Four of the most stunning timepieces for 2021
Published on 24 June 2021
As we settle into winter, it’s hard to believe we’re half way through the year. The first six months of the year has seen a strong slate of releases, with many brands focusing on smart new versions of popular designs. This makes narrowing down the field of worthy contenders to the final four a challenging task. But we’ve finally come up with a selection that’s the best of the best.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Duetto
This year marks the 90th anniversary of one of the original sports watches — the iconic Reverso from Jaeger-LeCoultre. Famously named because of its ingenious ‘reversible’ case, originally intended to allow wearers to protect the delicate crystal. As time has passed, the Reverso has become the gold standard for a refined rectangular watch, and the latest Reverso Classic Duetto is no exception.
This automatic Reverso is cased in finely finished pink gold, highlighted with twin rows of diamonds. The real beauty of this Reverso Duetto is the fact that you get not one but two dials to play with. The front dial is a silvered opaline dial with gold applied numerals, while the back dial is lacquered black with frosted numerals. So no matter your outfit, this Reverso is sure to look the part.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG”
IWC’s Pilot’s watches have been under the spotlight in recent years, with the Schaffhausen-based brand adding bold new colours and materials into the classic aviation design. One of the most surprising and exciting additions to the lineup is this collaborative release with long-term automotive partner Mercedes-AMG. IWC and AMG have been partnering up and making watches together since 2004, and this release is one of their best yet.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG” is cased in a grade 5 titanium case, 43mm across and finished in a matt satin finish that gives the chronograph a sleek and stylish appearance to match its light weight. The dial is made from woven carbon fibre, a recurring theme for IWC x AMG watches — and, combined with the stark dial design of the Pilot’s Chronograph, the effect is stunning. The complex weave of the carbon fibre adds depth that needs to be seen in person to be truly appreciated.
Cartier Ballon Blanc de Cartier
Cartier‘s 2021 releases featured some stunning watches in the Tank collection, but it was this jewelled beauty that stole our heart, the Cartier Ballon Blanc de Cartier, a 30mm steel watch on a blue calfskin strap with a satin finish. Setting this airy and graceful Cartier apart are the diamonds. There are 44 brilliant-cut stones gracing the bezel, while a single larger stone is set at four o’clock. The total weight of these diamonds — 0.66 of a carat.
While it would be hard to outshine the precious stones, the dial of this Cartier does an excellent job. The silver, sunray-brushed dial glitters in the light while providing all the hallmarks of the famous Maison; impeccable proportions and those famous Roman numerals. If you’re looking for a jewellery piece that can be worn 24/7, this Cartier Ballon Blanc is hard to pass up, and even harder to put down.
Panerai Submersible Bronzo Blu Abisso
Way back in 2011, Panerai released its first ‘Bronzo’, and it became an instant cult icon. Bronze is an ancient alloy, one that works surprisingly well on a modern dive watch. In addition to being hard-wearing and corrosion-resistant, bronze will develop a subtle patina unique to the wearer — ensuring that each and every Bronzo is one-of-a-kind.
The latest addition, Panerai’s Submersible Bronzo Blu Abisso PAM01074, might well be the best yet. This limited production piece features a gorgeous blue dial that is soft and rich and almost royal. It’s the perfect counterpoint to the warm golden tones of the bronze case. The dial is matched with a soft blue suede strap that adds a relaxed air to the whole ensemble, though if you’re planning on going diving, we suggest swapping it out for the rubber strap that’s also included.
The biggest change in this Bronzo though is the size. PAM01074 measures in at 42mm. Not small by any stretch of the imagination, but compared to previous 47mm releases, the toned-down case dimensions will suit a wide range of wrists. So, if you’ve ever wondered about bronze, this is the perfect watch to test the waters with – so dive right in.
Written by: Felix Scholz