Part 4 of our coverage of Watches and Wonders 2021 will curtail a bit back to the first day of the show, where we will feature some of our favourite watches from the likes of Patek Philippe, Maurice Lacroix and Chopard. Enjoy gents!
Maurice Lacroix Aikon Master Grand Date
From Maurice Lacroix we have the new flagship piece from the Aikon collection, the Aikon Master Grande Date. Featuring a brand new movement sem-visible through the dial, the Aikon Master Grande Date is a captivating piece that thrusts the brand into the modern era of haute horlogerie. I love the futuristic-looking exposed balance wheel, the enlarged date and the overall thematic look of this highly avant-garde and modern timepiece.
A split-seconds chronograph, or rattrapante if you will, is one of the most complex movements to create. And Breitling has come out of the woodwork with its very own creation, the Duograph. This groundbreaking design does away with the conventional split-seconds chronograph movement architecture, with Breitling integrating a novel and wholly more cost-effective split-seconds module. The result is an accessible split-seconds chronograph that looks a million bucks.
Breitling Heritage Premier B25 Datora 42
Breitling hit all of the right notes at Watches and Wonders 2021. And as if the Duograph wasn’t enough, we also get the Datora, a magnificent chronograph-cross-calendar watch from Breitling. Simple, balanced and with a beautifully vintage-inspired aesthetic, the Datora is one of the stars of the show.
Patek Philippe 5711/1A-014 Nautilus
Patek Philippe stunned everybody when it dropped the olive-green dialled 5711/1A-014 Nautilus. This stunning rendition builds upon the original blue and white dialled models, with the olive-green model really ramping things up a notch. I still prefer the blue dial model, but this olive-green is seriously growing on me.
Patek Philippe 5990/1R-001 Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph
Patek Philippe also revamped its once-upon-a-time steel-only Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph. Now clad in rose gold and featuring a blue dial, the 5990/1R-001 Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph is a complete reinvention of one of the most functional Nautilus models around. My kind of bling.
Patek Philippe 5236P-001 In-Line Perpetual Calendar
Patek went to town for Watches and Wonders 2021, also dropping a first for the brand: an in-line perpetual calendar wristwatch. The Patek Philippe 5236P-001 In-Line Perpetual Calendar is mind blowingly difficult to create despite how simple it looks from the dial. The single line depicting the day, date and month is intuitive and novel, but legibility is an issue especially when the hour and minute hands hover over the aperture. Be that as it may, this is up there as one of my favourite pieces of the show.
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925
Tudor released an onslaught of special pieces for Watches and Wonders 2021, but the watch that hit home the most for me was the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925. Crafted in silver (Yep, you read that right) and featuring a Taupe-colour dial and bezel, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 is a unique and ultimately mega cool watch that offers bucket-loads of quality and bang for your buck. Love that we still have an in-house movement, too.
Chronoswiss Open Gear Pink Panther
Chronoswiss is thinking pink and who can blame them, given the head-turning power of this stunning timepiece? Continuing a brand tradition of regulator set-ups on three-dimensional hybrid dials of handmade guilloché, the piece employs sparkling pink CVD coating to dazzling effect. An open-gear layout purposefully invokes the spirit of voyeurism, thereby driving home the watch’s erotic undertones. Pink Panther puts everything on full display and for that, we love it.