Horology’s New Gold Standard

December 21st, 2016

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GOLD RUSH: Get a timeless thrill with one of these ticking treasures.

Annotations by Scott Hickey

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Calendar
(Q3912420)
When it comes to watch designs, few are as timeless as the Reverso, with its trademark reversible case. This special version was introduced last year to celebrate the model’s 85th anniversary. On one side, the grained dial provides a handsome stage for the complete calendar displays. On the flipside, the anthracite dial offers a useful second time zone function with a day/night indicator.

$25,200, jaeger-lecoultre.com


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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
(15407OR.OO.1220OR.01)
In a mechanical watch, the balance wheel and balance spring work together to provide the steady rate needed to measure time precisely. This Royal Oak doubles down on accuracy as the first to incorporate two balance mechanisms in one movement. To give this technical achievement its proper due, Audemars Piguet went a step further, skeletonizing the entire movement for a spectacular view.

$76,800, audemarspiguet.com

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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moon Phase
(384.032)
A true master of haute horlogerie, this German firm produces exceptional timepieces that are like catnip to collectors. This model combines the brand’s signature large date display with a beautifully detailed moon phase indicator. While a typical moon phase complication needs a one-day adjustment every two and a half years, Lange’s design won’t need a correction for more than a century.
$29,000, alange-soehne.com

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Urwerk UR-105 “Raging Gold”
(UR105RagingGold)
One of the most innovative time displays in the watch world can be found in the UR-105, which uses a numbered disc to not only display the hour but also count the minutes as it orbits the dial. This limited edition (22 pieces) takes its name from the rose gold bezel, which sports a crisscross pattern that feels as good as it looks.

$70,000, urwerk.com