From smart watches that let you choose a dial to suit your mood to imposing case sizes, skeletonised flying tourbillons and more complications than have even been previously attempted, there are lots of ways to be at the leading edge of watchmaking these days, as our stunning selection of timepieces show.
TAG Heuer Connected (pictured above)
TAG Heuer doesn’t shy away from pushing the boundaries. In fact, it was the first major Swiss watch brand to launch a smart watch back in 2015. The third-generation Connected was launched earlier this year, and features a number of important updates. In general, the refreshed design looks more in line with the latest Carrera collection. It has a new fitness focus too, with GPS and heart-rate monitor capabilities, as well as a new and improved TAG Heuer Sports app for tracking a myriad of activities from running to golf. Surrounded by a 45mm steel case and ceramic bezel, the 1.39-inch OLED offers an impressive choice of dials inspired by legendary TAG Heuer chronographs.
TAG Heuer Connected 2020 45mm Watch
TAG Heuer Connected 2020 45mm Watch £1,650.00
Ulysse Nardin Black Blast
Combining a titanium and ceramic 45mm case, red and black ceramic skeletonised dial and alligator-leather or rubber strap, this is the kind of eye-catching timepiece you would expect from Ulysse Nardin. And then you take a closer look: an automatic flying tourbillon and a tiny yet powerful platinum micro-rotor, all housed within a striking X-shaped cage… things have stepped up a gear. This being a Ulysse Nardin, the tech is second-to-none – silicon escape wheel, anchor and balance spring for maximum resistance to magnetic fields, and an impressive 72-hour power reserve. The muscular case and lugs were inspired by the design of a stealth aircraft- which is strange because you’d hardly be flying under the radar with this watch.
Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton X Black Blast $46,000.00
Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton X Black Blast £41,850.00
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar
Less of an obvious move towards the cutting edge than a smart watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s handsome Master Control Chronograph Calendar is an important technological advancement in watchmaking. It’s the first time a chronograph, triple-calendar display and moon-phase have appeared together in one of Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces… and what a timepiece it is. Housed in a restyled stainless-steel 40mm case, the dial appears remarkably uncluttered, balancing the calendar functions with a classical chronograph layout, surrounded by a pulsometric scale. Rectangular chronograph pushers offer a sporty touch, while inside the new Calibre 759 offers an approximate 65 hours of power reserve. It’s a simply stunning watch, and ground-breaking in its own, subtle way.
Hublot Big Bang Titanium E
You can usually spot a Hublot timepiece from 20 paces, and we’re delighted that the brand has stuck with what we know (and love) when designing its latest smart watch. Take the large titanium 42mm case and rubber strap – so far, so Hublot. However, instead of a traditional dial, there’s an impressive 30.8mm AMOLED screen on which users can choose to display a whole variety of dial options, including a GMT and perpetual calendar. The watch runs with Wear OS by Google pairs with Android or Apple phones and has 8GB of memory – plenty of room for downloads, apps and playlists. Yes, this is a Hublot, but not as you know it.