10/9/2019 / In Timepieces
All of the signs of fall are here, and as you start prepping for cooler weather and sweater season, it’s also the perfect time to start thinking about finding the right watch for the season. This fall, we’re seeing luxury watches for men trend toward imaginative and inspirational designs with rich, earthy tones and distinct golds that will round out fall palettes. Our top three picks, which include limited edition watches and distinct features, will make you stand apart this year.
Patek Philippe 7130 - Complications
If you’re a jetsetter, the Patek Philippe 7130 - Complications isn’t just a fashionable watch—it’s a highly functional one as well. The name ‘complication’ comes from a watchmaking term that describes the flourishes that are added beyond simply telling time. In true Patek Philippe tradition, this watch tells time in cities across the Americas, Asia, and Europe in stunning display.
In fact, since the International Meridian Conference established 24 time zones across the globe in 1884, Patek Philippe’s engineers and watchmakers have produced the highest quality watches that showcase those time zones. With a quick glance, the dark brown ring shows those cities experiencing darkness with a moon to represent midnight and the lighter ring shows daytime with a sun to represent midday. And the watch can be instantly adjusted to reflect the time zone in which you’re traveling.
The 7130 was designed with fall in mind, with earthy hues that will coordinate beautifully with the season’s wardrobes. The rich brown alligator strap is the perfect complement to the dial, and the rose gold case, embellished with an exquisite diamond bezel, are sure to enhance your fall attire. It’s truly an elegant watch for world travelers.
Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition
Breitling is known for its outstanding attention to detail and stellar designs. And its standout watch this fall is no different. As its name suggests, the Bentley Centenary Limited Edition was inspired by the luxury car, which is celebrating its 100th year. This limited-edition collector’s watch will be a distinctive addition to your wardrobe.
The wooden dashboard of the iconic 1929 “Blower” Bentley—a supercharged race car driven by Sir Tim Birkin and the legendary Bentley Boys in the 1920s and an endearing time in the Bentley Motors history—fully inspired the design of this watch. You’ll see the inspiration in the brown burl elm dial and a Bentley engraved plate found on the left side of the 42mm case. The Premier Bentley Centenary features a brown quilted calfskin strap that emulates the pattern and stitching of the car’s luxury seats. And the movement is fully visible through a unique transparent caseback, which also features the Bentley logo and is engraved with the limited-edition number of just 200 watches in the 18k red gold design.
The watch is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, an in-house mechanical movement that is one of the most reliable mechanical movements in the industry. The dial features contrasting black subdials, and to measure speed, whether driving a racecar or not, it’s designed with a white tachymeter scale on a black inner bezel around the dial with the word red “tachymetre” inscribed in red.
The Bentley Centenary Limited Edition is an unprecedented way to get ready for fall.
Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince”
The iconic International Watch Company (IWC) has long been a name synonymous with excellence and craftsmanship for luxury watches for men. Yet it’s found a way to elevate even its own luxury. For the first time in its over 150-year history, it has developed a case from 18-carat hard gold. This sophisticated production process, which alters the alloy's microstructure, has resulted in a gold that is significantly harder and around 5 to 10 times more wear-resistant than conventional 5N gold.
Another first is the watch’s patented constant-force mechanism: a feature that improves accuracy by disconnecting the escapement from the direct flow of energy transmitted through the wheel train and, second by second, increases the tension in a balance spring. Energy is temporarily stored before dispensing it in absolutely even impulses to the escape wheel, guaranteeing a high level of precision.
The rest of the watch also features incredibly elegant details. Inspired by the classic children’s book, “The Little Prince,” which was written by French pilot and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, it’s meant to represent a spirit of adventure. The gold case and crown give a beautiful contrast to the watch’s luminescent blue dial, which includes the little prince standing on the moon. A 96-hour power reserve is stored in two barrels and the IWC-manufactured 94805 calibre features a perpetual moon phase display.
With its rich colors and imaginative design, the Big Pilot’s Constant-Force Tourbillon Le Petit Prince is a whimsical addition to your fall collection.