Summer is definitely here, and with those flights reserved and resort booked, there’s no better time to treat your wrists to that perfect travel companion.
Watch collector Matthew Green, who is also the global director of merchandise, luxury watches and jewellery at DFS Group, shares his top 10 picks for the season:
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Yellow Gold
First available to the public in 1972, the Royal Oak broke all the rules of a stainless steel luxury watch. Now the esteemed manufacturer breaks the rules once more with the re-launch of an entire collection of yellow gold (instead of the ever-popular rose gold) at SIHH 2016. A new calibre 5134 functions as a perpetual calendar with week, day, date, astro-moon, month, leap year, hours and minutes. The dial is also now more visible, allowing for a clearer view of these historic complications.
Breguet Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9088
Unmistakably Brequet, this white gold 30mm diamond set timepiece features a wondrous enamel dial, Brequet classic numerals and the brand’s signature open tipped blue hands. Forty-five hours of power reserve, moon phase and a colourful strap make this timeless addition a must for any collector of women’s watches.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Répétition Minutes
One of the most inspiring aspects of the art of watchmaking is the constant pursuit of innovation, recording breaking manufacturing techniques and seamless design integration. Bulgari pushed the boundary this year at Baselworld with the introduction of the “world’s thinnest minute repeater” at only 6.85mm in thickness. Not only does this living machine feel amazing on your wrist, you can delight your senses with one of the most historic complications and the chimes of time. Here at DFS, we cannot wait to host this marvel at our own Masters of Time event this December in Macau.
Cartier - Drive de Cartier
The maison excited watch buyers galore with their latest collection at SIHH 2016. A beautifully thought out new icon that is inspired by the vintage automotive world, the Drive de Cartier is a timepiece that can be worn casually on the weekend or matched with a sharp suit during the week. The guilloche dial design, along with the sword hands and in-house calibre 1904MC-PS complete this wonderful fitting 40mm timepiece. For the more daring the maison also introduced Ref, W4100013 Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon watch.
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar IW502701
With the revamping of the entire traditional Pilot’s line, IWC masterfully revisits the ever so successful “Le Petit Prince” edition. The Annual Calendar timepiece, available in extremely limited quantities of only 250 pieces, is exquisite in rose gold and a stunning blue dial. For the little child in all of us, find a wonderful cast relief of the Little Prince on his planet on the back of the watch.
Jaeger-LeCoultre The Reverso One Duetto Moon
For women watch collectors, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces the Reverso One Duetto Moon, in time for the 85th anniversary of this historic silhouette. A manual wind calibre 842 featuring double-sided timepieces with one side featuring the classic aesthetic of the reverse with Arabic numerals, and the other in a paillonne midnight blue dial and a sophisticated mother of pearl moon phase. Surely a stunner for any gala or night on the town.
Omega Speedmaster "CK2998"
This new addition literally ticks all my nostalgic and collector boxes, but also adds in a deep blue to give it a modern feel. I love the reintroduction of the lollipop hand, limited edition quantity and iconic calibre 1861 which was used in the very first moon watch.
Piaget unveiled a stunning, new diamond rendition of their revolutionary, ultra- thin 900P watch this year. The timepiece is only 3.65mm thick, supporting its title as one of the thinnest high jewellery watches on the market. It’s truly an engineering feat that makes for a striking dress watch for either a lady or a gentleman.
TAG Heuer Connected
While introduced last year, limited quantities made it to the market, and this is one of the first connected watches that actually feels and wears like a mechanical watch. The unique exchange program also allows collectors to upgrade their connected watch to a special edition Carrera after a two-year warranty period. We cannot wait for DFS’ launch of the connected watch this summer in select locations and likewise see what is in store next for TAG Heuer.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Reference 2000V/120G-B122
I love that the Overseas Ultra-Thin is all about time - no date, no complications, the dial is a grey lacquered sunburst satin finish, anti-magnetic casing ring and it’s water resistant up to 50 meters. In addition to the timelessness and subtleness of the design, one must not overlook the amazingly simple and unique strap changing system. Go from a white gold bracelet to a leather strap to a rubber strap depending on your mood and function with ease.