01 PLAYING IT COOL
Summer is (always) here, so it’s time to give some of your accessories a sporty overhaul. You can start with IWC and its new “Summer Edition” of the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph. Like the “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” edition, this Portugieser features a blue dial with a rubber strap, but changes it up with white subdials and a blue rubber strap, instead of a black one. Prefer the seasonal makeover on a different IWC? Then pick out a new fabric strap in variations of pale blue and light grey, now available for the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII, Pilot’s Watch Chronograph, Portofino Automatic, Portofino Chronograph and the Portugieser Chronograph.
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02 THE MIDAS TOUCH
You don’t need flashy complications to make an impact on an anniversary. Just look at Jaquet Droz’s 280th-anniversary piece, the Grande Seconde Tribute. It retains the exact same design as the first one launched in 2002 (and the pocket watch that inspired it), and the overlapping figure-eight subdials and creamy enamel face prove that it’s a formula that still works remarkably well. The major difference here is the case material – it’s the first time Jaquet Droz has released a watch in yellow gold. The self-winding 43mm watch is limited to 88 pieces.
03 COLOUR ME GEEKY
Celebrate your love for fine watchmaking, art, cinema and, oddly enough, Star Wars, all with one watch. The Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Hyperspace, revealed at the Cannes Film Festival this year, is a skeletonised beauty with an impressive paint job. Inspired by the famous franchise’s Millennium Falcon spacecraft travelling at light speed, the burst of colours was achieved by micro- and miniature painting using a brush that’s an eyelash thick. The case is in titanium and the watch features a flying silicon tourbillon and seven days of power reserve.
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