Hours and hours of manual labour, extraterrestrial materials like a block of meteorite taken from between Mars and Jupiter, wearers with a licence to kill: the new timekeepers for men can pack a punch. Watch expert Alexander Pfeffer had a punctual look around.
Omega Even Dr. No would say yes to this watch: in the new Bond flick Spectre, which will be released in Austria in early November, the Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre Limited Edition made its spectacular debut on the wrist of 007. The timekeeper is waterproof to 300 metres and is resistant to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss – perfect for one of Her Majesty’s agents, then. Limited edition of just 7007. Jaeger-LeCoultre The new Master Calendar by the luxury Swiss manufactory Jaeger-LeCoultre is out of this world. The face is made from a single block of meteorite, which was found and registered in Sweden and which came from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Inside the moon phase model ticks the brand’s very own automatic calibre made of 305 component parts, which can be easily observed through the sapphire glass back. Rolex Rolex surfaced at Baselworld this year with a submergible watch – and provided much to talk about at the largest trade fair: the new version of the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master – completely black with 18-carat Everose gold – is equipped with the Oysterflex bracelet developed and patented by Rolex. It looks like rubber, but is in fact made of pliable metal spring blades, making it particularly robust and flexible. The bottom line: it’s the sporty alternative to a metal bracelet. Louis Vuitton 50 hours of manual labour per watch face, oil paints in 30 shades and hardened in a 100-degree oven: the Escale Worldtime watch was ranked one of the timekeepers of 2014 because of its watch face alone. This year Louis Vuitton has upgraded the model even further, equipping it with a minute repeater. Escale Répétition Minutes Worldtime is strictly limited. Piaget Andy Warhol would have rejoiced in the new Black Tie Inspiration Vintage by Piaget: after all, the design is based on a watch from the ’70s, one of the Pop Artist’s favourite models. In the new edition of the design classic, the quartz mechanism has been replaced by the 534P automatic calibre. In contrast to the inky black onyx, white gold was chosen for this model, ensuring a masculine touch.