My absolute favorite watches are pretty-looking sport models. There is a significant volume of these watches around, but really attractive ones are hard to find. Probably the biggest challenge in making a beautiful-looking sports blancpain bathyscaphe chronograph watch is to first make sure it is a great utility watch, and only then ensuring it is visually attractive. Doing both is no simple task, but success can yield the reward of a watch being a true classic.
This year was rumored to be the year that Jaeger LeCoultre brought a new sports watch to market – one that would join the growing ranks of the modern “luxury sport” category, and (we hoped) would bring a fresh rival to the likes of Piaget, Girard Perregaux, Audemars Piguet, and even Patek Philippe competing in that space. And they have – sorta.
Last March I was very intrigued by the marketing images of this new Roger Dubuis Easy Diver SED Tourbillon watch with its intense level of skeletonization, in carbon fiber, that looked like tree branches. If you look closely, you can tell that the movement is barley even there. The biggest parts are the one minute flying tourbillon and the mainspring. Surprisingly, the manually wound Roger Dubuis caliber RD 02 SQ3 movement has a 60 hour power reserve (movement bears the Seal of Geneva).
Did you really like (and want) the special piece unique watch that Girard-Perregaux had auctioned at the 2011 Only Watch Auction? If so (and you weren't that one person to get it), then you sort of have another chance. Aside from the smoked sapphire crystal dial, this limited edition of just five pieces Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Cabinet de Curiosités watch has the same cool style with the white ceramic and titanium case. This is essentially the white version of the ww.tc Shadow watch that is part of their regular production right now.
Founded by the former Creative Director of Patek Philippe, Laurent Ferrier needs no introduction among serious watch collectors. The brand has developed a reputation for classically styled timepieces which conceal an extremely high degree of hand-finishing and technically advanced movements. Perhaps most emblematic of this design ethos is the Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Spiral (reviewed here), which appears to be a simple gold dress watch until you turn it around to view the stunning movement within.