Mechanical watches brands relaunch their historic collections Featured

Long traditions of excellence are showcased in these masterpieces
by 22 April 2011

The need for a good challenge is a common denominator among fine watchmakers today. Though long established as prestigious manufacturers, having a great name is not enough, especially in a world where watch collectors and enthusiasts are always looking for more. Instead of relying on their distinctions, watch manufacturers have gone back to the drawing board and made their classics better than ever. We’ve spotted a few new legends in the making.

A. Lange & Söhne – Richard Lange “Pour le Mérite”
A. Lange & Söhne drew inspiration from master watchmaker Johann Heinrich Seyffert's work in the early 19th century for the German royal court. They came up with its fourth "Pour le Mérite" timepiece. The watch has an innovative dial design, where the hour, minute and seconds displays overlap each other. The Richard Lange "Pour le Mérite" watch also pays tribute to Seyffert's quest for precision. By pulling on the crown, the tourbillon can be halted, allowing the watch to be set to one-second accuracy.
€176,500 platinum
€146,200 oro rosa/pink gold

IWC – The Portofino Dual Time
As Kurt Klaus, from IWC’s Research and Development department, recalled, the Portofino collection was created some 30 years ago for Italian customers looking for an elegant yet mechanically brilliant watch. The new Portofino collection is dedicated to all watch lovers. Associate Director of Research & Development at IWC, Stefan Ihnen, recommends the Portofino Dual Time especially for travellers. It keeps track of the time back home with a 24-hour display in the upper half of the dial.
€14,800 red gold
€7,850 steel

Jaeger-LeCoultre – Grande Reverso
This year, the Reverso celebrates its 80th birthday. Its design concept originated in 1931, when English polo players in India needed an unbreakable watch that could withstand the impact of their demanding sport. So, Jaeger-LeCoultre watch designers came up with an ingenious idea: a watch with a reversible case. The new Grande Reverso Ultra Thin is equipped with Calibre 822, which is only 2.94 mm thick. You can even have your initials, polo club's emblem, or lucky number engraved on the back.
€5,500 steel
€11,500 pink gold 500 pieces

Montblanc – Collection Villeret 1858 The New Vintage Pulsographe
The new Vintage Pulsographe from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 takes you back to the 1930s, when the chronograph gained popularity not only among doctors, but also in the world of haute horlogerie. The enamel dial of the new watch has a user-friendly pulse scale. With the press of a button, you can count your pulse rate anytime, anywhere. Equipped with the in-house movement, Calibre MB M13.21, the new Vintage Pulsographe is a genuine treasure.
€37,000 white gold
€35,000 red gold

Piaget – Altiplano
Named after the Altiplano, the world’s highest inhabited region, Piaget’s iconic timepiece is the thinnest automatic watch ever made. Created over 50 years ago, the Altiplano collection has become a true style icon of today. The new pavé references range from elegant to extravagant. Entirely crafted and gem-set in-house, the Altiplano references house Piaget’s ultra-thin movements: 430P, 450P, 838P and 1208P. Different sizes, metals and gem-set styles make the Altiplano more dynamic than ever.
€18,300 40 mm, 40 mm, pink gold with 72 diamonds
€32,500 34mm, 34mm, white gold with 72 diamonds, pavé dial
€35,800 38mm, 38mm, white gold with 72 diamonds, pavé dial
€17,800 34mm, 34mm, pink gold with 72 diamonds
€18,200 34mm, 34mm, white gold with 72 diamonds
€21,600 43mm, 43mm, white gold with 88 diamonds