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The best luxury watches from Watches and Wonders

Ruhi Gilder
Putting luxury watchmaking in the spotlight over physical and digital eventspanning 10 days, international trade show Watches and Wonders 2021 begins on April 7, 2021With almost 500 press conferences, expert-led panels and keynote speakers, the show will for the first time take place in two locations, digitally in Geneva and in-person in Shanghai. About 40 participating brands include Louis Vuitton, Chopard, Tag Heuer, Cartier, Panerai, Rolex, IWC Schaffhausen Watches, and others.
Bringing to you the best of the new releases from Watches and Wonders 2021. 
Bulgari  
Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar | Photo Courtesy: Bulgari / Instagram
Bulgari sets yet another world record for thinness, with the new Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar, the thinnest timepiece of its kind. Setting you up for the next 180 years, Bulgari has added all the technology needed to keep the perfect time until February 2100. With a staggering 408 components encompassed in a 5.80mm case, it really is a timepiece for the elite. 
Price: $59,000 onwards
Louis Moinet 
Petra | Photo Courtesy: Louis Moinet
Taj Mahal | Photo Courtesy: Louis Moinet
The Blue Mosque | Photo Courtesy: Louis Moinet / Instagram
This is the independent watchmaker’s first time participating in Watches and Wonders, and the result is no less than a true work of art. The collection of eight watches represents the Marvels of the World, including Petra in Jordan, Taj Mahal, Colosseum in Rome, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Petra in Jordan, the Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt, the Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and Macchu Picchu in Peru. Sold in a set, the collectible watches are packaged in a Louis Moinet travel trunk.  
Price: $2.5 million
Rolex 
Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 | Photo Courtesy: Rolex
Lady-DateJust | Photo Courtesy: Rolex
Rolex’s newly launched timepieces include the Explorer and Explorer II, developed in collaboration with legendary mountaineers. The epitome of luxury in watches goes green with Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36’s new watch face featuring a subtle palm motif. Further proof that diamonds always reign supreme is the new version of the Lady-Datejust, embellished with 1,089 diamonds on the middle case, bezel, dial and President bracelet.  
Price (Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36): $7,050
Tag Heuer  

 

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Tag Heuer’s new Aquaracer Professional 300 is easily definable by its 12-facet bezel. Designed for divers, the time changes in one direction to avoid accidental movement in the wrong directionIn addition to the 7 models of the Aquaracer, the brand has released a special edition Aquaracer, which pays homage to the iconic Ref. 844, TAG Heuer’s first dive watch released in 1978. This limited collection watch has 844 pieces of a kind available.
Price: To be released
A. Lange & Söhne
Little Lange 1 Moon Phase
Photo Courtesy: A. Lange & Söhne / Instagram
Little Lange 1 Moon Phase
Photo Courtesy: A. Lange & Söhne / Instagram
In a starry release, A. Lange & Söhne’s new models are Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar, Little Lange 1 Moon Phase in white gold and Triple Split in pink goldResembling a deep blue shimmering night, the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase is Lange artistry at its best. Through the sapphire-crystal case back and cornflower-blue steel screws, the German house proves that perfection lies in the details. The new Triple Split is an athlete’s dream come true. It can tell the time of two opponents in a race for up to 12 hours and can stop any number of lap times to an accuracy of one-sixth of a second 
Price: $64,165 (with diamonds)
Chopard  
L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono | Photo Courtesy: Chopard
Imperiale collection | Photo Courtesy: Chopard
The luxury watchmaker releases a host of new timepieces for men and women alike at Watches and Wonders 2021. L’Heure Du Diamant, a diamond dappled design is surrounded by 4.44-carat halo and a silky bark-textured bracelet. The Imperiale collection for women boasts a deep red band, and a mint green variant with textured mother-of-pearl dial of the same colour. The L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono, a contemporary timepiece is from the collection is the Swiss watchmaker’s first perpetual calendar chrono movement.  
Price (The Imperiale): $47,125
Price (L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono): $80,955
Hermès 
Hermès H08 | Photo Courtesy: Hermes
The Hermès H08 watch, a round, square and rectangle blend, is a decidedly modern piece by the French fashion house.  It is inspired by the artistic scenography installed in the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, the historic Geneva power plantThe second release, Slim D’ Hermès C’est La Fête, the brand’s limited-edition watches of 6 pieces only, paints a whimsical picture on a paillonné dial.  
Price: $6,050 onwards
Patek Philippe
Nautilus Haute Joaillerie | Photo Courtesy: Patek Philippe
Nautilus | Photo Courtesy: Patek Philippe
No one does elegance like Patek Philippe, especially with the release of four new Nautilus models. Debuting a new dial-in sunburst olive green, this cult model has been given a classy colour upgrade. One women’s variant features baguette diamonds, while the other, Haute Joaillerie, brings the bling in a diamond-studded rose gold bezel and bracelet.  
Price: $34,893 onwards
Panerai  
eLAB-ID | Photo Courtesy: Panerai
With the unbeatable combination of Swiss craftsmanship and Italian design, Panerai introduces a new Luminor watch. The luxury watchmaker prioritises an environmentally-friendly future with the new releases. Both the case and dial of Luminor Marina eSteel is made with a new recycled steel alloy. In the new eLAB-ID™ watch, a whopping 98.6% of its weight comes from materials that are made using several recycled elements. Even its case, sandwich dial and bridges consist of EcoTitanium™, a recycled lightweight titanium alloy made of more than 80% pure recycled content. 
Price (eLAB-ID): $61,700
IWC Schaffhausen

 

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Aviator watch fans prepare for IWC’s latest version of the evergreen ‘The Big Pilot’, made with an ergonomic 43mm stainless steel case and a calibre 82100 automatic movement. The Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL, IWC’s big release that has been eight years in the making, features a highly advanced anti-shock system. Their patented SPRIN-g system, developed by the brand’s IWC Experimental wing, and is made of Ceratanium®, a material created to withstand extreme conditions.
Price: $9,620 onwards
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