Progress, like clock hands, may be relentlessly surging forward, but the creators behind the time-honoured craft of watchmaking have been holding back on the slick innovations, turning instead to the watch’s roots and its functional nature. These classic models dial it down to the basics: the artistry of the classic wristwatch, the elegance of simplicity, and the harmonious rhythm of a flawlessly executed mechanism.
Toric Kaleidoscope Prestige
Inspired by a pocket watch dating back to the late 18th century belonging to the Sandoz collection and restored by the Parmigiani Fleurier restoration workshop, this unique piece showcases a rotating disk with mother-of-pearl inlay under a delicate rose-gold rosette. A hand-engraved gold “guilloche” dial with a kaleidoscope effect adds visual interest, while a “cathedral chime” minute-repeater movement with two gongs treats the ears, playing four melodies. Power reserve 40 hours. Water resistance 10m.
At Palladio, (604) 685-3885, parmigiani.com
Altiplano 38mm 900D
Piaget Altiplano watches are known for their masterfully crafted, ultra-thin mechanisms. In this year’s freshly launched 900D, the 18k white-gold case has been whittled down to an unprecedented 5.6mm, to earn the title of world’s thinnest jewellery watch. In an ingenious design, Piaget’s iconic hand-wound calibre movement merges to become one with the exterior. Inlaid baguette diamonds stud the case, encircled by a scatter of brilliant-cut diamonds on the dial, for an organic feel that brings out the play of light. Power reserve of approximately 48 hours.
At Siba Jewellers, (604) 689-9608, piaget.com
1940 Radiomir Ref. PAM00655
First presented in the Radiomir 1940 series, the graphic style’s white dial makes a classical yet sporty statement. Bold black hour markers enhance readability, with a seconds dial at nine o’clock. The distinctively sleek case shows a diameter of 42mm and a thickness of only 10.93mm. Power reserve for 3 days with two barrels. Water resistance 100m.
At Palladio, (604) 685-3885, panerai.com
Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar Ref.4300V/120G-B102
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas series infuses its craftsmanship with global influences. The new model highlights two sophisticated mechanisms: a perpetual calendar and moon phases. On an 18k white gold case only 8.1mm thick, the slate gray dial displays the date, time of day, and month at 3, 9, 12 o’clock. Three interchangeable bracelets: leather, gold, and rubber. 40-hour power reserve.
At Palladio, (604) 685-3885, vacheron-constantin.com
Complications Collection Ref. 5930G-001
Patek Philippe introduced its first “world time” model in 1940. After more than 70 years, the new World Time Chronograph carries on the legacy. With a reinvented movement, a blue element displays 24 city names, representing 24 time zones. The 24-hour ring doubles as a day/night indicator, with brightness-adjustable backgrounds for day and night. A small gap between the city disk and the 24-hour ring accommodates the seconds scale with fourth-of-a-second graduations. 30-minute counter at 6 o’clock. Power reserve 50–55 hours. Water resistance 30m.
At Brinkhaus Jewellers, (604) 689-7055, patek.com
Lady Serenade Ref. 1-39-22
Inspired by the refinement of the “little black dress” and a simple white blouse, Glashütte Original Lady Serenade creates pieces in timeless combinations of black and white that transcend fashion trends. Three new models of the Original Lady Serenade series present a choice of white or black dials and straps. The sunburst motif on a deep black dial stands in vivid contrast to the brilliant diamonds and metal case. Date display window at 6 o’clock. Power reserve 40 hours. Water resistance 50m.
At Lugaro Jewellers, (604) 925-2043, glashuette-original.com
Produced and Chinese Text by Rui Chen English Text by Kate Missine