Fan­tas­tic Beasts

Esquire (Philippines) - - STYLE GOLDEN HOUR -

Th­ese are the con­cept cars of the watch world: mind­numb­ing, of­ten beau­ti­ful, and some­times WTF? pieces made in such lim­ited num­bers (1,2, 3) that you’ll never see them in a shop win­dow. This rar­efied cat­e­gory pushes watch­mak­ers to ever greater heights of pre­ci­sion, in­no­va­tion, and aes­theti­cism—see: Hublot’s Big Bang Unico Sap­phire, whose en­tire case is made from pol­ished sap­phire crys­tal. Yes, this is a prime ex­am­ple of boys and their pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive toys. But from th­ese uni­corns de­scend the watches we may one day slap on our wrists.

01. Big Bang Unico Sap­phire by Hublot; hublot.com 02. Yel­low-gold Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Cos­mo­graph Day­tona by Rolex; rolex.com

03. Ti­ta­nium-and-alu­minum BR-X1 Hyper­stel­lar chrono­graph by Bell & Ross

04. Red-gold UR-110 by Ur­w­erk; ur­w­erk.com 05. White-gold Em­per­ador Coussin XL 700P by Pi­aget; pi­aget.com

06. White-gold Tra­di­tion In­de­pen­dent chrono­graph by Breguet; breguet.com

07. Red-gold-and-ti­ta­nium RM 11-03 by Richard Mille; richard­mille.com 01 02

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