Timeless Timepieces

If you’re looking to invest in a special wristwatch, the top watch brands have released some unique timepieces. These are the ones on our wish list…

Watches and Wonders, the largest watchmaking summit in the world, took place earlier this year in Geneva. The glittering showcase of watch trends and new timepieces by 38 leading watch brands was attended by nearly 22,000 people. If watch collecting is your passion or you’re looking for a special piece to last you a lifetime, here are some brands that caught our attention.


The Tudor Ranger | Watch trends

TUDOR RANGER 

From R46,350 

On 8 July 1952, the British North Greenland Expedition set off on a two-year scientific mission to study ice sheets in Greenland. They were also gathering data on how the brand-new Oyster Prince model, Tudor’s first watch that was both automatic and waterproof, performed under extreme conditions. The lowest temperature recorded on the expedition was a chilly -66°F!  

Now, 70 years later, Tudor has launched the Ranger line to celebrate the adventurous spirit of these pioneers of arctic exploration. With a nod to the aesthetics of the past, the Ranger has added modern design touches and new state-of-the-art technical elements.

  • A satin-brushed steel case (39mm)  
  • Manufacture Calibre MT5402 to ensure robustness, longevity, reliability and precision 
  • A 70-hour “weekend-proof” power reserve so you can take the watch off on a Friday evening and strap it on again on Monday morning without having to wind it.
  • Three bracelet options: olive-green Jacquard fabric with red and beige stripes, a super cool, hybrid rubber and leather, or 316L steel with the Tudor T-fit clasp for easy size adjustment 

BREITLING SUPEROCEAN | Watch trends

BREITLING SUPEROCEAN 

From R80,800 

In the 1960s, when ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau was making headlines and scuba diving was emerging as the cool sport, Breitling saw an opportunity to create a watch that befitted the importance of timing in diving (measured almost exclusively in minutes) but with a dash of style. And so, the SuperOcean Slow Motion — a functional sea watch for divers under water — was born. The term “Slow Motion” was used because it took an hour to make a full rotation of the dial).  

The new Breitling SuperOcean has reintroduced the second hand, while the Slow Motion’s distinctive square minute hand has made a comeback. 

  • Automatic Breitling Caliber 17 with a 38-hour power reserve 
  • Available in four sizes: 46, 44, 42 and 36mm 
  • Two strap options: a sporty black, blue, or green rubber strap, and a three-row metal bracelet with a folding clasp that allows for micro-adjustments of up to 15mm for easy wear over wetsuits and rash vests. 
  • Water resistant to 300m 
  • Exceptional readability under water 
  • Shock-, sand-, and saltwater-resistant 

HERMÈS ARCEAU LES FOLIES DU CIEL   | Watch Trends

HERMÈS ARCEAU LES FOLIES DU CIEL   

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The whimsical Hermès Arceau Les folies du ciel is a tribute the early pioneers who wanted to conquer the sky and is an exceptional example of Hermès creativity. The Arceau Les folies du ciel is based on the Arceau created in 1978 by Henri d’Origny, and combines painting, engraving and animation inspired by Loïc Dubigeon’s Les folies du ciel (silk scarf motif) designed in 1984 to honour aerostatics.  

The aviation journey is recreated in a 38mm white-gold case, powered by a Manufacture Hermès movement. On the mother of pearl dial, wisps of smoke from chimneys can be seen behind neoralite pink and green hot-air balloons. The balloons are attached to a bird-shaped gondola, the original symbol of travel and migration. The animated balloon, hand-painted by Hermès artisans, which sits at 12 o’clock, spins on its axis in step with wrist movements. It’s pure beauty — and a limited edition.

  • Manufacture Hermès H1837 movement 
  • Mechanical self-winding 
  • 38mm diameter, white gold with anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back 
  • Power reserve: 50 hours 
  • Chantilly alligator strap 

TAG HEUER AQUARACER PROFESSIONAL 300 ORANGE DIVER | Watch Trends

TAG HEUER AQUARACER PROFESSIONAL 300 ORANGE DIVER 

From R59,600 

Inspired by the popular Orange Diver Ref.844, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Orange Diver has the same vibrant orange dial as the original, orange being a symbol of safety and security at sea due to its striking contrast to the blue of the ocean.  

It’s powered by the Calibre 5 automatic, which has been used for many years in Aquaracer models. We love the vibrancy of the orange dial, the glowing blue of the minute and second hands, and the green glow of the hour hand and indices. Its functional but luxurious. 

  • 43mm 
  • Water resistant to 300m 
  • Steel fine-brushed/polished case 
  • 38-hour power reserve 

 

DIALS THAT SET THE TONE

Considered the gold standard in timekeeping, Rolex craftsmanship and precision design takes rare materials into a whole new world of watch dial design.