When the basic function of a watch is to mark time, it’s hardly surprisingly that preferences for this instrument are as individualistic as the lives of the men they measure.
By Radhina Almeida Coutinho
Artwork Maxwell Burnstein
Hemingway may have been a bit morbid when he declared that every man's life ends the same way, it is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. But there’s no denying what he said is true. Life is in the details. It’s little wonder then that a timepiece – the constant companion to life’s most memorable moments – remains a very personal choice. From the exterior accoutrements – the bezels, crowns, straps and buckles, to an affinity towards round, rectangular, cushion or distinctively-shaped watch faces, a penchant for complications that only tell the time or incorporate fascinating facets of information like moon phases, day-night transitions, second time zones, chronographs or date displays, it’s undoubtedly the details that ultimately distinguish one watch from the other. Traditional hand-finishings such as stain brushing and mirror polishing, futuristic materials and technology, dials that are delicate or dashingly macho – whatever your personal preference, we pick five haute horology creations that celebrate the marvels of minutiae.
Louis Vuitton Flying Tourbillon “Poinçon de Genève”
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moon Phase
Cartier Drive de Cartier
Dior Chiffre Rouge C05
Bulgari Octo Ultranero