Original photography by Jens Mortensen
The Geneva Watchmaker introduces a sporty dash of lume to one of Switzerland’s most understated marques. Paired with a blue dial produced exclusively for its New York authorized dealer Cellini, this timepiece is the rarest of the rare. Price: $43,700
LEFT: This slender white gold three-hander measures just 8.7 mm thin, sliding under a dress shirt sleeve with ease. The in-house Blancpain movement, visible through a sapphire crystal caseback, measures 3.37 mm from top to bottom, despite the fact that it boasts automatic winding and requires some 210 components to produce. Price: $19,400
RIGHT: With a design strongly influenced by vintage Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic timepieces from the mid-twentieth century, the aptly named 1957 dress watch strikes a profile straight from the set of “Mad Men.” From the domed dial to the tapered lugs and vintage-inspired hour markers, the designers at Girard-Perregaux absolutely nailed this elegant dress watch. Price: $10,300
The signature attribute of this modern classic from Breguet is its handmade white grand feu enamel dial. Prized for its depth, beauty and immutability, grand feu enamel befits a watchmaker as meticulous as Breguet. From the dial, to the hands, to the movement, to the case and strap, every element of this watch is made at the highest possible level. Price: $23,200
The Calatrava may just be the Platonic ideal of the wristwatch. This yellow gold officer’s timepiece has a characteristic dust cover on the caseback that can be opened, revealing the sapphire glass that protects the in-house Patek Philippe movement. The inside of the hunter caseback is practically made for engraving. Price: $32,320
LEFT: The Senator Excellence is an attractive, three-hand dress watch with all of the German engineering under the dial that we expect from Glashütte Original. For starters, its new movement, the in-house caliber 36, impressively reserves 100 hours of power. That long-running autonomy comes via a single spring barrel. The watch’s efficiency and accuracy are further enhanced with an all-new silicon hairspring. Price: $9,700
RIGHT: The Reverso is one of those iconic watches that belongs in every serious watch collection. Invented for gentlemen polo players on the Indian Subcontinent , its swiveling, protective case construction is an early example of durable sports watch design. Today the Reverso is most often worn as a dress watch and given as a gift to mark major occasions and achievements, its case an ideal canvas for personalized engraving.
To many watch collectors, Rolex is all about its sport models, but it would be a mistake to overlook the Cellini, a three-hand dress watch sans date that burnishes the crown for more buttoned down occasions . Seen here in white gold, the Cellni has the hallmarks of quality workmanship and design that have come to define Rolex watchmaking for generations.
The Cintrée Curvex case is inextricably linked to the Franck Muller brand, its tapered, tonneau shape striking a distinctive silhouette. Here the Cintrée Curvex is seen in its most classic execution, a simple three-hander with an elegant gold case. Price: $18,990
While wearers can appreciate the Elite 6150’s refined silhouette, the timepiece’s innerworkings are a genuine mark of expert Swiss craftsmanship. An automatic twin-barrel caliber beating at 28,800 VPH and a four-day, 100-hour power reserve gives the Elite 6150 a robust edge to its graceful façade. Price: $8,300