MAN OF THE HOUR: 5 OF THE BEST MEN’S WATCHES
Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar
The 1815 Annual Calendar is the second A. Lange & Söhne timepiece endowed with the eponymous calendar function featuring a manually wound movement and an analogue date, following the classic design and style principles of the 1815 watch family. Calculated to remain accurate for 122.6 years, the moon-phase display is integrated into the subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o’clock. On the left, they display the day and on the right the month, and for the first time in a Lange calendar model, the date can also be separately advanced with an additional recessed push piece. Screwed gold chatons, the screw balance, the whiplash spring and the hand-engraved balance cock harmoniously round out a movement finished to the ambitious standards of traditional Saxon watchmaking artistry.
Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42
The new Breitling Premier collection combines purpose with style, delivering quality, performance, and timeless design that are worthy of the watch brand’s proud legacy. The Premier B01 Chronograph 42 is equipped with the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. Developed in-house by Breitling, the Caliber 01 has established itself as one of the finest mechanical watch movements in the world. Presented in a robust 42-millimeter stainless-steel case with a transparent caseback, the clean dial design features contrasting black subdials with a chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small second subdial at 9 o’clock, along with a date window at 6 o’clock.
IWC Big Pilot’s ‘Le Petit Prince’
The 46-millimeter Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Le Petit Prince” features the characteristic blue dial which has become the signature trademark of IWC’s special editions in tribute of Antoine de Saint-Exupérys most famous literary work. The watch is powered by the IWC-manufactured 52110-caliber movement and features an efficient Pellaton automatic winding system with parts made from black or white ceramic. With its soft-iron inner case, it is optimally shielded against the influence of magnetic fields. This Pilot’s Watch has an engraving on the rear of the little prince with his cape and sword.
Hublot Aerofusion Black Magic
The luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot is well known for its art of fusion philosophy; a modern interpretation on fine watchmaking fused with material innovation. Among the brand’s signature codes is the “All Black” concept, shown here with a satin finished black ceramic case and bezel, self-winding skeleton chronograph movement, and sapphire dial mated to a refined rubber strap and clasp.
Zenith Defy El Primero 21
With all of the makings of an everyday wear, the Zenith Defy El Primero 21 has a unique advantage in the form of a strikingly executed 100th of a second chronograph movement and an exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per-second. Housed in a 44mm case with oversized stepped chronograph buttons, the timepiece features two separate escapements; one for the watch running at 36,000 VpH, and the second for the Chronograph running at 360,000 VpH. Fitted with its Titanium bracelet, the Defy El Primero 21 packs a heavyweight chronograph in a surprisingly light package.