Last year, Watches and Wonders was put to a test. The Swiss salon had only been renamed Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), and the entire n kaboodle celebration kit – when the crown jewel of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie – had been hustled online. However, brands, pundits and organizers all joined hands to defeat deterrents and accidentally set the digital plan for the 2021 show.
In addition, this year the test is ours. With every brand online, we are seeing dramatically daring presentations – and watches more intriguing and experimental than ever in recent memory. Things being what they are, with such a range of new models, how are we supposed to sort out stunning timepieces from the average? It seems like an unimaginable task.
Fortunately, INDUSTRY LEADERS is here to help. We took a look at every watch featured at Watches and Wonders 2021, uncovering hidden gems and choosing which watches are worth our time and money. Here are the 10 most luxurious watches you can buy right now.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 Manual Wound
How about starting with a brand that is close to our hearts? Vacheron Constantin. Watchmakers have long respected the Swiss watchmaker’s sense of innovation – and nowhere is the break in form more evident than in the vintage-inspired, corner-crowned American Historic 1921 collection.
This new addition to the retro collection is a 40mm 18k white gold model. With a white dial, black painted numerals and that sassy little sub-dial, it’s a fabulous thing that looks like Gatsby. Plus, thanks to a 65-hour wear and attractive firm earth-colored calf lashes, it also has an extreme edge.
Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Automatic
There is something seductive and curvy about Ballon Bleu de Cartier watches. Launched in 2007, the models are crisp, delicate and exquisite, but this recessed crown gives them a design edge. It is suddenly, dazzling and highlighted in brilliant blue on this latest model from the famous French brand.
This daring creation is crafted in 18k rose gold and the sunray-effect dial has been lacquered and finished in silver flinquÃ©. The automatic development of the Caliber 1847 MC is completely reliable – and these hands formed from blued steel blades do incredible things to complement the striking hue of the crown.
IWC Pilot Automatic Chronograph
IWC has always been a watchmaker to follow the evolution of time. The brand designed a digital watch in 1885 and was one of the major watchmakers important in supporting environmentally friendly initiatives. Yet the brand’s most recent delivery is a different kind of green; a slightly more modest emerald-dial pilot automatic chronograph.
Cutting the case from 43mm to 41mm could prove to be a masterstroke, as this chronograph is incredibly sharper and more comfortable on the wrist. There is less distance to go for this second hand, the decryption of the sub-dial does not suffer and, most importantly, this punchy new color does not seem too overbearing on a more modest and subtle scale.
Piaget Polo Automatic Chronograph
There aren’t many watches with the famous Piaget Polo shape and standing. Piaget’s latest watch, adding an automatic chronograph movement in the stainless steel case, elevated this timepiece considerably higher on our list. Sitting at 3 and 9 o’clock, the striking blue sub-dials blend perfectly with the elastic strap. Also, those stainless steel needles, with lume strokes? Guaranteed to attract attention even against the tried and tested gray ribbed dial. A remarkable twist on a cherished work of art.
Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition Automatic
The Montblanc 1858 collection is all about the experience. From the 24H model that tours the world to the limited edition in honor of climber Reinhold Messner, these are watches designed for the ultimate adventurer. Yet the most recent geosphere slipped off the mountain and coiled up tightly in the desert. Displaying a smoky brown and sand beige dial, it still looks like an 1858 geosphere – retaining both time zones, the north and south sides of the equatorial globes, and the 24-hour scale. However, with its bronze casing, earth-toned calfskin lashes, and dusty embellishments, this is an entirely different design for aficionados to explore.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Petite Seconde
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, the polo-resistant watch, is celebrating its 90th anniversary. It’s a design that has stood the test of time (also many, many polo hammer swings) that is as it should be. So we are happy to see the watchmaker celebrate in shocking style.
In fact, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds is gnawing at our hearts. And, is there a good reason why he doesn’t? From the sun-brushed lacquer dial and matching bracelet to its Swiss-made manual winding movement, this model is a timing treat.
Panerai Submersible Bronzo Blu Abisso
There is something special about the bronze color of Panerai’s latest Submersible that gives it an idealistic quality. It is undoubtedly a call to adventure. However, this is not unexpected; given the Italian brand’s history with yacht racing and naval support, this is a watch built with a solid heritage and history. With 300 meters of water resistance, a dark, non-intelligent blue dial and the Panerai licensed crown guard system, this programmed âAbissoâ (with a three-day power reserve) is as precious as it seems. striking.
HermÃ¨s Graphene H08 Automatic
Have you guessed what the “graphene” does in the watch? No? It’s okay, we didn’t know that either. Graphene is a super strong carbon based material, made by assembling a solid honeycomb attic at a nano level. This is what HermÃ¨s used to make the most coveted and innovative model in its new H08 collection.
Ultra-light and ultra-dark, this automatic watch features a polished black ceramic bezel and crown, a black gold coated dial and a dark rubber strap (with titanium clasp) . It has a utilitarian flavor – yet a display case back gives a false representation of its inner magnificence; a heart that beats with the amazing automatic movements.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Flying Tourbillon Limited Edition
The Skeletonized Excalibur Flying Tourbillon Limited Edition is a sight to behold. It features star-shaped angles extending to the edges of the 18k rose gold case. A seconds sub-dial is placed around 8 o’clock and the Swiss-made D512SQ type automatic movement that powers the whole is a delightful and jewel spectacle to the public. It is expensive, luxurious and extraordinary.
H. Moser et Cie Endeavor Automatic Tourbillon
The latest watch from Moser & Cie is a tribute to a long-standing partnership between precious stones and gold. And what a celebration; on the dial is a shimmering âOx’s Eyeâ gemstone which gives it a striking design. In a deep crimson, these horizontal lines are completely natural – and mean that each model delivered stands out.
Inside the 18k red gold case, a Swiss-made automatic tourbillon operates beneath these shiny hands and through this tastefully designed round window at 6 o’clock. Turn the watch over and you can see the movement, through a display case back, in all its mechanical splendor.