Are you aware of the fact that the price tag of some brands of watches can reach more than a million dollars? That’s right. And we are not talking about antique watches here. We are referring to brand new timepieces worth millions of dollars. If you are wondering what these brands are, take a look at this list of the top 10 most popular watches of 2013 so far.
10. Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon
Omega’s latest addition to its luxury timepiece collection is the Speedmaster Co-Axial Cronograph Dark Side of The Moon. It definitely is dark, being purely made of black ceramic. The carefully deigned ceramic case features the precise brushed and polished finishes of the high quality steel Speedmaster case. It is light and fits snugly. Modern design, top notch materials, and movement are just three of the things that one can expect from this black beauty.
9. Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar – Moon Phase, Blue Dial
The Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar – Moon Phase, Blue Dial is one of the Clifton watch series released by the brand at the SIHH. This version, which is the Clifton Complete Calendar, features a dial that is blue in color and is sun satin-finished. The rear case also has been opened so that owners can view for themselves the extremely fine mechanisms that make up the timepiece. The calendar display of the watch is mounted on the alligator strap and closed by triple folding clasps complete with security pieces.
8. Parmigiani Tonda Woodstock
In order for this Swiss watch manufacturing company to project musicality and colorfulness in terms of dynamism, it turned to marquetry for the first time ever. Marquetry is an ancient procedure comprised of cutting out veneers and assembling them atop a flat surface. In this case, wooden veneers are used in order to create the outstanding decoration for the Parmigiani Tonda Woodstock. Its dial is truly special, having been designed with cues from the Gibson guitar.
7. Piaget Emperador Coussin Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater
The Piaget Emperador Coussin Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater definitely sets a new standard to the world of thin timepieces. Revealed at the SIHH, the 48mm watch comes equipped with the Piaget 1290P, which the manufacturing company claims is the world’s thinnest self-winding mechanical minute repeater. The case of the timepiece is also perceived to the be the thinnest, with it only measuring 9.4 mm. Other magnificent details include blackened, polished screws; sunburst guilloche bridges; as well as hand-drawn and hand-beveled bridges.
6. Cartier Montre Rotonde Double Mystery Tourbillon
Cartier revealed its latest masterpiece, the Montre Rotonde Double Mystery Tourbillon, at the SIHH. The tourbillon, which rotates once every 60 seconds, has been made to appear like it is floating freely in space, with no apparent connection to any of the watch’s gear train. This illusion is further even completed by the same tourbillon after its second rotation. The dial is made of guilloche, galvanized, and silvered grill.
5. Richard Mille RM58-01 Tourbillon World Timer
While this watch brand has just been in business for a dozen years, there is no denying the fact that it has quickly grown with its superior technological innovations as well as partnerships with professional athletes ranging from auto racing to soccer to field. The Richard Mille RM58-01 Tourbillon World Timer is a manually winding timepiece that does not only feature hours and minutes, but also has a 10-day power reserve. The work of art is equipped with a caliber RM58-01 that is 34 mm in diameter and is supported by a grade 5 titanium baseplate, a material that is often found in bridges.
4. Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor
The deep gray Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor is made of silicon materials, mainly for its extreme hardness and low weight features. It is significantly lighter than titanium and steel, but it is about four times harder than both. The watch boasts of a technological advancement, wherein four sprung balances are paired and work together to ensure that they will compensate for the variations in rate caused by changes in its position when worn. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor works with a 16 Hz frequency, making it very precise and accurate.
3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication mechanism is comprised of three different advanced functions, forming what is known in the watch industry as the Grande Complication movement basis. The timepiece features a traditional self-winding movement combined with minute repeater, calendar functions, and a split-second chronograph. Aside from showing civil or legal time, a minute repeater system is also equipped into the watch. Lunar cycles are also included in the calendar functions. Last, but not the least, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication also offers users the possibility of reading off intermediate times.
2. A. Lange & Sohne Grand Complication
The German watch manufacturing company has decided to name its latest product as A. Lange & Sohne Grand Complication because it definitely makes use of a variety of complicated mechanisms. These include a chiming mechanism of both small and large strikes; a monopusher split-second chronograph; a calendar featuring the date, day, and week; moon phases; jumping seconds; minute counter; rattrapante function; and a minute repeater. The movement is aided by the Lange manufactured, manually wound Calibre L1902. The A. Lange & Sohne Grand Complication comes in a pink gold case and is available in a six-watch limited edition.
1. Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours
Much thanks to Montblanc’s very own Calibre MB R220, the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours has an impressive hour display. The system is a patented mechanism that consists of two different and separate rotating discs, which are positioned on top of each other. This outstanding mechanism provides the user with the individual 12 hours and also an indication of whether it is currently day or night. The numbers 1 to 12 are in Arabic and are found above the bi-color day or night disc. The disc for the 12 hour system rotates continuously, while the one for the day/night turns at variable speeds and in intervals to produce the user’s desired change in color. Blue indicates night while black is for day. The movement is controlled through a Maltese mechanism that comes in the shape of a cross, and is comprised of two separate cam-like wheels. There are also four other rotating disc displays.
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