What makes a timepiece stand out? Although there is something to be said for an overwhelmingly recognizable status symbol such as a Paul Newman - or any Rolex, for that matter - are there luxury watches that make it worth straying away from the status quo? We believe so; read on for additional information about the most exceptional wristwatches currently on the market.
Those interested in incorporating art into their ensembles will appreciate the existential questions posed by the minimalistic design of the Haldimann H9 Reduction. With a proprietary central triple-barrel flying tourbillon face that is concealed by an opaque black glass, the watch serves as more of a philosophical statement than a functioning timepiece. By not being able to see the time displayed, the H9 represents the concept that "time can thus be imagined, dreamed, [and] invented".
Price: 150,000 CHF
While some argue that displaying time in 15-minute intervals is inaccurate, the overall design of the Midnight Planétarium Watch compensates for what could be perceived by some as an artistic inconvenience with its unique beauty. Composed of a pink gold bezel, crown, and case with an aventurine dial and a sapphire case back, this timepiece from the Poetic Complications Collection lives up to the luxury reputation of Van Cleef & Arpels. The main feature of the piece is its portrayal of the "six planets visible to the naked eye" on its face. Represented by six separate jewels, the miniscule planets move on their own discs at the genuine speed of their respective rotations. Why have the whole world in your hand if you could display the solar system on your wrist?
Price: 220,500 EUR
Available in both 18-karat rose gold and in 18-karat white gold, the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon is one of the higher-functioning timepieces featured within this list. With a Gravitational Tourbillion Cage and a Patented Differential Gears System, this piece goes above and beyond by displaying time through three separate axes. A complete 18 pieces, it also features a 1-karat, 288-faceted diamond, and a magnesium lacquered globe - both of which rotate in 60 seconds on two axes. The Astronomia is a masterpiece of mechanic movement, but one might want to consider hiring security if wearing this watch out and about.
Price: 1,000,000 CHF
Described as a watch with "in-house movement [and] mechanical lift", the Hautlence Labyrinth 01 comes across exactly as the name suggests. With a labyrinth as its sole display, this timepiece would be best for those who are less interested in utility and more drawn to an accessory that makes a statement. With the case finished in grade 5 titanium, the glass an extra-hard beveled sapphire crystal, and the dial set in 18-karat 5N red gold, what could be mistaken by a child for a miniature game is anything but.
Price: 12,000 CHF
Not to be mistaken for the Golden Bridge Automatic, the Corum Golden Bridge is a masterpiece in its own right. Described by the brand as a piece with "the first and only in-line baguette movement in the market", the Golden Bridge's claim to fame certainly sets it apart from other exceptional timepieces. With a transparent, sapphire crystal dial, bridges and plates of 18-karat red gold, and a screwed-in open back cover of the same material, the Golden Bridge is not only notable in its composition, but in its appearance.
Price: 25,500 GBP
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