Steeled Luxe

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The lux­ury watch in­dus­try’s ob­ses­sion with stain­less steel kick­started in the 1970s. Aude­mars Piguet’s revo­lu­tion­ary Royal Oak was the time­piece that sparked the craze for “sports luxe”, a tech­ni­cal oxy­moron un­til the trend caught on with other brands. Since then, the de­sire for stain­less steel ro ck­eted be­fore con­sumer trends dic­tated that more pre­cious ma­te­ri­als and other in­no­va­tions in the field took over. This year, stain­less steel is com­ing back but at a slighter price. This can be ex­plained by the per­ceived down­turn in the watch world but more brands have been of­fer­ing stain­less steel mod­els and new col­lec­tions as a way to bring the ma­te­rial back to the fore­front. We’re hardly com­plain­ing. Steel is, af­ter all, one of the most durable ma­te­ri­als in the world of watch­mak ing and a great way to buy into some of the in­dus­try’s best brands. From stain­less steel dress watches to the resur­gence of sports luxe, watch lovers who want a lit­tle heft on the wrist now have more op­tions when con­sid­er­ing their next piece.

blanc­pain Villeret Quan­tième An­nuel GMT

There are two rea­sons why Blanc­pain’s lat­est should tickle a watch lover’s fancy. First, an an­nual cal­en­dar in steel is a rar­ity in the lux­ury watch in­dus­try. Sec­ond, it’s the only GMT that does away with a cen­tral GMT hand. In­stead, the 24-hour sub­dial sits at eight o’clock, al­most like a sub-sec­onds.

gi­rard-per­re­gaux her­itage Lau­re­ato

The Lau­re­ato first made its ap­pear­ance in 1975 along­side other sports luxe watches but its new in­car­na­tion isn’t quite the quartz­car­ry­ing watch it used to be. Re-re­leased this year for Gi­rard-per­re­gaux’s 225th an­niver­sary, the new Lau­re­ato boasts a me­chan­i­cal move­ment with 46 hours of power re­serve.

ja­quet droz Grande Se­conde Dual Time

One of the more con­tem­po­rary of­fer­ings from Ja­quet Droz in a while, the Grande Se­conde Dual Time in onyx dial is a sim­ple and el­e­gant ap­proach to the GMT func­tion while main­tain­ing the brand’s iconic fig­ure eight aes­thetic. The watches are a first in steel, out­side of its sportier SW Steel se­ries.

Glashütte orig­i­nal Sen­a­tor excellence

A clas­sic dress watch with a brand new in-house move­ment that boasts 100 hours of power re­serve, a silicon bal­ance spring, rig­or­ous test­ing and a prom­ise of ac­cu­racy to match, you can un­der­stand why we’re very, very happy that Glashütte Orig­i­nal de­cided to in­clude a steel ver­sion in the mix this year.

vacheron con­stantin over­seas chrono­graph

It’s safe to nod and say, “Sports luxe is mak­ing its re­turn.” Vacheron Con­stantin’s new­est (well, tech­ni­cally not) is by no means vin­tage. The new move­ment pow­er­ing it bears the Hall­mark of Geneva (a first for the Over­seas) and fea­tures a col­umn-wheel op­er­a­tion, all while look­ing every bit as stun­ning.

Rolex oys­ter per­pet­ual cos­mo­graph day­tona

Last year, Rolex showed off the white gold ver­sion of its beloved GMT Mas­ter II with the ce­ramic Pepsi Cola bezel and the world took to it like ducks to wa­ter. Build­ing on the success of rein­vig­o­rat­ing past col­lec­tions, the Crown un­veiled a new ver­sion of the ab­so­lute fan favourite, the Cos­mo­graph Day­tona this year. Made in 904L steel, with a monobloc Cer­achrom bezel in black ce­ramic, the new Day­tona is a hand­some trib­ute to the long his­tory of this leg­en­dar y chrono­graph. It’s rel­a­tively close to the vin­tage 1960s Panda dial with full black sub-di­als that we love. It might throw peo­ple off at first, but we’re con­fi­dent that this v er­sion (the ref­er­ence 116500LN ) will soon have its own fans.

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