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The World Of Watches 2021: the latest picks

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Breitling South Sea Capsule Collection

Fun, chic and inspired by the vibrancy of the tropics, Breitling’s South Sea capsule collection presents a trio of Chronomat Automatic watches designed to be the vivacious younger sisters of the brand’s popular model. Available in three colours that evoke the beauty of summer, the ocean and lush greenery, the watches sport lacquered dials in beige, midnight blue and mint green, complemented by matching straps in alligator skin. Sapphires and rubies dress the bezels in a spectrum of warm hues.

Bvlgari Aluminium Steve Aoki Special Edition

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Bvlgari Aluminium Steve Aoki Special Edition.

In a collaborative effort with globally-renowned DJ Steve Aoki, Bvlgari launches a special edition watch that celebrates both music and craftsmanship. The Bvlgari Aluminium Steve Aoki Special Edition watch—with its 40mm aluminium case (with a diamond-like carbon), titanium case back and rubber bezel engraved with the Steve Aoki logo—is dedicated to lovers of life, optimism and movement. Case in point: Its 42-hour power reserve allows users to seize the day without worrying about the battery. Other features include a superluminova white dial and 100m water-resistance.

Chopard Happy Sport The First

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Lucent Steel A223 and diamond Happy Sport The First watch, S$24,000.

“I wanted a watch that I could wear all day long: At the gym, in the office or for a dinner in town,” said Artistic Director and Co-President of Chopard, Caroline Scheufele, when the Happy Sport watch first launched in 1993. Twenty-eight years later and the watch that introduced the steel-and-diamonds combo is back in the spotlight as the Happy Sport The First. Paying homage to the original watch, this new 33mm is available in the brand’s ethical Lucent Steel A223 (which is also more scratch-resistant than regular steel) and comes with an in-house automatic movement.

Richard Mille RM 07-01 Automatic Collection

Richard Mille has just introduced two stunning additions to its RM 07-01 Automatic collection. With the RM 07-01 Automatic Starry Night, women are offered a hardy timepiece with the brand’s first-ever Carbon TPT bracelet (it weighs in at just 29g), coupled with a distinctive diamond pattern on its bezel and dial. The Carbon TPT story continues with the second addition, which sees Richard Mille’s on-trend chunky open link bracelet hand-finished in both the composite material and red gold to head-turning effect.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Turns 90

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Pink gold Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano watch, $34,900.

This year sees Jaeger-LeCoultre’s beloved Reverso turn 90 and the celebrations are kicking off with the Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano in a special limited edition of 190 pieces. Equipped with the dual time zone complication of the Duoface, the watch comes with straps handcrafted by famed polo boots maker and long-standing collaborator Casa Fagliano. “What we want the public to understand about the Reverso is its association with style and elegance,” says Jaeger-LeCoultre’s CEO Catherine Renier. “It’s a watch that shows off both sides of our Maison—the understated sophistication of design together with the complexity of high watchmaking and metiers d’art.”

Cartier Vintage

Cartier is as beloved for its bijou creations as it is for timepieces that defy conventions—and its history is rich with audacious designs that prove this. With Cartier Vintage, horology-minded individuals are offered a chance to own a piece of that daring heritage with a collection of watches that span the 1970s to the 2010s—rigorously sourced and meticulously restored by the Maison. Exclusively available at the Cartier ION Orchard boutique, each watch comes with an eight-year warranty through Cartier Care, the House’s authenticity certification.

(Related: The original bronze watch is released in its most wearable form yet)

Richard Mille RM 037 White Ceramic Automatic Watch

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ATZ ceramic, white gold, mother-of-pearl and diamond RM 037 White Ceramic Automatic watch.

Presenting bold style and modern versatility in equal measure, Richard Mille’s new RM 037 White Ceramic Automatic watch sees the brand returning once again to ATZ (Alumina Toughened Zirconia) ceramic—a material that is about 30 percent more rigid and a lot less porous than conventional ceramic. What you’ll get is a hardy and hypoallergenic watch that will stay white for generations to come.

Vacheron Constantin Égérie Collection

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Pink gold and diamond Égérie Self-winding watch, $60,000.

At the start of last year, Vacheron Constantin introduced Égérie, a ladies-only collection that sought to offer women a self-winding watch that marries haute horlogerie with couture  details (note the pleat-like guilloché dial, for instance). Fast forward to today and the Manufacture is rounding up the five-reference collection with a full pink gold model that sports a bracelet that flows seamlessly into the watch’s diamond-lined 35mm case. What we especially like about this watch is the off-centre position of the crown, which puts it out of the way of a bent wrist.

Bvlgari Rainbow And Colour Wave Serpenti Watches

True to its symbolism of rebirth, transformation and healing, Bvlgari’s beloved Serpenti has undergone yet another vibrant metamorphosis that no colour-loving woman can resist. The new Rainbow and Colour Wave Serpenti watches are dressed in a prism of saturated hues, thanks to an ambitious array of coloured gems in a variety of cuts and sizes. There are three new Serpenti Viper and two new Serpenti Incantati models to look forward to. No matter which one you pick, you’re guaranteed a timepiece that lets the world know you are  one to live, and enjoy, life to the fullest.

This article was originally published in Harpers Bazaar.

(Related: Patek Philippe debuts white-gold versions of the Aquanaut Chronograph)

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