I finally had a minute to skip through Vantiy Fair’s “On Time” Spring 2015 issue, and there are some incredible watches insides its pages. To be honest, I’m not a big watch person, but these all had me drooling. I’ve picked my favourite three watches like I pick a trifecta at the horse races….with no real knowledge of their capability, numbers or reputation. My immediate superficial attraction is all that counts. I either like it or I don’t. But after doing a bit more research into these three below, it looks like I’ve picked some real winners. It’s now time to jump into fantasy world and imagine one of these 4, 5, or 6 digit tick-tockers on your wrist…..
RL67 Safari Chronometer 45 MM: $3,800
Best For: Glamping in Africa
This more reasonably priced watch – compared to the Vuitton price tag above – is pure rugged sexiness. How anyone ever said that about a watch? Well it is. Don’t tell PETA but the strap is made of alligator, holding together the camouflage face and khaki dials. According to the Ralph Lauren website, this understated watch “celebrates the spirit of travel and adventure” and is “perfect for modern explorers.”
Louis Vuitton’s Escale Worldtime: $67,500
Best for: Fashionable Jet-setters
According to Forbes, this gorgeous jet-setter friendly watch is “set in a 41mm white gold case that’s a lithe 9.75mm deep, the Escale Worldtime also has a travel-friendly 38-hour power reserve. And an unforgettable face. The vibrant hand-painted dial, which requires 38 colors and takes more than 50 hours to produce, features the names of different cities around the world and was inspired by the monograms used on vintage Vuitton luggage.”
Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731: $365,000
Best for: Every Day Use (if you’re a billionaire)
The advert proclaims this watch is “A Symphony of Excellence” so I guess it’s no surprise it costs…no actually, it was a huge surprise how much it costs. Wow. Still, this watch is all about classic, understated elegance, one that deserves a standing ovation. If I had $365,00 in the bank, I would buy it right now. This Hallmark of Geneva certified 18K pink gold watch and gold alligator Mississippiensis (meaning “of the Mississippi [river]”) strap is one I imagine Amal Clooney, Prince William, or Ralph Fiennes wearing. Fun fact: according to their website, you can now download a “Sound of Time” app which “allows you to enter Vacheron Constantin’s world of acoustic high complications. From [their] early nineteenth century striking pocket watches to [their] latest technical prowess – the Patrimony Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731 – this interactive application will enhance your experience of Haute Horlogerie.” Why not.