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Etched The Annals Of Horology

Etched The Annals Of Horology

We’ve Done The Hard Work For You Of Compiling The Hottest Watch Releases As They Happen In One Wristy Place. Go Get Amongst These The Best Noble Watches We Recommend Adding To Your Collection (Or At Least Sticking On The Wish List). Dive In!


Etched The Annals Of Horology

Breitling’s Navitimer, a versatile watch, stands as an icon in the horological cosmos. From its birth in 1952 as a pilot’s tool, it has transcended mere timekeeping to become a profound symbol for all who wear it.

The Navitimer Automatic and Automatic GMT 41 distil this legacy. While omitting the chronograph, they preserve a balanced dial composition. The 24-hour scale takes centre stage on the GMT, while the Automatic boasts a clean face that lets the intricate slide rule shine. With a notched bezel adding contemporary flair, and alternating polished and brushed finishes play with light.

While the Navitimer Automatic 41 takes its place—a harmonious note in Breitling’s legacy. With a name that whispers simplicity, these watches embrace a 41mm case, standing 11.65mm tall and spanning 46.86mm lug-to-lug. Their canvas is adorned with notched bi-directional bezels, cambered sapphire crystals caressing the dial, solid screw-down case backs, and non-screwed-locked winding crowns.



In the realm of haute horlogerie, Bulgari reigns as the modern king of ultra-thin craftsmanship. Recently, it revisited its thinnest-ever Ultra watch, reclaiming the title of the world’s thinnest mechanical watch. But this time, it doubles down by achieving another feat: becoming the thinnest COSC-certified chronometer watch. The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ultra COSC stands as a testament to Swiss Italian elegance by boasting a mere 1.70mm thickness, making it the world’s thinnest mechanical watch. With its movement, the 1.50mm BVL180, defies convention by passing COSC’s rigorous chronometer tests—a rarity in luxury watchmaking.

Being delicate, it’s not indestructible—but it’s a wearable work of art. And to shave off an additional 0.1mm from the 2022 Octo Finissimo Ultra, Bulgari reworked the sapphire crystal. This tiny adjustment allowed Bulgari to reclaim its throne of thinnest-ever watch. Moreover, to maximize the use of the watch’s surface area, the hour and minute dials, the large barrel – with a 50-hour power reserve – and the escapement cleverly play with the circular geometry of the bezel opening, adjusting it ever so slightly.



Gold alloys often straddle the line between marketing ploys and genuine innovation. Audemars Piguet, however, has unveiled a game-changer: the 18k “sand gold” alloy. This novel material debuts in the recently announced Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked.

While this sand gold is named after desert sand dunes, defies convention with its distinctive hue—colder and less pink than standard rose gold. It’s not merely a lighter shade; it exudes a metallic taupe allure that shifts with the light.

The 41mm octagonal case, measuring 10.6mm thick, houses a sapphire crystal on both sides and boasts 50 meters of water resistance. The sand gold alloy, both robust and elegant, graces the case and bracelet. Along with brand’s commitment to innovation shines through, making this watch a true marvel. In the desert sunlight, the sand gold Royal Oak emerges—a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.



Patek Philippe reigns supremely with their latest creation, the Retrograde Perpetual Calendar Rare Handcrafts reference 5160/500R-001, casting a spell of elegance and complexity. Crafted in rich rose gold, the case measures a compact 38mm wide and 11.81mm thick is inspired by an antique pocket watch from Patek Philippe’s Museum.

Thus, the case back, hinged and meticulously finished, reveals a sapphire window framed by delicate filigree. While talking about the dial aesthetics – the silver opaline dial exudes restrained luxury, enhanced by hand-engraved guillochage. Breguet numerals in applied white gold, a slim black spade handset, and navy-blue minutes numerals evoke a classical rococo charm. With retrograde pointer date scale and moon phase window at 6 o’clock add intrigue.

Perpetual calendar has been thoughtfully placed day, leap year, and month windows maintain visual harmony. Inside beats the 26-330 S QR automatic perpetual calendar moon phase movement, exquisitely finished with Côtes de Genève, perlage, and a rose gold rotor. While the watch embraces tradition with a mahogany brown alligator leather deployant strap.



The hidden alcoves of pre-millennium watch shows emerges with the new Cartier Reflection De Cartier—a bracelet watch that marries futuristic allure with vintage opulence. First off, design aesthetics defies convention, blending ‘90s nostalgia with Cartier’s signature flair. Its trapezoid-shaped watch head widens at the top, framing a classic Cartier dial adorned with Roman numerals and sword hands. The steeply angled bezel adds drama, reminiscent of a bygone era.

While the Cartier Reflection de Cartier watch has been constructed of two curved sections held together by a neatly integrated clasp. Each of the sections is open worked with slats and also holes drilled into the curved bases themselves. Crafted from 18k yellow gold or 18k rose gold for the relatively more regular versions, and 18k white gold for the three high-jewellery references, you can expect these beauties to be heavy enough even with these cut-outs.

The reflection feature reflects Cartier’s playful spirit beneath the surface, a quartz movement powers the elegant hands. With watch measuring by 18.4mm by 17.5mm, with a slender 8.9mm thickness.

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