The 6 most charming annual calendar watches you can buy right now
Keep track of the dates with these stylish timepieces.
01: MIGHTY MARKER
A lot more than just an annual calendar watch, the Richard Mille RM32 is also a flyback chronograph designed for deep-sea diving. (Its pushers and crown can be protected by a locking crown, even at depths of up to 300m). This highly technical automatic watch will likely find many fans among desk divers as well – they just have to be mindful that its 50mm titanium three-part case has a presence that will definitely make itself felt.
02: IN ITS ELEMENT
Combining traditional elegance with modern functionality, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chronograph is a 43mm steel timepiece with a glossy white grand feu enamel dial. A 30-minute chronograph subdial at three o’clock is balanced by a month indicator at nine o’clock, while blued steel hands and blue accents provide elegant contrast to the watch’s white dial.
03: ON THE ASCENT
Doubling on the flying theme, the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint-Exupery” is one of the latest additions to a collection that pays tribute to the late French aviator and author. Housed within the 46.2mm red gold case are distinguishing details such as the letter A below the month, date and day displays, as well as a plane-shaped rotor.
04: COUNTING THE DAYS
Inspired by a 1920s Minerva chronograph wristwatch made by its high-end manufacturing facility Villeret, Montblanc created the Heritage Chronometrie Chronograph Annual Calendar. This 42mm watch, shown here in steel, marks the first time Montblanc is combining an annual calendar with a chronograph. We like the high contrast created by the gold applied indexes and blued steel hands against its silvery-white dial.
05: BRILLIANT IDEA
As the inventor of the annual calendar complication in wristwatches, Patek Philippe continues to set the standard for such timepieces. In the Ref. 5396R-015, a vibrant sunburst blue dial and applied diamond hour markers set the stage for a formal and functional timepiece, clad in a handsome 38.5mm rose gold case. The automatic timepiece also features a moonphase display and a 24-hour indicator.
06: ON THE MARK
You’ll always have a firm grasp of the passing days with A. Lange & Sohne’s Saxonia Annual Calendar, which displays its calendar indications with the sensible clarity synonymous with the brand. Similarly, the 38.5mm white gold watch is also all about accuracy, time-wise. Thanks to its zero-reset function, its seconds hand will return to the 12 o’clock position when the crown is pulled, allowing for greater time-setting accuracy.