1) Vacheron Constantin
The world’s oldest watch manufacture might not be the first name to come to mind when you think of luxury sports watches, but Vacheron Constantin this year focuses the spotlight on its up-for-anything Overseas family. Aside from updating the design of the series so it looks more streamlined, the maison has also created three new calibres, which find a home in models such as the Overseas Chronograph. A big crowd-pleaser, the Overseas Chronograph features a twin-barrel, column-wheel chronograph movement, housed in a handsome watch with distinctive elements like a six-notch bezel.
The Reverso has come a long way since it was first designed – reversible case and all – for rough-and-tumble polo players: Eighty-five years, to be exact. Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates its most famous icon with a series of newcomers to the family, including its complex highlight, the Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon. This watch’s openwork Calibre 179 features the brand’s double-axis flying tourbillon, and the new movement has been designed such that it is 30 per cent smaller than previous Gyrotourbillon movements – making for a refined, striking timepiece that ticks both technical and aesthetic boxes.
3) Roger Dubuis
“At Roger Dubuis, every woman is a star,” said the brand’s rep, at the start of his presentation to the press today. And there were plenty of outstanding timepieces dedicated to these stars this year, with five new women’s Velvet models on show, including a collaboration with haute couture shoemaker Massaro. Carbon unites both masculine and feminine designs this year – it is the case material not just for the diamond-set Black Velvet watch, but also for the new Excalibur 42, the latest iteration of the brand’s automatic skeleton watch.