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The latest horological heroes
2018-05-01
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A. Lange & Söhne

POUR LE MERITE

One complication is enough, but A. Lange & Söhne’s latest release in its Pour le Mérite series boasts five. Together with a tourbillon, chronograph and perpetual calendar come a rattrapante function and the rare fusée-and-chain transmission.

Bulgari

OCTO ROMA

Few brands deliver a classic time-and-date watch with the elegance of Bulgari, and its Octo Roma is perhaps the preeminent example. The latest edition’s steel case and matching articulated-link bracelet heighten the contrast with the luminous sunburst blue dial.

Cartier

DRIVE DE CARTIER

Ever since the debut of Cartier’s renowned Tank a century ago, shape has been integral to its watch designs. Now the Drive de Cartier, in pink gold with leather bracelet, appears in a typically bold cushion-shaped case to best display its moon-phase complication.

Rolex

DAY-DATE 40

The Oyster Perpetual Day-Date has, since its release in 1956, represented the apex of Rolex’s horological excellence. In recent years, a larger version – the Day-Date 40 – has extended its reach, as seen in this yellow-gold and white-dial rendering.

Piaget

ALTIPLANO ULTIMATE 910P

Known for super-slim designs, Piaget has maintained its reputation by creating the world’s thinnest automatic watch: the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P. just 4.3 mm thick, its mechanism is confined to the width of the balance wheel, resulting in its signature off-centre dial.

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