Hall of Famers
It’s been a long and prosperous road for the portable watch since it first emerged in the 1400s. From spring movements to grandes complications to quartz and on to smartwatches, time-keeping has always evolved and as a result there have a lot of incredible pieces that have earned a place in the annals of horology. But even so, only a few can claim to be iconic. Christie’s Head of Watches, John Reardon, named the Patek Philippe Perpetual Chronograph 1518 from 1942 as the single most iconic watch ever made, as it literally redefined design, he explained. Other notable mentions by the panel included Omega’s 1957 Speedmaster, due to fact it was worn on the Moon, Audemars Piguet’s 1972 Royal Oak, because it elevated stainless steel, and of course, Rolex’s 1963 Daytona with its inverse coloured sub-dials that was, and still is, the most regal stopwatch ever made. “An iconic watch should break some rules, be recognisable, stay relevant, inspire others and be groundbreaking,” explained Pascal Ravessoud, the Marketing and Development Director at Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. The panel ended the discussion by pointing out a few modern-day watches that fulfill these criteria, and notable mentions went to F.p.journe and H.moser & Cie.