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1. The Black Bay Chrono, a new addition to Tudor’s famed Heritage Black Bay collection, has just been crowned the best 2017 watch priced under CHF8,000 (S$10,933) by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve, the luxury industry’s equivalent of the Oscars. A hybrid of Tudor’s racing and aquatic heritage, the Chrono is the first chronograph in the Heritage Black Bay series and is powered by a movement which is the product of a Tudor-Breitling collaboration. The timepiece sells for S$6,912 with bracelet and S$6,480 in leather strap.


2. This is Tudor’s poster boy for its Heritage Black Bay collection this year. The Heritage Black Bay Steel and Gold (S&G) is already on the wrist of the brand’s new ambassador David Beckham, as seen in its promotion materials. The S&G has a solid 18-carat yellow-gold rotating bezel, winding crown and end-links; the centre links and crown of the 1950s-style bracelet are gold-capped. The steel and gold combination is a first for a Heritage Black Bay watch. The watch retails for S$6,840 in bracelet and S$5,185 in leather strap.


3. Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin Openworked is a work of high complication and artistry. This new pink-gold version, along with a stainless-steel model, is the last of the line. The watch was first rolled out in 2011 in platinum to mark the Royal Oak’s 40th anniversary. Last year, it appeared in yellow gold. The latest pink-gold version, limited to 50 pieces, is priced at US$220,000 (S$299,200).


4. The Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat, together with a moonphase complication, joins Cartier’s vintage, automative-inspired men’s watch collection this year. Marked by a case that’s a cross between the shape of a pillow and a tonneau, the new extra-flat model is driven by a hand-winding movement that is less than 7mm thick – 40 per cent thinner than the original model. With its understated design, slim profile and refined proportions, the watch – S$21,500 in pink gold, S$23,000 in white gold – is the perfect choice for a men’s evening out. The white-gold model is available in a limited edition of 200 pieces.


5. Reference 5320G, inspired by two Patek Philippe models from the 1950s, look very much like the brand’s vintage timepieces which regularly set record prices at auctions. Yet, while seemingly pricey at S$109,000, Ref 5320G is one of the least expensive Patek Philippe perpetual calendar watches in recent memory. Though vintage in overall appearance, the new timepiece has a modern-sized 40mm white-gold case. Updated features also include, on the dial, a small day/night aperture and an aperture for the leap-year cycle.


6. An updated version of a 1948 model, Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques Triple Calendar 1948 comes in a bigger 40mm pink-gold case, housing a recently developed manual-winding movement. The timepiece, a limited edition of 200 pieces at S$51,300 each, offers a day-and-month indication via apertures beneath the logo at 12 o’clock. It also boasts an astronomical moonphase indication.


7. The “big date” on the watch makes it unmistakably a Glashutte Original. The Panorama date on the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar’s dial requires only a glance to read, but beneath its surface lies a complex mechanism which deals with a number of challenges. They include ensuring that on the 31st of the month, the numeral 1 on the date wheel remains still. It also has to display and account for leap years. The retail price of the watch is S$34,600 in stainless steel and S$57,600 in red gold.


8. Bulgari’s epitome of modernity, the Octo Ultranero is attired in all-black or almost so. The watch features red accents on its hands and hour-markers to create a striking contrast. The case is DLC treated. Price: S$10,050.


9. After years of making watches for astronauts on missions to the moon, Omega has finally produced a timepiece for travellers on earth. The Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer, which tells the time in the world’s major cities, is Omega’s first world-timer watch. It comes in a 43mm platinum case, the most precious metal used in watchmaking, and is a certified Master Chronometer, which is the industry’s highest standard of precision, performance and magnetic resistance. Limited to 87 pieces, the Omega worldtimer carries a price tag of US$48,600.


10. The Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Merite, the flagship complication watch which A. Lange & Sohne unveiled this year, costs a hefty 480,000 euros (S$771,003) but is still deemed superior in value compared to the first Tourbograph launched in 2005. While the latest version has an added perpetual calendar, it has the same price tag as the original, introduced 12 years ago.


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