THE TIME IS NOW
Luxury is largely perceived as something that is rare, something that is worth aspiring for and much like people, there is a strong individualistic streak when it comes to brands that stand for luxury. Our annual watch special is the perfect time to harness our love for timepieces and look at some of the finest expressions by leading brands across the world. Most watchmaking houses possess the skill and knowhow to express watches in a novel, creative way year on year. Some with a more sober aesthetic are the epitome of micro-engineering and high complications, with only a smattering of makers available today who have mastered both. The novelties this year were varied with each of the Maisons introducing new complications and artistic watches alike. The noteworthy complications by Vacheron Constantin, Greubel Forsey, Blancpain and A. Lange Söhne caught the fancy of many a collector. Meanwhile Maisons such as Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier, Bulgari and Chopard continue to be undisputed leaders in the high-jewellery watch segment.
Novelties like Carl F. Bucherer’s Adamavi and Omega’s Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition caught the attention of watch lovers this year, as did the contemporary pieces released by Hermes and Zenith. The new Monaco, a collaboration between TAG Heuer and Bamford surely comes as a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. Last but not the least, Rolex gives many a reason to rejoice, with the reintroduction of their ‘Pepsi’ GMT Master II which is truly iconic. Watches have the power to draw you in and it is interesting to note how an inanimate object that reflects something as basic as time, is today coveted and sold for millions. Be bold, be different, and step outside your comfort zone as the world of timepieces is on fire this year.