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Watches Jewellery October 2020: What's New In Watches

October 2020: What's New In Watches

October 2020: What's New In Watches
Tudor's Royal Range is a crossroads between classic and contemporary (Photo: Courtesy of Tudor)
By Annie Darling
By Annie Darling
October 06, 2020
Cool collaborations and updated classics are reshaping luxury watchmaking this month

Bulgari

Octo Finissimo Ref 103431 by Bulgari (Photo: Courtesy of Bulgari)
Octo Finissimo Ref 103431 by Bulgari (Photo: Courtesy of Bulgari)

Unveiled earlier this year during LVMH Watch Week in Dubai, the Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel is now available with a polished, lacquered, navy-blue dial. “It’s great for dressing up or dressing down,” says CEO Jean-Christophe Babin. “You can wear it from the tennis court to the boardroom.”

See also: How Luxury Watch Brands Ensure Their Timepieces Last Through The Years

Carl F Bucherer

Manero Flyback by Carl F Bucherer (Photo: Courtesy of Carl F Bucherer)
Manero Flyback by Carl F Bucherer (Photo: Courtesy of Carl F Bucherer)

Launched in 2016, the Manero Flyback has become an icon for Swiss watchmaker Carl F Bucherer. The Manero is already available in multiple colours and straps, including a luxurious all-gold edition and a racing-inspired model. Beautifully designed and slightly retro, a new deep blue dial, as well as a stainless steel bracelet option, have just hit boutiques. 

Patek Philippe

Grand Complications
Chronograph Ref 5270J by Patek Philippe (Photo: Courtesy of Patek Philippe)
Grand Complications Chronograph Ref 5270J by Patek Philippe (Photo: Courtesy of Patek Philippe)

Patek Philippe’s spectacular Ref 5270 Chronograph with a perpetual calendar, which displays the day, date and month, is now available in yellow gold. Elegant and timeless, this watch comes with a concave bezel and fluted lugs. That’s not to mention the silvery opaline dial, which is breathtakingly beautiful. Powered by Patek’s in-house Calibre CH 29-535 PS Q, which houses a total of 496 parts, this watch is extremely slender and sophisticated.

See also: 7 Yellow Gold Watches To Add To Your Collection

Audemars Piguet

Royal Oak Selfwinding 34 mm by Audemars Piguet (Photo: Courtesy of Audemars Piguet)
Royal Oak Selfwinding 34 mm by Audemars Piguet (Photo: Courtesy of Audemars Piguet)

For years, women’s watches have been limited to jewellery style pieces, but executives at Audemars Piguet have been working to change that. To demonstrate that exceptional examples of watchmaking and women’s high fashion can coexist, CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias has collaborated with London designers Ralph & Russo.

“Our partnership with Ralph & Russo came together naturally,” he says of the campaign, which pairs couture gowns with Audemars Piguet’s inventive models. “The fun part was when we realised that our watches had already been paired with Ralph & Russo’s exceptional designs many times by clients in real life.”

 

Parmigiani Fleurier

Tondagraph GT Steel Black by Parmigiani Fleurier (Photo: Courtesy of Parmigiani Fleurier)
Tondagraph GT Steel Black by Parmigiani Fleurier (Photo: Courtesy of Parmigiani Fleurier)

Parmigiani Fleurier has unveiled the Tondagraph GT Steel Black, which is arguably one of the sportiest watches in the brand’s Tonda collection thanks, in part, to its mirror-polished steel case, which can be worn with either a rubber strap or integrated bracelet.

But this model doesn’t abandon the watchmaker’s meticulous approach to tradition: the case shape is inspired by the Tonda Chronor watch, which was awarded the Chronograph Watch Prize from the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Gen.ve in 2017. And teardrop lugs and matching chronograph pushers that start, stop and reset the piece’s timing function are captivatingly classic.

See also: 8 Aviation-Inspired Luxury Watches To Buy Now

Tudor

Royal by Tudor (Photo: Courtesy of Tudor)
Royal by Tudor (Photo: Courtesy of Tudor)

The latest additions to Tudor’s Royal range are ideally suited to everyday wear. An integrated bracelet, notched bezel and automatic movement define these watches, which sit at the crossroads between classic and contemporary. Choose from stainless steel or stainless steel and gold, as well as nine—yes, nine!—possible dials.

Panerai

Luminor Blu Mare 44 mm
PAM01085 by Panerai (Photo: Courtesy of Panerai)
Luminor Blu Mare 44 mm PAM01085 by Panerai (Photo: Courtesy of Panerai)

Panerai’s watches are instantly recognisable—they’re rugged, cushion-shaped and inspired by the sea. And the brand’s latest model, Luminor Blu Mare 44 mm, celebrates all of that. It also gives us an insight into what we can expect from the watchmaker over the coming months.

Sharp angles and polished surfaces add to the piece’s no-nonsense aesthetic and, although modern, pay tribute to Panerai’s visual codes of the 1990s. Equipped with a handsome blue satiné dial that’s etched with green Super-LumiNova, it’s worn on a blue calfskin strap with beige stitching. Perhaps the old ways are the best.

Hublot

Big Bang Unico Sky Blue by Hublot (Photo: Courtesy of Hublot)
Big Bang Unico Sky Blue by Hublot (Photo: Courtesy of Hublot)

The latest edition of Hublot’s flagship model comes in a satin-finished ceramic, which is incredibly lightweight and easy to wear. The Big Bang Unico Sky Blue’s skeletonised dial showcases the watch’s inner workings and is worn with a white fabric or blue-and-white rubber strap.

See also: Kenny Kwan's A Fan Of Hublot's New Big Bang Millennial Pink

Roger Dubuis

Excalibur Aventador S by
Roger Dubuis
Tatler (Photo: Courtesy of Roger Dubuis)
Excalibur Aventador S by Roger Dubuis Tatler (Photo: Courtesy of Roger Dubuis)

Roger Dubuis has, once again, outdone itself with the launch of the Excalibur Aventador S. For years, this exciting brand has combined its watchmakers’ technical expertise with a courageous sense of creativity, which has resulted in some of watchmaking’s most astonishing timepieces. The Excalibur Aventador S is powered by an exclusive and specially developed Duotor calibre that’s shaped like a Lamborghini engine.

Watches & Wonders Shanghai

Photo: Courtesy of Watches & Wonders
Photo: Courtesy of Watches & Wonders

Most watch fairs were cancelled because of Covid-19, but one new luxury watch fair was able to go ahead last month in China. Watches & Wonders Shanghai was held between September 9 to 13 at the West Bund Art Center. The invitation-only event saw exclusive watch releases by brands including A Lange & Söhne, Cartier and Piaget.

See also: 5 Minutes With Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO Catherine Rénier


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