When you would have thought about a futuristic watch maybe a decade ago, you would probably imagine that you could use it to open doors, direct you through a city abroad you have never been to or have your car drive to you in “Knight Rider”-style. That has all become a reality with today’s smart watches. Fortunately, there are also some watchmakers that thought that it was possible to create futuristic watches that are mechanical. It is their design, unusual complications and/or use of exotic and innovative materials that set them apart.
Before we dive into the specifics of this watch, it is crucial to note that the Marine Grand Deck is a very important watch, and that is due to its unnecessary grandeur. The retrograde minute hand by itself makes the watch unnecessary complicated, even more so with the wire construction that Ulysse Nardin devised. We can even have long debates about what the flying tourbillon will add regarding precision to a wrist watch. But when that was the point, we would be better off wearing an Apple Watch, or a Casio G-Shock. The Marine Grand Deck is a testimony of how far we have come in regards to creating horological art, by creating a visual spectacle that showcases functional timekeeping by unconventional means.
Many ladies watches, even more so than men’s watches, are on the threshold of being watch or art. They combine their timekeeping function with intricate designs, gemstone settings, enamel painting, and in the case of the Lady 8 Flower: an automaton.
When it comes to stainless steel Haute Horlogerie sports watches there is a lot to choose these days. Many are new entries, but some are part of an exclusive inner circle. Among them is the Vacheron Constantin Overseas. Revamped in 2016, the Overseas collection comes with something that many of its competitors don’t have: a world time complication.
Usually, complicated watches come with equally complicated names. Jacob & Co, however, keeps it clean, crisp and simply with the Twin Turbo. A very appropriate name by the way, because the watch features indeed two major complications, and does so in a very expressive style.
If there is one thing that the world of Haute Horlogerie and gambling have in common, it is the high stakes. Christophe Claret united them both in his “gaming collection.”
The introduction of the Graffstar Slim Eclipse took the watch world by surprise when it was launched in 2015. Presented in a titanium black DLC case with more otherwise characteristic Graff features, “total black”, “total luxury” and “total understated sophistication” were the words most often used to describe the timepiece. Slim and lightweight and fabulously Graff, it was designed to accompany casual wear, a tuxedo, and anything in between. Since then, in a very short time, it has become a renowned reference within the Graff timepiece collections.