CARTIER TANK FRANÇAISE
There’s just something about the Cartier Tank Française that makes it special. The Tank Française, which debuted a metal bracelet in 1996, takes its classic good looks from the original Tank. That bracelet is now offered in a choice of steel, yellow gold, and diamonds set in either the bracelet or the clasp.
ZENITH DEFY SKYLINE SKELETON
It makes perfect sense for Julien Tornare and his team to capitalise on the success of Zenith’s new DEFY Skyline collection, which was a major surprise hit in 2022. This Skeleton version, in black and blue and powered by the legendary El Primero movement, was unveiled in Singapore at LVHM Watch Week and is a killer sporty number at 41mm. The contrast between the rubber strap and the steel bracelet, along with the convenient strap-changing mechanism, gives the impression of receiving two watches for the price of one. Zenith watches are £9,700 and can be purchased on their website.
TAG HEUER AQUARACER PROFESSIONAL 200 SOLARGRAPH
This new Solargraph Aquaracer is the follow-up to last year’s smash hit, and it is powered solely by light, whether it be from the sun or an electric bulb. This 40mm titanium piece is incredibly comfortable on the wrist and, like all Aquaracers, is designed for the daring. The Super-LumiNova is so bright that it can be seen even at depths of 200 metres in water. For £2550.
HUBLOT BIG BANG UNICO INTEGRATED KING GOLD RAINBOW
Hublot’s rubber straps have revolutionised the watch industry, so when the brand finally does release a watch with a bracelet, you can be sure it will be luxurious. In this case, the bracelet alone features 768 gemstones, and the dial has another 174. Crafted from King Gold and not just any old gold, this timepiece has a Unico Manufacture self-winding movement and enough power to last for three days. And apart from the gems, its 42mm diameter isn’t too intimidating. But there is a price to pay. 144 thousand pound sterling.
SEIKO PRESAGE TAKUMI “THE LAUREL” ANNIVERSARY EDITION
In honour of the milestone, the company has released this ultra-chic enamel timepiece that reimagines the first wristwatch ever made in Japan (in 1913). Despite being a symbol of the company, the Laurel timepieces were reportedly difficult to manufacture because contemporary machinery was not equipped to handle a mechanism any smaller than a pocket watch. The updated Laurel has an enamel dial that was painstakingly recreated by hand by master Japanese artisan Mr. Yokosawa, who relied solely on time-honored heritage enamelling techniques. The modern Automatic in-house 6R27 calibre movement keeps things ticking with a power reserve of over 45 hours, and the strap is a leather deep enough to pay homage to the original design. Seiko Boutique; £1,600; U.K.