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Chrono Classic Zenith Heritage 146
Yet another 1960s throwback, the Heritage 146 (S$10,500) is a well-loved classic and now comes with the superlative high-speed El Primero chronograph movement, as opposed to the Calibre 146D with a slow balance frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour. Oozing a strong retro vibe, it is paired with a tropical-style blue or brown dial. For the uninitiated, tropical in reference to a watch dial points to the washed-out effect on the material due to age, but rather than a blemish, it is very desirable in some wristwatches. The discreet tachymetric scale around the dial adds a sporty touch, as does the perforated racing-style strap.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon
This is only the second moon phase complication in Jaquet Droz’s Grande Seconde collection, and it certainly makes a big impression (S$46,000). Here, the moon phase display was cleverly incorporated into the seconds sub-dial so that the iconic figure-eight dial design can be perfectly preserved. Accurate to 122 years and 46 days, it has a hyper-realistic gold moon and stars embedded on either a blued steel or black onyx disc. Dial options include ivory grand feu enamel, silvery opaline and black onyx.
Breguet Classique 7147
A thing of sheer beauty, the new Classique 7147 (S$30,900 in white gold, S$30,200 in rose gold) is quintessentially Breguet: the elegant round case with a fluted caseband, ramrod straight lugs, an open caseback exposing the movement, gorgeous blued steel Breguet hands … But its most alluring feature is – hands down – the pristine white grand feu enamel dial. Beautiful from far and even more stunning up close, it comes with black painted Arabic numerals in a traditional typeface and extra- fine minute markers that give it a vintage appeal.
TAG Heuer Autavia
A portmanteau of the words automobile and aviation, Autavia had its time in the sun in the 1960s and is now back to the front of Tag Heuer’s starting line-up. The reissued model (S$7,250 with a steel bracelet) is based on the Ref 2446 Mark 3 designed in 1966, which Formula 1 driver, Jochen Rindt was known to have worn. But Tag Heuer didn’t make this decision on its own, but rather, jointly with 50,000 watch connoisseurs from around the world via an online voting exercise. With its reverse Panda dial and instantly recognisable bezel, Autavia is undoubtedly one of the most collectible Tag Heuer watches today.