Five of our favourites
SINGAPORE (Aug 27): We give you the skinny on the five ultra-thin watches that made our list.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
Although Audemars Piguet’s iconic Royal Oak collection is known for ushering in the category of sports luxe watches, this particular Royal Oak leans towards the dressy end of the spectrum with a perpetual calendar complication and a height of 6.3mm (3.2mm thinner than a regular Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar). At the same time, it has done away with the line’s signature Grande Tapisserie motif—a sensible move, considering the many sub-dials required for the perpetual calendar display (main image).
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT
A record-breaker, this Bulgari masterpiece is the thinnest mechanical chronograph ever made. And, because it’s not enough to just set a fifth world record, Bulgari also threw in a GMT complication with the local time set via a pusher at nine o’clock. A perfect travel companion, the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT will pair with pretty much any of your work or vacation wear. And since the whole watch is a mere 3.3mm thin, even if your luggage is overweight, you can be assured your watch won’t be.
Jaeger Le-Coultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel
This year, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled three new models in its Master Ultra Thin line and we’re absolutely lusting after this version. Limited to just 100 pieces, the Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel is both elegant and contemporary with its beautiful hand-guilloché blue enamel dial serving as backdrop to a redesigned moonphase setting. Armed with a 70-hour power reserve, thanks to the Calibre 925, this captivating ticker measures 10.04mm in height. It’s not the thinnest among the ultra-thin models we’re featuring here but it certainly is one of the most stunning.
Piaget Altiplano 40mm
No ultra-thin list would be complete without a hat doff to Piaget, the brand that kickstarted the whole ultra-thin movement in 1957 with the Calibre 9P at a height of just 2mm. Since then, the Piaget Altiplano range has been the flagbearer of the Manufacture’s ultra-thin endeavours. This pink gold version couples refinement with watchmaking know-how, powered by the ultra-thin self-winding Calibre 1203P. At just 3mm thin, it’ll feel like you’re not even wearing anything on your wrist.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
While the Overseas collection was designed with the jetsetter in mind, this ultra-thin perpetual calendar looks good whether you’re at home or abroad. Available in two versions—pink gold with blue or silver dial—the watch is infused with the Manufacture’s DNA, right down to the Maltese Cross insignia represented in the six-sided bezel. We love this version with the silver dial and pink gold bracelet for its understated elegance and versatility that will take you easily from day to night.
This story first appeared in www.crownwatchblog.com