ACCESSORIES

Slideshow: The Watches You’ll Covet This Year


For five days each January, luxury watch brands display their latest creations at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, now in its 22nd year. Claudia Mata, W’s Accessories and Jewelry Director, reveals her top picks from the premier event.

1

Cartier unveils its latest beauty, the Tank Anglaise. Originally introduced in 1917, the watch will be available this June in three gold color and size options, with or without diamonds. Cartier.com

2

Ralph Lauren showcases handsome sports watches in black ceramic with touches of color in a rubberized steel stripe ($7,400 each, available in June). Ralphlaurenwatches.com

3

Piaget’s Antiplano Skeleton watch boasts two new world records: the thinnest automatic skeleton movement and the thinnest automatic skeleton watch case (approximately $60,000, available this fall). 1 877 8PIAGET

4

A great two-tone bracelet watch is introduced by Baume & Mercier’s Linea collection. Baume-et-mercier.com

5

Each year, Vacheron Constantin crafts a new addition to their Metier d’Art Collection. This year’s limited edition series is inspired by the drawings of Dutch graphic artist and engraver Maurits Cornelis Escher. Vacheron-constantin.com

6

Montblanc launches a Princess Grace of Monaco Collection in honor of the style icon. Her love of flowers is captured in the timepieces, which all bear the symbol of the rose petal. Montblanc.com

7

The buzz around Jaeger LeCoultre centers on the unveiling of the Duometre à Spherotourbillon watch, which showcases a “Dual-Wing” mechanism, wherein two separate and independent mechanisms are housed within a single case. Jaeger-lecoultre.com

8

A. Lange & Sohne updates the ultra chic Saxonia Thin, which you can now purchase in 18-carat white gold ($25,100). lange-soehne.com

9

Never ones to disappoint, Roger Dubuis reveals a showstopper with its Velvet Fine Jewelry watch, set with 1,300 diamonds. Rogerdubuis.com

10

2012 is the year of the Pilot’s Watch for IWC, which introduces five new models in the Top Gun Collection. iwc.com

11

Sure to be one of this year’s most coveted watches, Panerai’s Tuttonero is made entirely of matte black ceramic (approximately $17,400). Panerai.com

12

An all white watch is an essential staple. This year’s standout is Girard-Perregaux’s Lady Moon Phases watch, with a mother of pearl dial. Girard-perregaux.com

13

Audemars Piguet celebrates the 40th year anniversary of the Royal Oak (18k pink gold version pictured, $60,100). Audemarspiguet.com

14

Van Cleef & Arpels romances us with its latest Poetic Complication Series, called the Poetic Wish, and featuring a story of two lovers separated in Paris. Vancleef-arpels.com