Watches are no longer the robust tools we use in everyday life. We tell the time with our phones, and watches instead have taken on a much more important role as communicating something about ourselves. In spite of this, some watch companies continue to invest heavily in a traditional form of watchmaking where innovation is front of mind as the industry develops. Here are some of those manufacturers, offering us a few of the most innovative watches of 2019.
VACHERON CONSTANTIN TRADITIONNELLE TWIN BEAT PERPETUAL CALENDAR
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
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
In a landscape dominated almost totally by three-handed watches, it is both a rare and exciting moment when you look at a watch for the first time and do a double take. Try not to respond like that when you lay eyes on the HYT SOONOW, a wristwatch that departs so enthusiastically from the traditional aesthetic that you can’t help but wonder where you’ve ended up and what’s going on. The time is communicated via a borosilicate glass capillary tube that allows the slow flow of a bright blue fluid, which passes an hour marker once every 60 minutes. Featuring a central skull motif, this watch is anything but the bare bones.
Ref No: H02237 / Case size: 48.8mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: Hand-wind mechanical / Price: CHF 75,000