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Maximalism: Our Favourite Show-Off Timepieces of 2020

Minimalism has its place in watchmaking from a classical, streamlined standpoint. This issue, though, we’re going the opposite route with pure maximalism. These watches prove that even the kitchen sink can find a home if the designer’s determined enough. What they don’t use nearly enough, in our opinion, is colour, so we’ve decided to help them out a bit – and what better way than to break open our lockdown sugar stashes and add nice touch of juxtaposition with sweets. So here we are, with bright colours, over-the-top watchmaking and maximalism all-round. Enjoy!

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

Ref: 26399BC.OO.D321CR.01   |   Case/dial: 41mm diameter, white gold   |   Movement: Calibre 2952, automatic, 40 jewels   |   Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 65h   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, flyback chronograph   |   Strap: Hand-stitched “large square-scale” blue alligator leather   |   Price: CHF 240,000, limited to 50 pieces, more details at Audemars Piguet.

Aventi A11

Aventi A11

Ref: 26399BC.OO.D321CR.01   |   Case/dial: 55.5mm diameter x 48.5mm height, sapphire case   |   Movement: Calibre 3450, hand wound tourbillon, 25 jewels   |   Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 72h   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon at 3 o’clock   |   Strap: Silicone   |   Price: $5,000 USD, more details at Aventi.

Ulysse Nardin Blast

Ulysse Nardin Blast

Ref: 1723-400/03   |   Case/dial: 45mm diameter, titanium   |   Movement: Calibre UN-172, automatic, 25 jewels   |   Frequency: 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 72h   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon   |   Strap: Rubber   |   Price: £40,050, more details at Ulysse Nardin.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Ceramic

Hublot Big Band Unico Ceramic

Ref: 411.NM.1170.RX   |   Case/dial: 45mm diameter, satin finished and polished titanium   |   Movement: Calibre HUB1242 UNICO, automatic, 38 jewels   |   Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 72h   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, 60 minute chronograph at 3 o’clock, continuous seconds at 9 o’clock   |   Strap: Rubber   |   Price: £16,500, more details at Ulysse Nardin.

Breguet Tradition Retrograde Date

Breguet Tradition Retrograde Date

Ref: 7597BB/G1/9WU   |   Case/dial: 40mm diameter, white gold   |   Movement: Calibre 505Q, 14½ lignes, automatic, 45 jewels   |   Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 50h   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, retrograde date   |   Strap: Alligator leather   |   Price: £32,000, more details at Breguet.

G-Shock Full Metal GMW B5000CS-1ER

G-Shock Full Metal GMW-B5000CS-1ER

Ref: B5000CS-1ER   |   Case/dial: 49mm diameter, stainless steel   |   Movement: Solar-powered Casio movement   |   Power reserve: 10 months on rechargeable battery  |   Functions: Hour, minute, second, pm, month, date, day, plus more  |   Strap: Stainless steel   |   Price: £699, more details at G-Shock.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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