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Rediscover lost time with this year’s finest luxury watches

As 2020 comes to a close, time has seemingly escaped many of us. Reclaim it in style with the most impressive timepieces to have debuted under the radar.

Luxury Watches 2020

There’s little certainty in a pandemic world besides time. While technology grants infinite connectivity, watches continue to be a reminder of what matters most: slowing down for real connections and conversations. From active duty to dawn to dusk, these are the latest luxury timepieces that will help you reclaim lost time.

The special occasion

Life’s special occasions call for an equally captivating timepiece. Get the conversation started with three of the finest at the pinnacle of today’s watchmaking world.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Days Jewelry Watch

Unwavering luxury meets Japanese craftsmanship in this stunning ladies’ timepiece from Grand Seiko. Its diamonds act as minute markers and blue sapphires designate each hour so that the time can be read at a glance. The dial, meanwhile, is adorned with a ‘diamond dust’ texture for a subtle glitter that mimics the ice crystals on a cold morning in the Shinshu region where the watch is meticulously created.

Price: A$275,000

Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Numbered Edition

Not many can come close to the enduring relationship between James Bond and Omega. To celebrate their 25th anniversary together and the 50th anniversary of the 007 franchise itself, Omega has created a Seamaster in solid platinum gold featuring a black enamel dial complete with a spiralling gun-barrel design in 18K white gold. It’s finished off with a classic black leather strap and a Numbered Edition engraving on the back.

Price: A$79,200

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 34mm

The Royal Oak model is renowned in the watch world for its chiselled octagonal bezel and now that iconic line is growing into the ladies’ realm with its first 34mm Selfwinding Royal Oak for slimmer wrists. A stainless-steel case features 40 diamonds set in the bezel and blue-grey ‘Grande Tapisserie’ dial for a subtle yet extravagant aesthetic.

Price: approx A$32,000

Rule the day

Conquer your day with timepieces that exude effortless vibrancy and style. Whether it’s work or leisure, these are the eye-catching watches that will accompany you on life’s greatest challenges.

Rolex Submariner Date

Rolex’s next generation Oyster Perpetual Submariner and its Date variant is one of the year’s most talked-about timepieces. A 1mm increase in case size underscores a conservative update to a winning formula. Look closer though and the iconic diving watch reveals a lighter aesthetic thanks to redesigned lugs and a remodelled bracelet accompanied by an eye-catching green Cerachrom bezel in this particular Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date model.

Price: A$13,450

IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide

Conquer your next sailing adventure with this striking 18-carat 5N gold timepiece capable of indicating when the next high tide is coming. A double moon phase display enhances functionality to show spring and neap tides alongside tide strength. Genuine yachting pedigree is showcased via a rich blue dial with applied luminescence and contrasting hands for high legibility at sea.

Price: A$51,500

Piaget Altiplano Rose Watch

Elegance and art combine to create one of Piaget’s most exquisite ultra-thin watches set in white gold and diamonds. The marquetry flower dial is crafted from wood and leather for a truly captivating effect on the wrist.

Price: A$110,000

Hublot Big Bang Millennial Pink

Hublot is looking to move forward with the times with its first dedicated gender-neutral watch inspired by diversity and inclusivity. The timepiece hue is intentionally ambiguous, sitting between powder pink, beige and salmon, and apricot and grapefruit.

Price: A$29,200

Breitling Endurance Pro

The athleisure movement finally makes its way into luxury watchmaking with the Breitling Endurance Pro. This stylish and robust timepiece brings precision Swiss timekeeping to today’s most active lifestyles. Its proprietary Breitlight case is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than stainless steel while still being resistant to scratches and corrosion. Personalisation is effortless with five bold colour options for both men and women.

Price: A$4,490

TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph

The very first TAG Heuer Carrera chronograph debuted back in 1963 after Jack Heuer discovered the legendary Carrera Panamericana Mexico Road Race. Fast-forward to today and the Swiss avant-garde watchmaker has debuted the latest Carrera Sport Chronograph model in four striking variations to celebrate its 160th anniversary milestone. The uncluttered display is designed for optimal legibility at top speeds – a clear sign that the spirit of racing lives on.

Price: A$8,300

Own the night

A night out demands an equally elegant timepiece to match the celebration. Traversing a fine line between pure class and innovation, these are the watches that will give your best evening wear the charm it deserves.

Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT

Yacht racing might be on hold for now but that hasn’t stopped Panerai from celebrating its ongoing partnership with legendary Italian sailing team Luna Rossa ahead of the 2021 America’s Cup. The limited-edition timepiece is sleekly crafted with a titanium case, carbon bezel and a dial made from composite material lifted straight from the Luna Rossa AC75’s hull and hydrofoils.

Price: about A$17,000

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Red Wine

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s latest ladies’ piece exudes charm and elegance on the wrist thanks to a rich burgundy red dial contrasted against Arabic numerals. The timeless statement of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Art Deco style is reinforced with two rows of brilliant-cut diamonds surrounding the lacquered guilloché dial in the signature rectangular case.

Price: A$8,600

Chanel J12 Paradoxe

Taking the monochrome aesthetic to stunning new heights is the latest J12 Paradoxe from renowned fashion house Chanel. The beautifully crafted timepiece features an intricate construction using two coloured ceramic case components combined into a single housing. Modern art meets cutting- edge technology in this unique fashion statement for the wrist.

Price: A$12,630

Pasha de Cartier Skeleton

Initially created as a cult watch in 1985 with a square featured inside a circular case, the Pasha de Cartier has evolved into one of the French luxury name’s most stunning unisex watches today. The steel skeleton variant shows off the intricate mechanical movement usually hidden beneath a conventional dial.

Price: A$39,700

Tudor Black Bay 36 S&G

Worn by award-winning artists such as Lady Gaga, the Tudor Black Bay 36 S&G showcases the finest in timekeeping simplicity and classicism. It features an elegant steel and yellow gold bracelet that flows into a yellow gold bezel and black dial with Tudor’s signature snowflake hands.

Price: A$5,580

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic

The race for ultra-thin watchmaking continues and Bulgari has once again reclaimed the crown with the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton Automatic, the flattest tourbillon chronograph wristwatch ever made at 3.5 millimetres thick alongside a lightweight titanium casing.

Price: about A$195,000

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