Every year brings its surprise timepieces, stunning in their technical expertise, superb gem-setting or peerless originality. 2016 isn't disappointing the collectors.
Calibre 9462 MC
Inside its 43.5mm 950-palladium case, this watch, a numbered limited edition of 100, displays an ethereally architectured movement that uses four sapphire discs in its components.
The iconic Daytona, known to collectors as the “Paul Newman”, has gained two new versions in 904L steel with a monobloc Cerachrom bezel in black ceramic, both incorporating all the latest house innovations and including Superlative Chronometer certification guaranteeing exceptional performance.
3) Patek Philippe
This was a star among the watches commemorating the brand's 175th anniversary, and now it has entered the collection under the reference 6300. Aside from a reversible white-gold case decorated with a Clous de Paris pattern, this masterpiece delivers more than 20 complications including five chimes.
4) Chanel Monsieur
Histoire de Tourbillon 6
Cinq ans de recherche et développement ont été nécessaires pour créer le premier mouvement de haute horlogerie entièrement in-house, le Calibre 1, logé dans un boîtier en or beige. Ce garde-temps, à heure sautante instantanée et minute rétrograde, allie élégance et fantaisie.
5) Harry Winston
Histoire de Tourbillon 7
For the seventh chapter in its “Tourbillon History”, the New York watchmaker overcame new technical challenges in equipping its limited edition – 10 each in red and anthracite – with two biaxial tourbillons.
L-evolution Tourbillon Carrousel
In a limited edition of 50, this watch combines a flying tourbillon with a flying carrousel, in a 47.4mm platinum case finished off with an innovative sporty bezel. The multi-level dial lets us admire the complexity of the openwork movement, a 2322V2 calibre.
7) Franck Muller
A shock-resistant model with rather special aesthetic attributes, this is for golfers who love watches too. Its central stroke counter plus score and reset pushpieces take the sporting experience a step further.
MasterGraff Perpetual Calendar
This watch powered by Graff's Calibre 7 teams horological innovation with forceful design. The dial is cut away so the perpetual calendar function stands out beautifully, with day, date and month aligned along horizontal axes.
The crowning glory of Rolex gemset watches, the Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39 sparkles with diamonds selected on the strictest criteria, 36 on the bezel and 713 on the dial. Precious but technically sophisticated too, it is driven by the 3235 calibre with Superlative Chronometer certification.
This year Chopard celebrated 40 years of Happy Diamonds but has also added an exceptional piece to its Impériale collection: a watch featuring a rainbow of sapphires and powered by Chopard's 01.03-C calibre.
11) Van Cleef & Arpels
Apart from its Poetic Complication watches, the jeweller has unveiled this secret bracelet watch that originated in an exceptional batch of 115 Mozambican rubies. Set off by diamonds, these beautiful stones cover a white-gold structure pierced with an Art Deco pattern.
Hortensia Voie Lactée
This secret jewellery watch is in gemset white gold. Two large flowers pavé-set with 262 diamonds, four navette-cut sapphires and one brilliant-cut sapphire plus a big flower in white chalcedony ornamented with a sapphire create a sophisticated bouquet.
Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon
To mark its icon's 85th birthday, the watchmaker has produced a masterpiece teaming horological expertise with its Métiers Rares® crafts. Stunning in its finesse and equipped with a brand new Gyrotourbillon, this limited edition of 75 platinum watches features an entirely skeletonised back.
Golden Bridge Ronde
For over 35 years the Golden Bridge has fascinated us through the architectural structure of its baguette movement. Today this knowhow inspired by San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is displayed in a 43mm red-gold or gemset case.