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Five exciting watches from the Watches & Wonders 2024

As the love for horology continues to skyrocket, the watchmaking industry finds itself in the midst of an unprecedented boom. According to a recent report by The Times of India, luxury watches are up in demand by 20-25 per cent this year. And what better way to indulge the cravings of horology enthusiasts than with the highly anticipated return of Watches and Wonders, kicking off from tomorrow, that is on April 9. This prestigious event has evolved into a blend of trade and consumer experiences. As usual, the trade-only portion will be starting from April 9 to 12, then the fair will be opening its doors to the public from April 13 to 15. Prepare for an exhilarating journey akin to time-travel, where each tick and tock propels you towards the zenith of watchmaking mastery. From cutting-edge innovations to timeless masterpieces, and jaw-dropping designs, this year’s edition promises to be worth the anticipation. Here’s a sneak-peak into the watches to expect at Watches and Wonders 2024.

Czapek & Cie Antarctique ‘Mount Erebus’

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Inspired by the majestic beauty of Antarctica’s Mount Erebus, this exceptional watch is a testament to the brand’s dedication to innovation and craftsmanship. With its sleek design and intricate details, the Antarctique ‘Mount Erebus’ embodies the spirit of adventure and exploration. Whether you’re scaling the peaks of a mountain or navigating the urban jungle, this timepiece is the perfect companion for those who seek both style and substance. The 40.5mm casing comes in either 18K 5N rose gold or 18k 2N yellow gold. It encases a PVD-treated “midnight blue” dial with a lamé texture, meticulously crafted by Swiss dial artisan, Metalem, a trusted collaborator of Czapek. Using a unique comb technique, the dial achieves a textured satin finish. Luminescent sword hands complete the dial’s intricate design.

Angelus Instrument de Vitesse 60 Seconds Flat

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The Angelus Instrument de Vitesse 60 Seconds Flat is a masterpiece that merges precision engineering with sleek aesthetics, epitomizing the brand’s commitment to innovation and performance. With its striking design and advanced features, this timepiece captivates horology enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. At the heart of the Instrument de Vitesse 60 Seconds Flat beats the Angelus A-150 manual-winding mechanical movement, renowned for its accuracy and reliability. The movement boasts a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vph) and offers a generous power reserve of approximately 55 hours, ensuring optimal performance over time. Crafted from grade 5 titanium with a black DLC coating, the case of the timepiece exudes a contemporary allure while ensuring durability and lightweight comfort on the wrist. The case measures 42 mm in diameter and 10.3 mm in thickness, striking the perfect balance between presence and wearability. Featuring a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, the watch offers exceptional clarity and protection against scratches and glare. With a water resistance of 30 meters (3 ATM), it is suitable for daily wear and occasional splashes.

Arnold & Son Longitude Titanium

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Like all timepieces from Arnold & Son, the Longitude Titanium draws inspiration from John Arnold’s legendary marine chronometers. This modern sports watch seamlessly blends nautical heritage with refined aesthetics and resilient materials. Sporting a sleek 42.5mm titanium case, it exudes sophistication, complemented by a vertical satin-finished dial mirroring the bracelet’s texture. Crafted for comfort, the lightweight titanium construction ensures ease of wear, being 45 percent lighter than steel. The design takes cues from contemporary sailing vessels, with the case mirroring ship profiles, and the fluted bezel reminiscent of Arnold’s chronometers. With a screw-down crown and 100m water resistance, it’s as robust as it is elegant.

Artya Purity Stairway to Heaven

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Ahead of marking its 15th-year milestone with a grand debut at Watches & Wonders, Artya will unveil a stunning skeletonized timepiece boasting a sleek two-hand design encased within a 40mm frame. Crafted from stainless steel or available in white, black, green, or blue ceramic, this watch exudes minimalist sophistication. Powered by a Swiss-made movement exclusive to Artya, this timepiece boasts a remarkable 72-hour power reserve. The intricate mechanics are showcased through the skeletonized dial, revealing two barrels operating in tandem for optimal energy distribution. A suspended escapement and meticulously hand-beveled arched bridges further enhance its allure. Completing the ensemble is your choice of a rubber, integrated, or calfskin bracelet, adding a touch of versatility to this exceptional timepiece.

Patek Philippe

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Patek Philippe is poised to make waves in the watch industry this year with the introduction of a new sports timepiece. While renowned for its iconic Nautilus and Aquanaut models, the brand is set to unveil a third sports watch that promises to revolutionize the market, pending its reception. Thierry Stern, known for his bold decisions as head of Patek Philippe, has been shaking up the traditionally conservative brand in recent years. The discontinuation of the beloved 5711 model has sparked speculation, with many anticipating the debut of a new timepiece that will leave a lasting imprint on Patek Philippe’s esteemed legacy.

Anushka Manik

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