These watches have always appealed to me and I wonder when they would end up on my wrist, if ever. Though Christmas is still 3 months away and Halloween is not even over yet, but I guess it’s never too early to start wishing. Santa, are you listening?
Cartier Tank Francaise Watch
When I first set eyes on the Cartier Tank Francaise Watch, I fell in love with it immediately. Its clean-cut lines, cool steel bracelet and square face reflect minimalist chic at its best. This 1917 creation has an androgynous look and exudes quiet strength without being overtly masculine. Inspired by American forces’ Renault tanks in World War I, the watch is modelled after these war machines; with its lines and proportions mirroring them. Its brushed and polished steel strap attaches seamlessly to a thin curved steel case including an ingenious hidden deployment clasp. This is one versatile watch that could bring you from the boardroom to a dinner party.
Hublot Classic appeals to my love of all things unique. With its matte and polished steel case and rubber strap, Hublot is simplicity crystallized. Its signature rubber strap specially designed to be corrosion, abrasion and sweat resistant as well as flexible and water-proof sealed its one of a kind stature. The twelve steel screws around the bezel serve as hour makers and give it attitude. This porthole theme watch has an irresistible rugged appeal with an understated urbaneness. Hublot is your everyday watch with lots of character.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso caught my eye with its iconic reversible watch. Encased in classical Art Deco design with its linear symmetry, Reverso embodies Jaeger-LeCoultre’s spirit of invention, superb craftsmanship, meticulous precision and heritage. Specially commissioned for the British officers stationed inIndiain 1931, this horological masterpiece is designed to withstand the hard knocks of a polo game. Its swivel system allows the watch to turn 180 degrees within the case, protecting the watch during a game. Oozing the glamour of 1930’s, this timeless watch fuses technical mastery, functionality and aesthetics effortlessly.
Rado’s distillation of purity of lines captured my heart. Its sleek, slinky bracelet slips on like a second skin. This futuristic look is befitting of its philosophy of synthesising innovative design with cutting-edge, pioneering technology. The use of scratch-resistant materials is one of the hallmarks of a Rado watch. Hard metal, high-tech ceramic that is skin-friendly and a high-tech diamond born by transforming carbon into a Nano crystalline diamond with a Vickers hardness number of 10,000 are just some of Rado’s long line of magical creations. Rado draws the individualistic in me and fascinates the dreamer within. It is a testimony of turning imagination into reality.
Sensuous, graceful with streamlined silhouette, without being fussy; Bertolucci VIR is my ideal dress watch. In fact, this is as dressy as it gets for me. Its round shaped links on the bracelet echo the founder, Remo Bertolucci’s enthralment with pebbles on the Mediterranean shores of his childhood. The polished finish resembling the smoothness of pebbles having been caressed by the infinite waves of the sea. The softness of the curves lends it a feminine touch, while its Italian sharpness ensures it is elegant with an edge. Epitomizing the love story of the founder, Bertolucci VIR is a union of Italian’s innate sense of style and flair for design with Swiss’s precision, craftsmanship and reliability.