Watches for collectors
Collectors know that a beautiful watch is a treasure to have and preserve. So here are three favorite watches from the Luxe Magazine editorial team.
The Chronoking Aviator Sea Diver
The Chronoking Aviator Sea Diver - © Nivada Grenchen
Nivada Grenchen, the famous Swiss watchmaking company, presents its new creation, the Chronoking Aviator Sea Diver. With its hybrid Meca-quartz movement, this watch combines the precision of quartz with the beauty of traditional watchmaking. Limited to only 100 pieces, this multifunctional watch is an essential tool for vintage watch enthusiasts.
The Chronoking Aviator Sea Diver is equipped with a Seiko VK64A Meca-quartz movement that offers a three-year autonomy. Thanks to quartz technology, it tells time with impeccable precision while the mechanical module takes care of the chronograph. The red chronograph hand glides smoothly over the SuperLuminova indices, giving a mechanical look to the watch.
With a 38mm stainless steel case, this watch is robust and resistant. The black aluminum bezel, with large distinctive numbers, gives the watch a strong personality. The screw-down caseback also attests to the quality of the design of this piece.
The Chronoking Aviator Sea Diver is also a reissue of a vintage piece with modern and avant-garde features. This watch is decidedly sporty while remaining elegant. It is also versatile and can be used for diving, aviation, regatta and also has a "GMT" function.
The slimness of the case and the competitive price are the major strengths of this watch. Guillaume Laidet, CEO of Nivada Grenchen, explains that the battery replaces the barrel and the quartz the balance wheel, but that the Meca-quartz movement remains a watchmaking product that combines the precision of quartz and the pleasure of having gears and traditional mechanics, in a way.
The Chronoking Aviator Sea Diver is sold at an affordable price of € 437.95 from February 20, 2023.
The Pontos Chronograph 43
PONTOS Chronograph 43 mm - © Maurice Lacroix
Maurice Lacroix, the renowned Swiss watch brand, recently launched four new references of its PONTOS Chronograph 43 mm watch. This new version is distinguished by subtle yet significant improvements aimed at enhancing the user experience. The PONTOS Chronograph dial features Arabic numerals for a more modern and immediate reading of the hours. The hour and minute hands are partially openworked and coated with white Super-LumiNova for better visibility in low-light conditions. This feature is also available on the central chronograph seconds hand. The watch's rehaut features an extremely clear minute track, while the dial has a sunburst pattern that plays beautifully with light. The 12-hour chronograph counter, located at 6 o'clock, includes a date window on a matching disk to accentuate the impression of overall harmony and coherence. On the back of the watch, a sapphire crystal reveals the automatic ML112 movement, decorated with Côtes de Genève and a pearl finish. The rotor is also embellished with vertical Côtes de Genève and a sunburst brushing. These finishing details add a touch of elegance to this timepiece. The PONTOS Chronograph 43 mm is equipped with Maurice Lacroix's Easy Strap Exchange system. This innovative system allows for easy strap changes without the need for special tools, offering great customization freedom. Available in four versions, each with a sunburst dial in black or anthracite gray and a 3-row steel or leather strap. This new version of the PONTOS Chronograph is a symbol of Maurice Lacroix's commitment to watchmaking excellence and their constant desire to offer high perceived value watches.
The new Chronoking Aviator Sea Diver watch from Nivada Grenchen is a hybrid watch that is both robust, elegant and multifunctional. With its Meca-quartz movement, it combines the precision of quartz with the beauty of traditional watchmaking. Limited to only 100 pieces.
The Longines Pilot Majetek
Pilot Majetek - © Longines
The Longines Pilot Majetek: the combination of history and modernity Longines marks the return of an aviation watch with the Pilot Majetek, which has successfully won over a large audience in search of reliability, precision, and readability. This new version of the watch combines a spirit of adventure and historical dimension while respecting the aesthetic and technical codes of the 21st century.
The unique-shaped cushion steel case asserts its character and recalls the 1935-inspired model. The bidirectional fluted bezel mounted on the case reflects the aesthetic codes of the historical watch.
The new Longines Pilot Majetek features revised technical and ergonomic characteristics. The 43mm diameter, comfortable to wear, is equipped with a commemorative "1935" plate and a newly patented gear mechanism that guarantees the waterproofing of the fluted external rotating bezel to 10 bars.
Nighttime readability is optimal thanks to the rhodium-plated stick hands and white Arabic numerals treated with old radium Super-LumiNova. The lowered small seconds on the dial accentuates the functional character of this pilot watch.
The watch is powered by the exclusive Longines L893.6 caliber equipped with a silicon hairspring resistant to magnetism, offering a power reserve of 72 hours. The timepiece is chronometer-certified by COSC, guaranteeing its precision.
The Longines Pilot Majetek is available with a brown or green leather strap stitched with two beige stop points or with a NATO-style strap made of recycled polyester fibers.
Casino Tourbillon - © Jacob&Co
Jacob & Co unveils the exclusive Casino Tourbillon watch, a unique creation inspired by the world of gambling. This luxurious watch is designed for risk-takers, thrill-seekers, and game enthusiasts. It features a 44mm rose gold case, a black onyx dial, and a visible rotating roulette on the back of the watch. This fully operational roulette wheel has 37 slots/numbers and a white ball. The flying tourbillon, visible only from the back of the watch, is another unique feature of this watch.
The Casino Tourbillon case is a reinterpretation of the Astronomia Casino case. However, its dimensions, shape, movement, and construction are all new and dedicated to this specific piece. The full and wide lugs, angles, and elaborate construction make this watch comfortable and ergonomic, fitting wrists of all sizes.
The Casino Tourbillon has no crown, and the time-setting and winding are done using small loops placed against the back of the case. The 'Roulette' module sits on a latest-generation base caliber, providing a comfortable power reserve of 72 hours. The roulette pusher is the heart of the watch, elevating it to the rank of a true horological complication. When placed flat on a table, the roulette wheel spins at high speed with very little friction, thanks to a set of very high-quality ceramic ball bearings.
This watch, entirely designed for gambling enthusiasts, is a true roulette game on the wrist. The Casino Tourbillon is a unique piece from the Jacob & Co collection that pushes the boundaries of modern watchmaking. Its elaborate mechanical construction and sophisticated materials showcase the brand's ingenuity.
Casino Tourbillon - © Jacob&Co
By ERNA GRACE