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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.