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Watches Jewellery5 Watch Brands That Have Revamped A Classic

5 Watch Brands That Have Revamped A Classic

5 Watch Brands That Have Revamped A Classic
Toric Hemisphères Rétrograde by Parmigiani Fleurier. (Photo: Courtesy of Parmigiani Fleurier)
By Hong Kong Tatler
September 02, 2019
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”—these luxury watchmakers have revamped their own classic models with new additions to their most iconic collections

1/5Freak X by Ulysee Nardin

Freak X by Ulysee Nardin. (Photo: Courtesy of Ulysee Nardin)
Freak X by Ulysee Nardin. (Photo: Courtesy of Ulysee Nardin)

The 2019 Freak X retains the classic Ulysee Nardin Freak characteristic of having no dial and no hands, instead using its baguette-shaped central bridge of the carousel as a minute hand and one of the wheels to indicate hours.

Although its mechanics have been pared back and simplified to increase legibility, and the striking dial has shrunk from 45mm to a slightly easier-wearing 43mm.

The main departure from previous Freak models is the Freak X's inclusion of a crown for time correction. Instead of the previous slightly awkward time-setting bezel, the X is equipped with a traditional crown used purely for time setting.

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2/5Toric Hemisphères Rétrograde by Parmigiani Fleurier

Toric Hemisphères Rétrograde by Parmigiani Fleurier. (Photo: Courtesy of Parmigiani Fleurier)
Toric Hemisphères Rétrograde by Parmigiani Fleurier. (Photo: Courtesy of Parmigiani Fleurier)

Historic references to ancient Greece, mathematics and nature abound in Parmigiani Fleurier’s designs, and no collection embodies this better than the Toric.

The first watch created by the company in 1997, it was revived in updated form in 2017.

For 2019, three handsome new slate-dialled models have been added to the collection: a chronometer, a perpetual calendar and a mechanically ingenious dual time-watch—the latter two incorporating retrograde date displays in addition to their other complications.

Put simply, these three new timepieces sum up (almost) everything that makes Parmigiani Fleurier so special and so different.

See also: SIHH 2019: Tatler Watch Picks From Day 4

3/5Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date by Vacheron Constantin

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Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date by Vacheron Constantin. (Photo: Courtesy of Vacheron Constantin)

Vacheron Constantin has released a new addition to its Patrimony collection. Designed with discretion and perfection in mind, the minimalist watch achieves a striking, beautiful balance between clean, taut lines and smooth curves.

Achieving a pure, simplistic design can be challenging, because the timepiece must maintain its high technical complexity behind the pared-back, slender case. Patrimony fully captures the effervescence of the 1950s–a symbol of renewal, it's classy and understated.

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4/5Master Grand Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétual by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Master Grand Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétual by Jaeger-LeCoultre. (Photo: Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre)
Master Grand Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétual by Jaeger-LeCoultre. (Photo: Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre)

A classic Jaeger-LeCoultre manual-winding Reverso in stainless steel is arguably the best watch you can buy for under US$10,000. At the other end of the spectrum is the manufacturer’s new Master Grand Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétual, priced about US$900,000 (plus tax).

This new ultra-complicated beauty boasts a hypnotic multi-axis spherical gyrotourbillon Westminster carillon, the tune familiar to neighbours of Westminster Palace in London.

This latest JLC Gyro, the house’s fifth since launching the series in 2004, also contains a two-way perpetual calendar. And wait, there’s more: a constant force mechanism means the movement maintains accuracy whether the power reserve is high or low.

See also: SIHH 2019: Tatler Watch Picks From Day 2

5/5Avenue Classic 20th Anniversary Moon Phase by Harry Winston

Avenue Classic 20th Anniversary Moon Phase by Harry Winston. (Photo: Courtesy of Harry Winston)
Avenue Classic 20th Anniversary Moon Phase by Harry Winston. (Photo: Courtesy of Harry Winston)

Paying tribute to the maison’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon, Harry Winston’sAvenue Classic 20th Anniversary Moon Phase continues the Avenue collection's legacy, which was released in 1999 and inspired by the architecture of the brand’s original home: New York.

This anniversary timepiece is set with 50 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel, case and crown. The glitz and glamour continues around the white gold bracelet, which features 216 blue and purple sapphires and 66 more brilliant-cut diamonds.

This limited edition of 20 pieces is as iconic as the hallmark doorway leading into Fifth Avenue Salon.

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Watches & Jewellerywatches2019 Watch Round-UpUlysee NardinParmigiani FleurierVacheron ConstantinJaeger-LeCoultreHarry WinstonClassic Watches

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