The Most Beautiful Watches Are Often the Simplest

A timeless line, an assertive character, a movement of extreme sophistication, and a touch of poetry and mystery. Luxury watches have everything to charm the modern man.
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Text: Bertrand Waldbillig

Photographer: Marco Gazza

Styling: Lilly Marthe Ebener


“Reflet Large”

A classic among classics, the "Reflection" celebrates its 70th year this spring. Recognizable by its stretched shapes, sculpted gadroons and invisible clasp, it marvelously symbolizes the creative strength of the 1950s. Perfect for the evening, this watch with its contemporary yet vintage elegance takes on light like no other. Rose gold case, dimensions: 24 mm × 42 mm. Automatic movement with hours and minutes. Interchangeable black alligator strap, invisible clasp system.

Jaeger Lecoultre

"Reverso Tribute Duoface"

The "Reverso" has never had so many iterations. Every year Jaeger Lecoultre presents radiant new versions. The latest, the "Duoface" in pink gold, has a cream dial side recto and anthracite gray decorated with the "Clous de Paris" motif on the back side. It offers a second time zone and a day/night indicator, a model dedicated to the traveling aesthete. Rose gold case, dimensions: 42.9 mm × 25.5 mm. Automatic movement with hours, minutes and small seconds on the front; second time zone and day/night indicator on the back side. Black alligator strap with pink gold folding clasp.



The "Monsieur" watch marks Chanel's entry into the world of high-end watchmaking, thanks to its well-crafted mechanical movement. The first of the brand entirely made in-house, it is a true technical demonstration with its jumping hours and retrograde minute. In a sober and refined style, the watch is emblematic of French chic with the window for the date symbolically taking the form of the Place Vendome. White gold case. Manual winding mechanical movement with jumping hour, retrograde minute and small seconds. Black alligator strap with white gold pin buckle.



The "Altiplano" celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. A masterpiece of refined sophistication, the watch seems more current than ever with new colorful editions. But this classic 38mm pink gold version on a black strap is one of the most eye-catching. The watch is not only beautiful, but one of the flattest in the world due to its 2.1 mm thick 430P movement. Rose gold case, diameter 38 mm, manual movement with hours and minutes, black alligator strap with rose gold buckle.


"Cape Cod TGM Manufacture"

Introduced in the early 90s, the "Cape Cod" watch quickly left an impression with its singular yet simple face: a sleek square within a rectangle. Its leather strap and single or double turn features is a must, and for the first time the watch is equipped with an automatic winding caliber manufacture. The discreet revolution reaffirms the expertise of the house on the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. Steel case. Dimensions 33 mm × 33 mm. Automatic movement with hours, minutes, seconds and date. Matte graphite alligator strap with stainless steel pin buckle.

Richard Mille

"RM-63 Dizzy Hands"

Everything about this watch was designed to amaze. A button located in the center of the crown triggers a mechanical ballet: the dial comes alive as if by magic, beginning a pas de deux with the hour hand adopting a different cadence. For the first time at Richard Mille, the round bezel is curved, perfectly matching any wrist. The watch is a top of the line union between art and technique. Case in red gold and titanium. Diameter 42.70 mm. Skeletonized automatic movement with hours, minutes and dizzy hands function. Steel bracelet and rose gold with steel folding clasp.


"Roma Finissimo"

In 1975, Bvlgari drew inspiration from the city's ancient roots to create the "Roma" watch, the first to have the brand name in full on the face of its case. 42 years later, the brand presents "Finissimo", a new version of the Roma equipped with an extra-flat manual movement developed in its Swiss manufacture. It is the best of the transalpine style combined with Swiss know-how. Rose gold case. Diameter 41 mm. Automatic movement with hours, minutes and small seconds. Black alligator strap with rose gold ardillon buckle.


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