Few watches scream haute horology like a perpetual calendar. In fact, in the eyes of many enthusiasts, a QP is the nonpareil of complicated timepieces … which is totally understandable, especially when you consider that these infinitesimal mechanical movements are capable of accurately giving owners so much information. What’s more interesting still is how different one QP can look to the next. With that in mind, we thought we’d share with you five of the most exciting perpetual calendar watches of the last year:
Arguably Austria’s best known watch brand stormed into 2019 with the Habring Perpetual-Doppel, which is a new perpetual calendar with the added complication of a rattrapante chronograph. It was released to celebrate the brand’s 15th birthday. This model comes in two dial variants. The dial-side modifications made in-house to relatively straightforward movements by the husband-and-wife-led team are really something. This particular Habring manages to display a huge amount of information in a clear, aesthetically distinct and unconsciously cool manner.
Ref No: Perpetual-Doppel / Case size: 43mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: A11P / Price: $34,000
IWC BIG PILOT’S WATCH PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPITFIRE
The Big Pilot series is one of the most iconic ranges within the IWC catalogue. For a brand capable of some seriously high-end horology, also having an established behemoth in the collection is a massive advantage. Why? Because it provides some serious space to pack out with complications. This perpetual calendar is 46.2mm and uses every square millimetre to great effect.
Ref No: IW503601 / Case size: 46.2mm / Case material: Bronze / Movement: 52615 / Price: $42,600
JAEGER-LECOULTRE MASTER ULTRA THIN ENAMEL QP
Perpetual calendars are never easy to get right. Aside from the complexity of the movement involved, laying out all that information legibly and attractively takes a huge amount of skill and restraint. Especially when trying to imbue the dial with interest. JLC has nailed it here. And the blue tone of the dial is as sublime as the dial decoration is truly expert.
Ref No: Q13035E1 / Case size: 39mm / Case material: White gold / Movement: 868/A2 / Price: $85,500
BULGARI OCTO ROMA GRANDE SONNERIE PERPETUAL CALENDAR
Bulgari reaffirms its status as among the heaviest of hitters in the haute horlogerie arena with the deadset extraordinary Bulgari Octo Roma Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar in Carbon CTP, a material chosen for its acoustic qualities. This 44mm machine contains 1180 components and a host of complications, including a minute repeater, grande and petite sonnerie, tourbillon, perpetual calendar, moon phase and chime power reserve indicators. Just a fashion brand, eh?
Ref No: 103195 / Case size: 44mm / Case material: Carbon CTP / Movement: BVL 980 / Price: POA
VACHERON CONSTANTIN TRADITIONNELLE TWIN BEAT PERPETUAL CALENDAR
Early last year, Vacheron Constantin released the Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar to great acclaim. It is technically remarkable, with its adjustable-frequency movement that can be tailored to individual lifestyles and demands. It is also aesthetically avant-garde, adding contemporary swagger to counterbalance classicism.
Ref No: 3200T/000P-B578 / Case size: 42mm / Case material: Platinum / Movement: Calibre 3610 QP / Price: POA