Keeping track of time in our fast-moving, ever-changing world is no easy task, so why not treat yourself to a special timepiece and do it in style? From the latest releases to the coolest collabs, we round up the newest and hottest from the world of watches.
Dover Street Market x Bamford London
Watchmaker Bamford London and retailer Dover Street Market have launched a 100-piece Snoopy-inspired GMT. Opting for a monochrome palette, the design mirrors the Dover Street Market logo on the dial, caseback and packaging. The adorable Snoopy is front and centre in a classic pose on the white dial, framed by a black and white rotating bezel.
His arms moving around as the hour and minute hands, while his faithful friend, Woodstock, is playful pop of yellow as the 24-hour GMT hand. Powered by a Swiss-made Sellita SW330-2 movement and paired with a black cordura strap with white stitching, the watch—presented in a black version of Snoopy’s famous doghouse — is durable and made for everyday wear.
Hermès’s Arceau watch
Hermès’s Arceau watch has played canvas to many artistic crafts through the years, with micro mosaics, wood and leather marquetry, and enamelling (among many others) making an appearance on its dial. With this 41mm automatic edition, it’s miniature painting and gold-thread welding that take centre stage.
The Arceau Wild Singapore watch — which depicts a lion peering out of its lush tropical setting in tribute to the biodiversity of this country — reinterprets a spring/summer 2021 silk scarf designed by Alice Shirley and is limited to just 24 numbered pieces.
Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak by 1017 ALYX 9SM x Casablanca x MAD Paris
Watch customisation company MAD Paris has tapped designers Matthew Williams — co-founder of 1017 ALYX 9SM and creative director of Givenchy — and Charaf Tajer — 2020 LVMH prize finalist and founder of Casablanca— for a unique Audemars Piguet Royal Oak collaboration as part of their designer series. With a limited run of just five pieces of each design (20 in total), the collab sees the iconic timepiece reworked with a creative, fashion-forward twist.
Offering completely different versions, Williams’ iterations of the 38mm channels his industrial aesthetic with the brushed metal finish, no time-identifier, and his signature Cobra buckle-inspired clasp; while Tajer’s bright pastels and quirky dial designs on the 36mm, inspired by the Memphis Milano movement, reflect the playfulness of Casablanca.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura Timepiece
Jaeger-LeCoultre invites you on a journey across the starry night sky with its Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura timepiece.
Melding the rich blue of lapis lazuli with the gleaming purity of mother-of-pearl and sparkling diamonds (of which there are 190, totalling 3.53 carats), this timepiece retells the tale of celestial romance with a large moon-phase display at the 6 o’clock position.
Also gracing its star chart dial is the collection’s signature emblem, a discreet hand-polished star that can be adjusted to mark a special rendezvous by turning a second crown found on the caseband.
TAG Heuer Connected × Super Mario
TAG Heuer has partnered up with Nintendo and to commemorate the occasion, the Swiss watchmaker has released a limited-edition smartwatch that is sure to boost your street swag—if not re-energise your exercise regime.
As its name implies, the TAG Heuer Connected × Super Mario features Nintendo’s most beloved character as well as animations that are based on a gaming rewards system: Unlock rewards at each stage of your daily target for different Mushroom Kingdom animations to play. Though the watch, limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide, has already sold out, the TAG-Nintendo collaboration is for the long term, meaning there’s more to come.
BOVET 1822 Miss Audrey Sweet Art
BOVET 1822’s new Miss Audrey Sweet Art watches leave a sweet note on the visual palate with dials that look to a humble kitchen condiment for their unique sparkle: Sugar.
The sweet crystals are first produced for increased resilience against light and heat before they are chosen for size, combined with special paints and painstakingly hand-applied to the dials — it’s a patented process that results in a watch that’s truly the first of its kind.
Other plus points? Specially designed hands that form a heart shape every time they meet and the famed patented Amadéo case that allows your piece to transform from a wristwatch into a table clock or a pendant watch without any tools.
Richard Mille’s Limited-Edition RM 21-01 Tourbillon Aerodyne
A new model to the Richard Mille stable, the 50-piece limited-edition RM 21-01 Tourbillon Aerodyne features a new case design that brings together red gold and Carbon TPT, and a PVD-treated royal blue honeycomb baseplate made of Haynes 214 — a first for the brand.
It’s an alloy commonly used in combustion chambers for its ability to withstand temperatures of 995°C, and imparts exceptional rigidity and torsion resistance to the watch. This statement maker is equipped with a manual-winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, function selector, power reserve and torque indicators.
Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Watches
We’re in love with Van Cleef & Arpels’s newest timepiece additions to its Alhambra collection. Lending a sophisticated touch to the range with guilloché, diamonds and other ornamental stones such as carnelian, turquoise and lapis lazuli are four secret pendant watches — a first for the collection — along with two new Sweet Alhambra wristwatches.
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.
Chaumet Infiniment 12 – Rêverie Nocturne
Depicting a scene of Place Vendôme at night, the sophisticated multi-layered dial of Chaumet’s limited-series Infiniment 12 – Rêverie Nocturne timepiece is achieved through guilloché, grand feu enamelling and miniature hand-engraved elements dressed with diamonds.
For heightened romance, Chaumet has even adorned each watch with a tiny stone from its flagship boutique at 12 Vendôme, so its wearer can literally have a piece of Chaumet with her wherever she goes. Seventy-six diamonds on the bezel complete the pretty picture.
Founded in 1981 and characterised by simple geometric shapes presented through flat contrasting colours, Memphis design offered a vibrant alternative to the practical, neutrally hued designs of that age.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the aesthetic movement, Tissot is revisiting a timepiece it created in a 1988 collaboration with the movement’s founder, Ettore Sottsass, but with modern proportions this time. Available in 34mm (in steel or steel with gold PVD) and 41mm (in steel with gold PVD or black PVD steel), the watch doubles as a conversation starter, especially with like-minded design lovers.
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
“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.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso turns 90
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 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.
Richard Mille 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 per cent 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
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 first published in Harper's Bazaar Singapore.