Best prestigious watches Featured

Top watchmakers find new verve from their illustrious history to create new iconic timepieces
by 16 February 2012

The resounding message this year from the world’s top watch manufacturers is making history better. Classic timepieces successfully ride the fine line between haute horlogerie and high design with beautiful proportions, innovative materials and expert movements. Our highlight of luxury watches showcases a selection for him and her, with an interesting story behind each of them for a unique time travel experience.

Van Cleef & Arpels celebrates Pierre Arpels’ legacy with a new rendition of his eponymous timepiece collection. The new Pierre Arpels watch looks just as elegant as when it was first created over 60 years ago. This is a classic round watch with a white lacquer dial, decorated with the honeycomb pattern of a black-tie shirt front. The watch sits elegantly on the wrist and slips discreetly under the cuff. Powered by Piaget 830P mechanical manual winding movement, Pierre Arpels comes in pink or white gold, in 38 or 42-millimetre diameters. Diamond-set references easily make Pierre Arpels every lady’s man.

Cartier’s classic, unisex Tank collection conquered the world capitals of Paris, London and New York between 1847 and 1909 with its paired down design and timeless elegance, which stands the test of time. Cartier debuts the new Tank Anglaise with three types of gold and three unique sizes. The limited edition Tank Folle with its dreamlike shape will without doubt appeal to a woman’s daring side. Tank Louis Cartier XL Slimline watch with a thickness of only 5.1 millimetres exudes masculine refinement.

Piaget launches its first men's watch collection with Gouverneur. It intricately balances round and oval designs to create the classic yet contemporary watches, which look just as fabulous on a woman's wrist. Choose from pink gold or diamond-set white gold references, all powered by an in-house movement by Piaget. Gouverneur Tourbillon has the world's thinnest tourbillon, and the astronomical moon phase indicator requires adjustment only once every 122 years! All this comes with haute horlogerie finish, making the Gouverneur Piaget's new star this year.

Montblanc launches the new Princesse Grace de Monaco watch and jewellery collection in honour of the style icon. The stainless steel watch has Montblanc’s mother-of-pearl emblem on the white dial, the princess’ monogramme engraved on the case back and is powered by the in-house 4810/160 movement. Complemented by a white alligator leather strap, it is perfect for active women who do not want to sacrifice elegance. The epitome of style is without doubt the new jewellery collection with its feminine design inspired by flower petals. Make a beautiful set with the Pétales Entrelacés or Pétales de Rose rings, earrings, bracelets and bangles.

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