RICHARD MILLE | RM 11-03
The McLaren design team and Richard Mille engineers have come together to produce the RM 11-03. The carbon case has been interwoven with orange quartz—the color synonymous with the racing brand—while the titanium pushers which activate the fly back chronograph feature have been designed to mimic the headlights of the McLaren 720S. Inside is one of RM’s finest movements, featuring a fly back second hand that can instantly be reset to zero providing a reset of the watch to time additional laps. The 500 limited edition pieces are individually numbered and are initially available to McLaren Ultimate Series clients.
Starting at $191,500
ZENITH | Defy El Primero 21
The engineers at Zenith have introduced a chronograph that can accurately time to 1/100th of a second. The watch movement contains two escapements: one for the time function and the other for the Chronograph function, which boasts a frequency of 360,000 A/H (50 Hz). The time escapement is a respectable 36,000 A/H (5 HZ). This powerful chronograph can rotate a large sweeping indicator hand one revolution around the entire watch face every second, with an inner bezel containing a scale of 100 marks. The entire watch is skeletonized revealing a 293-component, 53-jewel movement packed into a 44mm case. Equipped with a rubber band and a brushed titanium case, this watch can easily function at the track or in the boardroom.
Starting at $11,200
BREGUET | Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367
One of the most storied brands in watch history continues to define the meaning of understated elegance. Breguet recently introduced, at Baselworld 2018, a classic slimmed-down version of the tourbillon with an elegant Grand Feu enamel dial. The pure white dial sets the ideal backdrop for blued steel hands and the open work whirling of the tourbillon escapement. Simple Arabic numerals provide for an uncrowded dial that does not distract from the refinement of the display. The 42mm case is a mere 7.45mm thick and comes in rose gold or platinum. The case band has been fluted, providing a subtle enhancement to the framework of the offering. A blue alligator strap is available, providing a special accompaniment to the legendary blue hands of Breguet.
Starting at $147,500
HUBLOT | BIG BANG UNICO 42MM
At BaselWorld 2018, Hublot unveiled Big Bang Unico’s second coming. The success of Hublot’s original chronograph led to the creation of its successor, the 42mm. The HUB 1280 follows in the footsteps of the 45mm, maintaining the dual clutch mechanism and visible column wheel. However, the removal of the platform escapement and the new self-winding system permits a thinner shape. The new design allows for easier assembly and enhancement of the wearer’s view of the dial’s operations. The new model of the 42mm allows for various versions including Titanium, Ceramic, and King Gold finish.