A look at the most spectacular timepieces for 2016 reveals an increased interest in the perpetual calendar function, which provides seamless tracking of everything from seconds to annual cycles. These mechanical masterpieces are more than simple accessories – they are an artistic representation of the passing of time through perfectly calibrated technology harmonious with their powerful design.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar
Jaeger-LeCoultre is infamous for ultra complicated perpetual calendars and this model proves it. For $20,400, you get a watch whose understated elegance and integrated in-house movement make it a true work-of-art. The brushed-black dial exhibits a moonphase indicator and divided collectors in two camps. It’s only 9mm thick, which gives the ideal balance of comfort and legibility.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar
Vacheron is a true Maison when it comes to re-inventing classical models and elevating them to new heights of class and functionality. The simple steel case resembles their line of the Overseas watches, but it’s made of white gold and much slimmer. The dial is designed in blue and gray – a modern yet subtle combination that balances out the traditional layout. The $91,400 price tag gets you a choice of metal bracelet of alligator strap to complement the elegant appeal of the case.
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar
Priced at $345,000, one of Lange’s most complicated watches is unique in every aspect. The design, the technology, the level of craftsmanship and know-how that went into the making of the magnificent watch. Its dial boasts a small window at the bottom for the leap year counter, a subtle moonphase integrated in the seconds register, the month is positioned around the edge and on the left in retrograde scale are the days of the week. The gray dial contrasts beautifully with the white gold case, creating a modern icon of class.