Every connoisseur of fine watchmaking has a longing for that one piece of time that is somehow different from the usual deal, that is probably something outside their comfort zone. Not because they are not accepted by others, but because they are a piece of art that transcends them from the normal being to a supernatural state that is a combination of the impeccable craftsmanship and the feats that the mankind has achieved through its advancement in technology. These are some specimen of modern Luxury watchmaking that helps us relive the rich legacy that they narrate and the special moments in the human ‘Art-isanship’. Here are 5 specimens picked by us for your pleasure.
1. Excalibur – The Knights of the Round Table III
Roger Dubuis is a brand known for its boldness and to provide the world of watchmaking with something that leaves a mark not for the society but for the companies own portfolio of creating breathtaking timepieces. What we have here is just another piece of marvel that helps us connect to the history with an innovative approach by the combination of advanced technology.
The Excalibur The Knights of the Round table III pays tribute the Island of Avalon which is the birthplace of the legendary sword Excalibur, King Arthur’s mighty weapon and also the place where he was taken to heal at the time when he got wounded. This masterpiece is limited to 28 special watches. The 47mm case boasts 12 bronze legendary knight figures made through “Lowpoly Design” technology in 3 dimensions with a height of 6.5mm each. The latest generation of mechanical self-winding caliber, RD821 comprises 172 components of which all faces are individually hand finished and has passed through the Poinçon de Genève, the most demanding & strictest criteria for quality and craftsmanship.
At last, to complete the aspect of tradition, the back of the case is engraved with Knight’s pledge put forth by Merlin, “Around this table, the bravest knights will gather as equals. They will set forth in search of adventure, righting wrongs, protecting the weak and humbling the proud.”
Website – Roger Dubuis
2. HYT Skull watch Maori
As they say at HYT Base “Making sense of time”, the HYT watches are not just timepieces, they are a combination of luxury watchmaking with the latest and most complicated technological advancements. The chemistry here is the key ingredient, not just in the matter of speaking, but in actuality. The Liquid timekeeping is the essence of this brand and hence advanced chemistry has been used for the in-house development of liquid dye with the required visibility, aesthetics, durability and UV resistance.
The HYT Skull Maori here is paying tribute to the artistry of a tribe of indigenous people from New Zealand known as the Maori. They commonly have a body art, known as ‘Moko’ or Maori tattooing. The use of Skull for the dial is reminiscent to the face tattooing that they considered a part of their culture. The skull is hand-engraved and is a piece of art to be acknowledged.
With a Mechanical Manual winding system of the exclusive HYT calibre, this beast has a power reserve of 65 Hours. Limited to just 15 pieces, it is a mean timepiece worth a look because technology is the stuff that dreams are made of.
3. MB&F HM9 Flow Edition
The Brand that is known for its unconventional designs and complex mechanical complications is here with another piece of exceptional tribute to the aerodynamics that makes for the most beautiful creations.
Max Brisser, the company’s founder has put forward another of his dreams into life with the retro-futuristic design HM9 Flow Limited edition inspired by aircraft or sportscars to be appreciated by the enthusiasts of either machine. This watch is a combination of the designs of the brand from the past with little inspirations from the series HM4, HM3 frog and HM6.
At the first glance, the drop-shaped sapphire domes for the twin balance wheels give away the looks of a set of jet-engines. Another sapphire crystal provides with a magnificent view of the working of this impressive engine that powers the beast.
The huge yet comfortable timepiece comes with an in-house mechanical movement that provides a power reserve of up to 45 Hours with the help of a manual winding crown located at the rear of the body. The watch comes in two limited editions of 33 pieces each: The Air edition (propeller-shaped hands and a triangle at 12 o’clock) and the Road edition (dial with the vintage car dashboard accents).
Website – MB&F
4. Jacob & Co Astronomia Tourbillion
It is not the brand that usually pops in our mind when we think about haute-horology, but we think that is the whole point Jacob & Co is trying to make here, to provide to the Ultra Rich consumers a way to tickle the way they promote their sense of style. Being a brand that is known for being rather outrageously bold and pricey, a walk through the collection of Grand Complication watches is a must for every watch enthusiast.
Enter the Astronomia Tourbillion Black Gold. A marvel in itself from the coveted collection of grand complication watches. When you actually take a look at this masterpiece it is apparent that it is not any conservative watch made to serve the Demand of the masses. But it is indeed for that person who says he has seen it all and expects to be stunned with something bold and unique.
A base of 18k White Gold with Black DLC (Diamond-like Coating) treatment and Sapphire apertures on the sides, the 50mm case has an in-house Mechanical movement (manual winding). It has a power reserve of up to 60 Hours and is limited to 18 pieces individually numbered.
Website – Jacob & Co
5. Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260
When it comes to Luxury, it is about the experience and it is about the knowledge that has been passed on to the future generations to make something beautiful, something that breathes the heritage attached to it with the innovation of today’s times. Vacheron Constantin is and has been on the pinnacle of haute-horology, so it is no surprise that the next timepiece belongs to this giant.
Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 (Most complicated Watch), the combined work of three master Watchmakers, 57 complications and over 2800 components packed in one pocket watch, it is a true example of workmanship that took 8 years to create.
With 10 patents, 31 hands and weighing about 950gms, the watch has complications related to Astronomy, Calendar, Striking the time and Chronograph (Call it the jack of all trades). It boasts about everything that the watch industry exhibits with its evolution.
Website – Vacheron Constantin