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How to Get That Classic Watch Touch

Mike Espindle | October 27, 2017 | Style & Beauty Story Style

The annual Swiss watch shows evidenced a strong trend toward time-honored designs this year—all without crossing the line into pure retro. Here are some strong models for men and women that capture the enduring zeitgeist of haute timekeeping.

1. Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante
Classic is as classic does. A rattrapante (or so-called “split-second”) chronograph variation allows the watch-wearer to simultaneously time two events. Spark the chronograph and two stacked hands begin the count. Click once and the upper hand stops while the lower hand continues to measure the second timing. Breitling’s Caliber B03 chronograph movement simplifies this complex function, is COSC-certified and finds a perfect home on the 45 mm Navitimer timepiece. $11,090 in steel; $32,895 in red gold, limited to 250 pieces; Gleim the Jeweler, Stanford Shopping Center

2. Longines Ladies Flagship
Three very special 18K gold editions of a Longines Flagship Heritage timepiece designed in collaboration with celebrity spokesperson Kate Winslet (to benefit her Golden Hat Foundation autism charity) were auctioned this summer to much excitement. But you can still tap into some of the flavor of that special event with this simple, elegant self-winding 26 mm Flagship ladies timepiece. The shimmering stainless steel design is set off with Top Wesselton diamonds on the hour indices (12 o’clock gets a double dose of the gems) for a truly timeless and always-on-point statement.
$1,725, CH Premier Jewelers, Stanford Shopping Center

3. Frederique Constant World Heart Federation
Since 2004, watchmaker Frederique Constant has been supporting charities, with $50 from each watch sold from its Ladies Automatic Collection donated to various organizations within its foundation, including those related to cardiac health, children and women. This stunning timepiece, featuring an in-house FC-310 automatic movement with a large aperture at 12 o’clock to view the “heartbeat” of the watch and a 38-hour power reserve, is offered in rose gold-plated stainless steel with white, as well as white gold with navy and stainless steel with navy.
$2,295 in stainless steel with navy, $2,650 in rose gold with white and in white gold with navy

4. Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer
Classic dimensions? Check: 44.25 mm and thinner. Time-honored dial design? Yes: two parallel chronograph subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock, orange details and a staggered-minute tachymeter on a matte black face. (Note a special Sedna gold version is available with a dark-blue sun-brushed dial for $24,600.) But this newest version of what is now dubbed the Omega Speedmaster Racing Chronometer, which celebrates its 60th anniversary, is faithful to its midcentury roots, offered in accessible stainless steel versions and METAS-certified, ensuring unmatched accuracy.
$8,450, Shreve & Co., Stanford Shopping Center

Originally published in the September/October issue of Silicon Valley

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