A. Lange & Söhne or Saxonia derives its name from the German state of Saxony. It reflects the values of this region as well as Saxony’s glorious heritage. Priced at a little over $23,000, this German brand showcases exquisite craftsmanship in a thin shell that reflects a beautiful piece of watch art. With a 40mm diameter, the Saxonia Thin is only 5.9 mm high, an ideal size for a modern dress watch. This timeless timepiece comes with a 72-hour power reserve. From the beautiful solid silver argenté dial to the rhodium gold baton-shaped hour indexes and the rhodium gold hour and minute hands, this simple time only watch is bauhaus design at its finest.
This timeless, understated watch is inspired by the minimalist principles of the Bauhaus – a German school of art and architecture, which adheres to the principle, that form must follow function. First created in 1932, it is the result of an avant-garde philosophy of aesthetics that showcases sleek lines and subtle elegance; the collection expresses artistic ingenuity at its finest. With a 36mm case diameter, Calatrava provides an identifiable “Clous de Paris” guilloche bezel and a beautifully balanced dial. It has a calibre 215PS movement that has power reserve for more than 40 hours.
Housing the first skeletonised calibre produced by Chopard Manufacture, the L.U.C XP Skeletec watch in 18-carat rose gold, expresses the watchmaker’s passion and innovation in its true sense. Priced at more than $15000, this timepiece guarantees precision and reliability. Designed in-house, L.U.C XP measures less than 7mm thick with its grey openwork dial proudly displaying this watch’s mechanical self-winding calibre with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Its circular graining is a joy to behold. Overall, the Chopard L.U.C XP is a finely crafted masterpiece unmatched.
Inspired by A.L. Breguet’s styling, the Classique wristwatches exemplify the watch-making ideals of precision, clarity and elegant lines. This piece has a winding mechanical movement symbolising the hours and minutes. The makers define this as ‘Art in the superlative’ that salutes the centuries-old meeting of peerless watch making and mechanical mastery. Classique wristwatches capture the essence of Breguet’s original features. In some models, the precious materials of former times and fired-enamel dials with Roman numerals will delight Breguet enthusiasts.
Grand Seiko 36000
Think of the Japanese and the first thing that comes to mind is the large strides in technology they’ve made. But, can Japanese innovations be combined with tradition? Well, Grand Seiko is living proof that it can. A brand that’s renowned for its quartz and atomic movements, this beauty is Seiko’s very finest luxury watches of all time that uses the traditional skills in adjustment, assembly and finishing ensuring precision and beauty. Its high-tech manufacturing ensures that all components are designed and made in-house. This is a formal watch that blends high detail and the ultimate discretion.
These were our picks of the finest watches that showcase unmatched craftsmanship and legacies. After all, “The true essence of any given timepiece lies in the detail.”
Written By : ROUNAK GUHAROY