Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the world’s finest horological companies are quick to roll out one after another timepiece that make for spectacular arm candy. Few modern gentlemen will remain indifferent to watches that balance so effortlessly on the verge of timeless elegance, futuristic charm and intuitive functionality.
The exquisite selection features such gems, such as the Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph ($9,700) – the latest addition to the Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic watch series. Its unique texture and the stamped guilloché pattern on the dial add a layer of authenticity to the new model while allowing for nominal deviation in colour and one-of-a-kind frame. The 41 mm steel-cased piece is powered by the brand’s calibre 39-34 automatic chronograph movement and boasts the signature period-correct dial-manufacturing techniques of the brand.
In the world of uncompromising quality – the brand new Octa Sport ARS Titanium is viewed as the horological equivalent of the recent Bentley SUV beast. Built primarily out of titanium for its case and bracelet, this piece is pure, unabashed F.P. Journe with the trademark Caliber FPJ 1300-3 self-winding movement made from aluminum rather than the brand’s usual 18-karat rose gold. The Octa Sport ARS Titanium is priced at $32,000 with a bracelet or $25,900 and is the ultimate status symbol.
Montblanc has made headlines with its brand new TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 – capable of measuring one thousandth of a second. The modern Chronograph can be purchased for $185,500, and relies on two balances, best embodying the heritage of Minerva, a maker of stopwatches and chronographs that was purchased by Montblanc in 2006. The high-speed assembly has produced a piece that is a refinement of a mechanism that the Spanish watchmaker Bartomeu Gomila developed for Montblanc’s Villeret manufacture with an even more delicate high-speed operation.