LESS IS BEST

THIS SEA­SON, L.A. TASTEMAK­ERS ARE TEMPTED BY SIM­PLY IR­RE­SISTIBLE STYLE.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY ALDOUS TUCK

When it comes to watches, this fall, LA tastemak­ers are tempted by time­less style.

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Sim­plic­ity is the ul­ti­mate so­phis­ti­ca­tion.” Although this most fa­mous Re­nais­sance fig­ure pre­ceded the ear­li­est watches by mere decades, his idea has stood the test of time. This fall, Swiss watch­mak­ers are em­brac­ing sim­ple and time­less de­signs: Clean lines, un­com­pli­cated di­als, thin and seamless con­struc­tion, and straight­for­ward ma­te­ri­als are tak­ing the mar­ket by storm—and speak­ing to those who crave the un­clut­tered. Best of all? These finely crafted time­pieces will make the right style state­ment for years to come—both in the board­room and out on the town. For more watch fea­tures and ex­panded cov­er­age go to la-con­fi­den­tial­magazine.com/watches-and-jew­elry. CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE LEFT: To cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of the first pre­cious-metal Royal Oaks, Aude­mars Piguet cre­ated a series of Royal Oak Extra Thin watches ($55,400) in 18k yel­low gold. There are two dis­tinct “Pe­tite Tapis­serie” pat­terned di­als, one in the clas­sic blue and an­other in vin­tage-in­spired cham­pagne. Both fea­ture an ul­tra-thin, 3.05mm-thick self-wind­ing Man­u­fac­ture Cal­iber 2121 move­ment. 254 N. Rodeo Dr., Bev­erly Hills, 310-247-8181; au­de­mar­spiguet.com

Bul­gari set a new record with its Octo Finis­simo Au­to­matic ($13,900), the slimmest self-wind­ing watch on the mar­ket to date. The Cal­iber

BVL 138 Finis­simo me­chan­i­cal man­u­fac­ture move­ment is an out­stand­ing 2.23mm thin—and has a 60-hour power re­serve. The case is crafted from sand­blasted ti­ta­nium and houses a ti­ta­nium dial with PVD-treated hands. It comes with both a ti­ta­nium bracelet and al­li­ga­tor strap. Wes­time Sun­set Plaza, 8569 Sun­set Blvd., West Hol­ly­wood, 310-289-0808; bul­gari.com

Crafted in ethical rose gold, the

Chopard L.U.C. XPS Twist QF Fairmined ($18,850) blends ethics with aes­thet­ics and tech­ni­cal mas­tery in an ul­tra-thin case. The watch, whose slate-gray dial has a stamped sun­burst de­sign in­spired by gold nuggets, earned the Fleurier Qual­ity Foun­da­tion la­bel af­ter un­der­go­ing the in­dus­try’s most de­mand­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­to­col. The L.U.C. 96.09-L self-wind­ing move­ment of­fers a 65-hour power re­serve. Wes­time, 216 N. Rodeo Dr., Bev­erly Hills, 310-888-8880; chopard.com

An in­stant clas­sic, the Richard Mille

RM 67-01 Au­to­matic Extra Flat ton­neau ($86,500) boasts an ul­tra­sleek cal­iber that’s a mere 3.6mm in thick­ness. De­spite its thin pro­file, the watch main­tains a vis­ual depth, dis­play­ing the brand’s iconic skele­tonized move­ment. Each case un­der­goes more than 215 sep­a­rate ma­chin­ing op­er­a­tions, as well as ex­ten­sive hand-brush­ing and -pol­ish­ing, be­fore the move­ment is mounted within its sub­tle lines. 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Bev­erly Hills, 310-285-9898; richard­mille.com

In­tro­duced at Basel­world, Tu­dor’s Her­itage Black Bay 41 ($2,950) con­tin­ues the aes­thetic tra­di­tion of the iconic Black Bay line. The ele­gant lac­quer dial is in­spired by Tu­dor’s 1950s div­ing watches, and is com­ple­mented by the “snowflake”-style hands in­tro­duced in 1969. The flat sap­phire crys­tal and steel case cre­ate a clean, min­i­mal­ist look, which is cus­tom­ized by ei­ther a stain­less bracelet, leather strap, or cam­ou­flage fab­ric band. Geary’s, 351 N. Bev­erly Dr., Bev­erly Hills, 310-273-4741; tu­dor­watch.com

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