It was a star-studded five days in Las Vegas at the Couture Show, where the new edition of Couture Time took place for the first time ever. While the Couture show has been ongoing for decades, the new Couture Time section featured more than 15 brands showcasing their newest products. These brands joined another dozen brands already exhibiting inside the Wynn Villas and on the show floor. We will be bringing a full look at the show in another article, but for now we wanted to show off half a dozen watches that were catching eyes and hearts at the exhibition – each of which depicts a particular trend hot in watches this year.
This year could well be dubbed the year of the auto-inspired watch. More brands than ever before are borrowing inspiration from racing cars of the past and present – with leather straps that emulate driving gloves and steering wheels all the way to incorporating racecar colors. Baume & Mercier, though, goes full throttle with the Capeland Shelby(R) Cobra 1963 Limited Edition Competition watches that pay homage to one of the most legendary names in auto racing: Carroll Shelby. This watch honors the Shelby Cobra 289 Sebring CSX2128 – one of the more iconic Cobras in history – having raced to victory in 1965 for the FIA Internationals Championship of GT Manufacturers.
The lines have been blurred between high-tech, three-dimensional design and haute horology as so many brands blend the two for watches that offer optimum technical prowess and out-of-this-worldly design. The Bovet Shooting Star is a prime example. The Tourbillon GMT portrays hemispheric universal time with a selectable time zone and 24 cities indication. A cartographer was specially commissioned to design this atypical 3D map of the globe, which displays the exact time anywhere in the world thanks to Bovet’s proprietary time zone hand. The unique perspective of the Shooting Star also pairs universal time with moon phase indicator, jumping hours and retrograde minutes.
We are seeing a lot more diamonds on the market as watch brands dazzle us with incredible settings. Such is the case with this Dior Timepieces Grand Soir Frou-Frou, which is designed to emulate all things ruffles and elegance. The $212,000 watch is a one-of-a-kind piece, but there are many others like it in the brand’s diamond and gemstone watch collection. The 38mm watch houses an automatic movement. It is crafted in white gold wit h baguette-cut diamond-set yell0w gold bezel. The mother of pearl dial is set with diamonds, as well.
Pilots and lovers of aviation can indulge this year in a host of watches designed to delight their aeronautic indulgences. Some brands offer true instruments of flight, while others sport great aviation accents. From Graham, this new Chronofighter has a blend of retro-inspired design and modern day macho. The 44 mm watch celebrates the 15th anniversary of the brand’s Chronofighter watch – that was designed to honor the aircrews of RAF Bomber Command more than half a century ago. The Swiss made watch, with automatic movement, features a domed sapphire crystal and clearly legible chronograph indications. It even looks great on a woman.
Watches with architectural inspirations are stealing hearts this year, as well. Many brands are turning to art deco buildings, to iconic structures and even bridges for inspiration in design. Corum’s all new Golden Bridge watch is a prime example of technical prowess and architectural influence. This watch marks the first time the brand has unveiled the Golden Bridge in a round case instead of rectangular. To fill out the look of the watch, the brand turns to the structural elements of the Golden Gate Bridge for design inspiration – filling out the case with modular segments that offer geometry, architecture and elegance. The 18-karat rose gold 43mm watch retails for $41,700.
Easily one of the most beloved complications, the tourbillon (which compensates for errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity when the watch is in certain positions) fascinates us with its constantly moving, always mesmerizing elegance. Now, Zenith incorporates the tourbillon escapement with fuse’e and chain, constant force escapement and more in the limited edition Academy Georges Favre-Jacot Tourbillon. Just 150 pieces will be made in rose gold ($86,000) and in black ceramic ($76,00). The 45 watch is delightful to view not only thanks to the tourbillon, but also due to the highly visible fuse’e chain and aperture for viewing the skeletonized movement.
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