To end the year 2018 in style, LUXUO has selected its own list of flashy and over-the-top watches, which are both icons and examples of Haute Horlogerie in their own leagues. Curl up on a topic that interests you or simply go out on a winter holiday with these mechanical wonders that are sure to turn heads and trigger lustful envy.
Rolex Rainbow Daytona
Initially, Rolex launched the Rainbow Daytona in yellow gold and white gold, which quickly achieved cult status. Rolex has embellished 36 baguette-cut sapphires in rainbow hues on the bezel and 11 of the same gemstones as the indexes. Today, the most collectible Rolex watch is also available in Everose Gold, and it is far from an exceptional watch – this Rainbow Daytona requires to own it.
Girard-Perregaux Neo Tourbillon with Three Skeleton Bridges
Inaugurated at SIHH this year, the Neo Tourbillion has been reinvented and skeletonised, revealing the complexity of the iconic Tourbillion. Three arched black titanium bridges replace the existing elements. The architectural style is not overloaded, but more sophisticated than ever. Possible with the convex sapphire crystal that is positioned on the band without bezel, we can see on the back two other similar arched bridges, taking the place of a full base plate. The result is a complex timepiece that still manages to stay impressive.
Van Cleef & Arpels Planetarium of Lady Arpels
Installed in a case of only 38 mm, the planetarium encrusted with diamonds can be seen at a distance of one kilometer. As its name suggests, the watch paints a picture of the vast universe both very complex to produce and beautiful to look at. Concentric rings in aventurine are sitting on the dial are precious materials such as pink mother-of-pearl, green enamel, turquoise and another diamond to represent various planets. The watch represents a perfect marriage between watchmaking and fine jewelry, which further emphasizes the artistic expression of the house in its timepieces.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Latin America
For Audemars Piguet, astronomical observation has greatly contributed to the inspiration of some of their most outstanding timepieces, such as the complication of the perpetual calendar, one of the most complicated emblematic of the history of Haute Horlogerie. The Royal Oak Royal Latin Perpetual Latin America Edition has a pink gold dial with the “Grande Tapisserie” motif, matching rose gold hands and blue hemispheres. Not only are the case and bracelet in 18-carat rose gold, but the engraved rotor is also in gold, visible through the sapphire caseback.
A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split
Launched at SIHH 2018, the A.Lange & Söhne Triple Split Chronograph is the latest collection of the brand’s watches offering some of the most impressive chronograph movements in the modern watchmaking world, following its Datograph and Double Split . This is essentially a first of its kind, marking a milestone for its ability to time events divided into minutes and seconds, but in hours, up to 12, far exceeding the 30 minutes of Double Split. Housed in a 43.2 mm case, the Triple Split also represents a major breakthrough in the world of watchmaking by increasing its complexity while maintaining the case size.
Antoine Preziuso Whirlwind Tourbillon
His name speaks for itself, because the contemporary watchmaker Antoine Preziuso designed and produced the Tourbillon Tourbillons in collaboration with his son, Florian. This extravagant timepiece, which has been in existence for more than a decade, consists of a triple tourbillon – three one-minute tourbillon regulators mounted on a main plate – that work together to produce unmatched precision in timing. To balance and draw attention to the heart of the watch, it is enclosed in a stainless steel case with simple lines and a neat and brushed finish. This visibly wonderful complication is a valuable addition to any whirlpool collection.