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Prestigious watchmaking transitions easily from day to evening with these elegant timepieces

by 21 September 2012

Original designs, precious materials and unprecedented movements make haute horlogerie timepieces truly adaptable to our daily lives, wherever we might be in the world. Whether you already have a solid collection or are just starting to acquire fine watches, special occasions call for timepieces of a considerable calibre in order for you to make a good impression at an important business meeting or black-tie event. From the minimalist to the daring, read on for our recommendations of some of the year’s most expertly crafted watches.

Chronograph enthusiasts should not miss Patek Philippe’s innovative split-seconds chronograph with perpetual calendar, the new reference 5204 is a truly collectible item. Equipped with the Calibre CHR 29-535 PS Q, it is the new and improved version of the original CH 29-535 PS movement, which already had six patented innovations when it was first launched in 2009. The new movement has a thinner isolator system, a new split-seconds lever, as well as a Grande Complication function – the perpetual calendar. This precious 950 platinum watch’s clear display and user-friendliness is proof of the maison’s high watchmaking expertise.

A rebel at heart, Richard Mille's RM 052 Skull watch will change the way you look at traditional jewellery watches. Express yourself with this elegant yet rebellious timepiece featuring the skull - a symbol which never stops to capture our imagination. Richard Mille has crafted the baseplate and bridges in the shape of a grade 5 titanium skull, with its upper and lower jaws grinding the tourbillon cage's ruby. The movement is held together by four bridges like crossed bones pictured on the flag of a pirate ship. This limited edition 21-piece-set – 15 in titanium and six in red or white gold – is definitely a collector's item for those who seek nonconformity in haute horlogerie.

The credo of the new Montblanc Star Classique Automatic is emphatically “less is more.” Hours, minutes and small seconds are all a man needs to arrive punctually at every business meeting or private rendezvous. The Montblanc Star Classique Automatic is a wristwatch that is attractive, yet unostentatious, slim enough not to scrape or snag, and is legible at a glance, with an aura of tactful noblesse. The new Star Classique Automatic has a classically round, very slim and elegant gold case. The diameter is a contemporary 39-millimetre and has a moderate thickness of 8.9 millimeters. Seen here in 18-carat yellow gold, black dial and black alligator strap.