, a charitable organisation for young people aged between 11 and 30 established by Britain’s King Charles III when he was the Prince of Wales. The timepiece takes a leaf out of vintage pocket watches: it has a dial with a railway-track minute scale and rhodié-coloured subsidiary dials for small seconds. The hinged cuvette is engraved with the logo of the Concours of Elegance, while within the case sits the Lange calibre L951.5, which is hand-wound and boasts a power reserve of 60 hours.

3. Chanel

First launched in 1987, Chanel’s Première series has stood the test of time and continues to be relevant for the woman of today. For the latest iteration, the maison has retained the signature timepiece’s octagonal shape with a 18-karat yellow gold case and a black lacquer-coated dial. Its intertwined leather and chain strap is inspired by the brand’s quilted bag. The timepiece is run by a high-precision quartz movement and is water resistant down to 30m.

4. Longines

The tonneau-shaped timepieces in the Longines Evidenza collection take their cue from the art deco era. Available in silver, green, red, anthracite, champagne and blue, the watches feature a date display at six o’clock and a sector-type dial with roman numerals for hour markers. The alligator straps are dyed to match the colour of the dial.

5. H Moser & Cie

How black can black be? One look at the dial of H Moser & Cie’s red gold streamliner tells you the answer. Vantablack, a special material that is often used in astrophysics, elevates the look of the timepiece with its ability to absorb 99.965 per cent of light, ensuring near to zero reflection. The dial is complemented by a 40mm case and bracelet made of 5N red gold, with the former enclosing the automatic HMC 804 calibre. But the standout feature of this watch is the one-minute flying tourbillon at six o’clock, which gives the wearer the sense of a planet suspended in the deep, dark expanse of space.

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6. Seiko

The 1969 Grand Seiko marked an important milestone in the history of watchmaking: it was the first chronograph to combine a vertical clutch with a column wheel. The new Seiko Prospex Speedtimer Chronograph beats with the calibre 8R46, which follows the same mechanism as the original 1969 model. The watch is also equipped with Seiko’s three-pointed hammer that resets the hands to zero with just a push. The new take on this historically important model measures elapsed time with greater ease. The subdials and hour markers on the outer dial stand out in white, while the red chronograph hands contrast with the blue dial for greater visibility, and the stainless steel bracelet ensures a sophisticated look. 

7. Bulgari

Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo Skeleton 8 Days is an important addition to haute horlogerie. The timepiece doesn’t simply put aesthetics at the forefront: it is also equipped with an impressive eight-day power reserve. It has a sleek, 40mm octagonal case made of 18-karat rose gold and a dark brown alligator leather strap, and is powered by the manual winding BVL 199 SK calibre.

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