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Top 5 Luxury Watch Trends of 2016

Timepieces that run longer on a single winding; straps that can be easily swopped; sizes that fit both men and women – the biggest trends for 2016 are all about the consumer.

01: THE LONG RUN

Just as we crave longer battery lives for digital devices, so too do we yearn for mechanical watches with extended power reserves. while parmigiani led the charge with its senfine concept movement, which has a whopping 70-day power reserve, A number of other brands also showcased
new timepieces that outlast the competition.

  • 01: Glashutte Original Senator Excellence
    Beneath the sober, minimalist exterior of Glashutte Original’s brand new Senator Excellence lies the new, in-house developed Calibre 36, which has a single spring barrel that delivers 100 hours of power reserve. To achieve this, the barrel was enlarged and the arbor reduced in size to accommodate a longer mainspring. The 4Hz movement is also fitted with a silicon balance spring, a first for the manufacture.

02: SIZING DOWN

A decade ago, supersized behemoths upwards of 44mm were all the rage. Five years later, the shift towards more reasonably sized 40mm and 42mm timepieces began. Now, this downward shift becomes even more pronounced, with the introduction of 36mm models.

  • 01: Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph 5930G
    With a white gold case 39.5mm wide and 12mm high, the 5930G is the world’s smallest watch with world-time and chronograph functions – and also marks the first time Patek Philippe is combining both complications in a watch (excluding a unique piece made for a client in 1940). It packs in two useful features – a 24 time zone world-timer and 30-minute chronograph, driven by the new Calibre CH 28-520 HU. The three-part dial features a hand-guilloche centre with stunning blue PVD treatment.

03: BLACK MAGIC

Dark knights storm into the horological arena, brandishing stealthy coats of armour in the form of DLC, PVD and newer, high-tech materials like Breitlight. Yup – black, once again, is the new black.

  • 01: Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon
    Sheathed in a sleek black DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating, Bulgari’s Octo Ultranero collection targets a younger, trendier, sportier clientele, as compared to the regular Octo collection. Crowning the series is the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, a manually wound timepiece with an ultra-thin flying tourbillon, housed in a DLC-coated titanium case just 5mm thick. The three other Octo Ultranero novelties, comprising a chronograph, and two variations of a three-hander with date, come in cases crafted from DLC-coated steel.

04: REPEATING HISTORY

Old is gold as watchmakers reissue vintage classics to assert their horological heritage. Their audience? Fans of the originals as well as a newer crowd eager to catch up on what they missed the first time round.

  • 01: Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set
    Panerai’s pre-Vendome pieces – produced before the brand’s 1997 acquisition by the Vendome Luxury Group (today’s Richemont) – continue to attract healthy demand. Wise, then, for Panerai to release a 500-piece limited edition box set targeting collectors and enthusiasts. The set consists of two models created for Sylvester Stallone in 1996: a Luminor Black Seal with left-hand crown (PAM 649) and a Luminor Daylight with white dial and blue numerals/markers (PAM 650).

05: BANDMATES

Keen on swopping your watch strap for a bracelet, or vice versa? No longer do you need to fuss around with tools or hotfoot it to your nearest watch retailer. A bevy of brands are making it a cinch to switch your straps for a different look each time.

  • 01: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
    Vacheron Constantin’s revamped Overseas line, including models like the Overseas Chronograph, has plenty going for it: good looks, new calibres, open casebacks. Amid the buzz, one feature that might be overlooked is the fast-changing strap system. Wearers simply have to release a catch on the underside of the strap and they can swop it for one of two other options provided (metal bracelet, and leather or rubber strap). As a bonus, the length of the metal bracelet can also be adjusted by up to 4mm.
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