Creating an iconic look isn't easy, and when a design continues to captivate collectors and fans decades after its birth, it's truly something worth celebrating. As watchmakers continue to finesse their most beloved designs, we take a look at what it takes to be a horological legend.
Marking its seventh decade in production this year, Omega's Seamaster has lived a life as an icon beyond that of a timepiece. James Bond's watch of choice, the utilitarian timepiece, even void of the bells and whistles of those worn by the fictional spy, continues to capture the imagination of collectors. This year, the watchmaker opts to unveil several renditions of the Seamaster Diver 300M on the eve of the model's 25th birthday. The Seamaster Diver 300M Titanium Tantalum Limited Edition, in particular, caught our attention. Tantalum is used on the bezel and accenting links of the bracelet. Together with the contrasting Sedna Gold bezel, crown and bracelet links, the piece sheds that cliché blue hue often found in diving watches. And of course, fast approaching its goals to integrate Master Chronometer movements into its entire line-up, this limited edition piece is powered by an in-house Omega movement.
The only pilot watch that can actually call itself by that name, Zenith trademarked the Pilot name and had been driving the collection forward with various renditions of the chronograph, bringing fresh, modern details to this classic. This year, the watchmaker launched the Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Chronograph, bringing a new matte blue shade to the dial. Designed for high-flying professionals, the design has always been distinguished by its large, legible dial. Large numerals dominate the dial while two chronograph counters are positioned at three and nine o'clock, bringing a visually harmonious balance to the design. The piece's bronze case, paired with an oily nubuck strap, is reminiscent of vintage models. An El Primero automatic movement sustains the timekeeping functions for up to 50 hours when fully wound. Clean designs have always been the signature at Glashütte Original, but within the parameters of a classic round dial, the watchmaker still manages to create a few surprises. This year, the launch of the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition gets a new face by way of a skeletonised dial. The perpetual calendar function continues to be pleasingly laid out for easy reading. The one thing that's different is the cutout of the dial plate; the guilloche baseplate is revealed just beneath the black dial in a contrasting shade of white. The moon phase, hands and minute markers all add a pleasing hint of blue to the otherwise monochromatic dial. There's been plenty of buzz surrounding Rolex's new ‘Pepsi' Gmt-master II. The design has been given an entirely new look with the Oystersteel Jubilee bracelet. It's also the first time that Rolex has presented the Cerachrom bezel in a blue and red bi-colour execution. This timepiece that dates back to 1954 gets not only a new ceramic bezel and bracelet but also a new calibre. Following the launch of the white gold ‘Pepsi' in 2015, this stainless steel version has been a long-awaited launch for the brand's fans.