While we love to celebrate the star collections of the leading luxury watch houses, we also love taking the time to dig a little deeper into their catalogues. In doing so, we discover truly exceptional timepieces, bestowed with incredible complications and imaginative designs. There’s a timepiece to suit everyone at Watches of Switzerland, and to help you with your search, here we’ve brought together three rare treats that we think may catch your eye…
Vacheron Constantin has gained a stellar reputation for its complications, and its sporty stainless-steel 42.5mm Overseas Tourbillon certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to innovative design. Notably, it is the first watch in the Overseas collection to have integrated a tourbillon. The calibre 2160 has an impressive 80-hour power reserve and can be admired both through the case back as well as on the lower part of the blue lacquered dial, cleverly integrating the brand’s logo, the Maltese Cross, into the movement. Usefully, the timepiece features the brand’s easy strap-change system with two straps and one bracelet on offer – blue rubber, blue alligator leather or stainless steel. As a result, the watch can be worn to pretty much any event, making it a truly versatile option. In case its stunning looks distract you from its main function as a high-performance sports watch, we should point out that its 18-carat white-gold hands are filled with white luminescence for day, night and underwater use, as it is water-resistant to 50m. The sophisticated looking Overseas model is priced at £102,000.
Earlier this year, A Lange & Söhne released one of its most attractive models to date: the 38.5mm Langematik Perpetual Honeygold. The watch is part of the brand’s Saxonia family and is limited to a mere 100 pieces. Its embossed dial is crafted from solid silver and is adorned with the brand’s patented Honeygold hour markers and hands (the hour, minute, day-of-the-week and month hands are also luminescent). It’s powered by the in-house L922.1 movement, which is equipped with an approximate 46-hour power reserve as well as an annual and perpetual calendar. Amazingly, it will run until the year 2100 without needing any manual adjustment to the date. The Langematik Perpetual Honeygold is priced at £76,000.
“This Christmas we suggest digging a little deeper into their catalogues, you might find a timepiece that perfectly reflects your personality“
Shooting for the moon
Swiss watchmaker Piaget also has a new timepiece we can’t keep our hands off: the 36mm rose-gold moon-phase Limelight Stella with a diamond-bordered aperture, presented on a blue alligator strap. The collection was first launched in 2016, becoming the most complicated in-house ladies’ watch in the brand’s history. This new addition is powered by the self-winding 584P movement, offering an approximate 42-hour power reserve and showcasing a mesmerising golden oscillating weight that is visible through the case back. Just like the Langematik Perpetual Honeygold, it’s a perfect heirloom timepiece, remaining accurate to one day in 122 years. Piaget has adorned the dial with a rose-gold constellation, and its matching seconds hand is decorated with a delicate star. The exquisite creation by Piaget is priced at £30,000.
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