Powered by complex mechanisms, these 7 Perpetual Calendar timepieces elegantly trace the passage of the moments as they flow into days, months and years.
A NEAT IDEA
As one month changes to another, Parmigiani’s Tonda Centum offers a little visual treat for its owner – its retrograde date hand will instantaneously sweep back from the last day of the month to the first. This is but one of its striking features: The 42mm rose gold watch also features a minimalist moonphase indicator with two lunar displays, one for each of the earth’s hemispheres.
The Langematik Perpetual marks more than just the opening of A. Lange & Sohne’s first boutique in Moscow – it is also the fi rst time the brand is off ering a black dial in a white gold (instead of platinum) case. Powered by the automatic Calibre L922.1, the 38.5mm perpetual calendar also features the brand’s zero-reset mechanism – when the crown is pulled to set the time, the seconds hand returns to 12.
For those who enjoy traditional high complications as much as they appreciate avant-garde styling, the Ulysse Nardin El Toro GMT Perpetual is a model to consider. Rich blue – the colour of its ceramic bezel, dial accents and leather strap – forms a striking contrast with its 43mm rose gold case. Driven by an inhouse automatic movement, the perpetual calendar timepiece also includes a dual-time function.
With a thickness of just 9.2mm and a diameter of 39mm, and distinguished by a black sunray dial set against a steel case, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual is discreet even as it offers a host of information. Topped by a moonphase display, the three subdials beneath show the day of the week, date and month, while the year aperture sits between seven and eight o’clock.
REACH FOR THE MOON
A favourite function of watch enthusiasts, if only for its evocative qualities, the moonphase display is a key focus in IWC’s Portugieser Perpetual Calendar. Featuring a double-moon display representing the states of the moon in the North and South Hemispheres, the lunar indicator diverges by a stunning one day in 577.6 years. Driven by an automatic movement, the 44.2mm white gold timepiece has a seven-day power reserve.
The Senator Perpetual Calendar by Glashutte Original gains its striking appearance not just from its tidy and ultra-legible date/day/month/lunar displays. Its dial, too, tells an interesting story: Made in the brand’s own dial manufacture in Germany, the deep blue shade is achieved by a galvanisation process that requires some 40 steps. The automatic timepiece comes in a 42mm steel case.
Audemars Piguet has a long history in creating perpetual calendar watches with mechanical calendars that – if they are constantly kept wound – do not need to be adjusted until 2100. The brand’s latest Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar models have been upsized from 39mm to 41mm, which allows more space for new features such as the week-of-the-year display on the periphery of the dial. Powered by the automatic Calibre 5134, the watch is shown here in yellow gold.