A DECADE AGO, SUPERSIZED BEHEMOTHS UPWARDS OF 44MM WERE ALL THE RAGE. FIVE YEARS LATER, THE SHIFT TOWARDS MORE REASONABLY SIZED 40MM AND 42MM TIMEPIECES BEGAN. NOW, THIS DOWNWARD SHIFT BECOMES EVEN MORE PRONOUNCED, WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF 36MM MODELS.
01 / PATEK PHILIPPE WORLD TIME CHRONOGRAPH 5930G
With a white gold case 39.5mm wide and 12mm high, the 5930G is the world’s smallest watch with world-time and chronograph functions – and also marks the first time Patek Philippe is combining both complications in a watch (excluding a unique piece made for a client in 1940). It packs in two useful features – a 24 time zone world-timer and 30-minute chronograph, driven by the new Calibre CH 28-520 HU. The three-part dial features a hand-guilloche centre with stunning blue PVD treatment.
02 / TUDOR HERITAGE BLACK BAY 36
While a lot of attention has gone to Tudor’s 2016 blockbusters, the Black Bay Dark and Black Bay Bronze, we believe that their little cousin, the Black Bay 36, deserves its share of adulation. Sure, it might not have an in-house movement like Tudor’s other aforementioned new releases – its engine is an ETA 2824 – but its 36mm chassis will sit better on slimmer wrists. And with a flat bezel and crystal, it is a more elegant proposition overall.
03 / IWC PILOT’S WATCH AUTOMATIC 36
From plus-sized models – 48 and 55mm – to waif-like nymphs – 36mm – IWC’s 2016 Pilot’s Watch collection runs the gamut of case sizes. This 36mm edition, the Automatic, is meant to be the dressiest of the lot, hence only the most essential information, time and date, has made its way onto the sunray-finished dial. Running on IWC Calibre 35111 and completed by a chic Santoni strap, the watch works well on both masculine and feminine wrists.
04 / BREMONT AC- I 32 LADIES CHRONOMETER
Previously a male-oriented brand heavy on military/ aviation-inspired pieces plus chronographs and sports watches, Bremont this year decided to dangle a carrot for its female admirers. A few months after debuting its women’s Solo-32 collection, Bremont introduces the AC-I 32 Ladies Chronometer in a 32mm housing. Featuring a COSC-certified automatic movement buzzing at 4Hz, the watch is also differentiated by an embossed dial and is limited to 535 pieces.
05 / OMEGA SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN 39.5 MM
With the upgrade to new Metas-certified Master Chronometer movements came the opportunity for Omega to tweak its portfolio of classics. Among these is the Seamaster Planet Ocean, now housed in a 39.5mm case – in between the existing 37.5mm and 42mm varieties. Movement-wise, it sports Calibre 8801/8800 compared to the older 8615, while on the aesthetic front, two versions are offered: Sedna gold with brown ceramic bezel or bimetallic (Sedna gold and stainless steel).