Watch heads, let’s do something we all like to do every once in a while. Maybe every once in a while is not the right expression since almost every watch enthusiast thinks about watches 24/7.. Anyway, it’s a good night for discussing some of our personal favourites regarding premium watches. Feel free to totally disagree with our choice, it is a matter of taste.
The all-time classic
In 1972, a beautiful watch saw the light of day. Inspired by the looks of a ship’s porthole, Audemars Piguet launched the amazing Royal Oak. A timeless masterpiece, finding its elegance in the simplicity of the design. We choose the stainless steel version – we could tell you the reference but that would fill this page and our guess is that the picture says more than a thousand references.. words. The Royal Oak’s beating heart is the perfectly balanced Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 3120, a 40 jewel beauty. This watch has a lot in common with the next one. The Audemars Piguet and the Patek Philippe Nautilus, two beauties with the same ‘father’; Gérald Genta. You could say a cup of coffee with this genius wouldn’t be a punishment. These two are by far one of the greatest creations coming from his hands and that’s definetely something that only he can achieve.
Not that Nautilus you see in ocean documentaries
We try to keep this a fun piece of info and we will never ever try to convince you to like something we like, except for a Patek Philippe Nautilus, ref. 5711. What to say about this watch? Well, to be honest we could say a lot of things, but it’s rather difficult to describe something you really like in just a couple of words. As the Royal Oak, this Patek is perfect because of its simple design – of course we are talking about the looks on the outside. With only a date display, this watch is sporty and classy at the same time. Around the same time as the Royal Oak (1972), the first Nautilus was launched in 1976 and was also inspired by portholes. You could say we love a little bit of ship in our watches.
When the art of Watchmaking is magical
Did you read the little article we did on those two Dutch Grönefeld brothers? Well, right from the beginning this brand had us under its spell. Excuse us for not choosing another porthole imitation, but this is a true masterpiece. A watch that doesn’t have an equal in the wide world of timepieces. Let us introduce: the Grönefeld Parallax Tourbillon, you could say it’s the holy grail of the 21th century. At least in our opinion it is. At Grönefeld there is this guy, he is working for over a month (!) polishing all the parts inside the watch, and when we say all the parts, we do mean all the parts. 278 little pieces to the puzzle, all with a phenomenal finishing. Look at that timepiece, it’s indescribable.