22 Watches to Wear This Season
Stay in style with 2015's best timepieces, from calendars for him to berry tones for her.
Stylishly sophisticated timepieces for the ladies in luscious red, grape and plum are bold and ripe for the picking.
1. The Zenith Elite Ultra Thin Lady Moonphase features a purple sunray-patterned dial in a 33mm stainless case set with diamonds; $8,700, at Westime, Beverly Hills, and Cellini, New York.
2. The 32mm Dior VIII Montaigne has a deep plum lacquer dial and calfskin strap and mother-of-pearl accents; $4,500, at Dior, Beverly Hills and New York.
3. The 26mm Bulgari Roma Tubogas is crafted of 18-karat pink gold and stainless steel and has a brown soleil lacquered dial with diamond indexes; $10,300, at Bulgari, South Coast Plaza and New York, and Westime, Beverly Hills.
4. Cherry is the latest color to adorn the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date. The 36mm white-gold watch has an embossed leather strap with deployment clasp; $23,550, at Gearys, Beverly Hills, and Wempe, New York.
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The Dark Side
TAG Heuer’s special edition for supermodel Cara Delevingne is part of a new crop of statement-making watches with shadowy allure.
1. Ulysse Nardin’s Marine Chronometer features a 41mm steel case and black dial with power reserve indicator; $9,400, at Westime, Beverly Hills, and Ulysse Nardin, New York
2. Bulgari’s tech-driven Diagono Magnesium has a 41mm black ceramic case and can connect to mobile devices to encrypt passwords and other information; $4,300, at Bulgari, Beverly Hills and New York, and at Westime, Beverly Hills
3. TAG Heuer’s Carrera 41mm Cara Delevingne Edition features an anthracite dial with rose gold plated indexes, quilted leather strap and 72 white diamonds; $4,000, at Feldmar Watch Co., Los Angeles, and TAG Heuer, New York
4. Hublot’s 38mm Classic Fusion Black Magic is highlighted by a satin-finish black ceramic case, a matte carbon fiber dial and a matte-black rubber strap; $8,600, at Hublot, Beverly Hills and New York
5. Chanel’s 38mm J12 Intense Black watch is crafted of glossy black ceramic and steel and features a jet-black dial with luminescent-tipped hour, minute and second hands; $5,600, at Chanel Fine Jewelry, New York and Beverly Hills
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Hit the open road (and skid away from L.A. gridlock) in a first-position race-inspired watch.
1. Monaco: Tag Heuer released the square Monaco chrono in 1969 in honor of the Monaco Grand Prix (Steve McQueen wore it in 1971’s Le Mans). It’s now been reissued, complete with its 39mm steel case and the left-hand crown sported by McQueen; $5,350, at Tag Heuer, New York, and Westime, Beverly Hills
2. Silverstone RS Racing: Named for the famed British racetrack, Graham’s 46mm Silverstone RS Racing chronograph features a checkerboard dial, a seconds counter crafted to look like a brake disc and a rubber strap embossed to resemble a tire tread; $5,780, at Kenjo, New York, and Feldmar Watch Co., Los Angeles
3. El Primero Chronomaster: Zenith’s El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition celebrates the Tour Auto Optic 2000, a classic-car race from Paris to Biarritz. Limited to 500 pieces, the 42mm chrono features an open-heart dial, 12-hour and 30-minute counters and a tachymetric scale; $11,900, at Westime, Beverly Hills, and Cellini, New York
4. Royal Oak Concept: Formula One legend Michael Schumacher collaborated with Audemars Piguet on the 44mm Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher, limited to 221 pieces. The innovative split-seconds chronograph function allows the wearer to time two competing drivers at once; $229,500, at Audemars Piguet, New York and Beverly Hills
5. Superfast Chrono Porsche 919: Chopard’s Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition pays tribute to the Belgian driver, who famously won six 24 Hours of Le Mans titles and is an ambassador for Chopard and Porsche. Limited to 100 pieces, the 45mm chronograph features a silver-toned dial with a blue inner bezel ring (the color is a nod to Ickx’s famous helmet); $13,110, at Chopard, Costa Mesa, and New York
Seeking more than just the time and a pretty face? Calendar watches offer long-term rewards, keeping track of date, day, month, even leap years and phases of the moon.
1. A. Lange & Sohne’s Datograph Perpetual now is available in a white gold/gray dial version with calendar information condensed within the chronograph subdials; $141,500, at A. Lange & Sohne New York, South Coast Plaza and Miami
2. IWC expanded its timeless Portugieser line with eight models, including the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar, which automatically adjusts for varying month lengths and leap years to theoretically run accurately for a century; $39,800, at IWC New York and Beverly Hills
3. De Bethune has expanded its DB25 Perpetual Calendar lineup with the handsome DB25 QP Black Gold in rose gold with a finely engraved chocolate dial showcasing the brand’s signature spherical moon phase; $136,500, at Westime, Malibu
4. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Calendar Meteorite reminds us that time’s cycles originate in the cosmos. This complete calendar is enhanced with a super-accurate moon phase; $24,500, at Jaeger-LeCoultre New York, Beverly Hills and South Coast Plaza
5. Requiring adjustment only once per year, Cartier’s Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar displays the day, date and month in an elegant, easy-to-read format; $38,000, at Cartier boutiques nationwide
See the Light
When the sun goes down, these watches will light up a Hollywood night with glowing numerals, indexes and hands.
1. Bremont expanded its military-themed U-2 collection with the U-22 Bronze. The bronze barrel color is taken from the antireflective coating on the plane’s cockpit canopies; $5,695, at Bremont, New York, and Feldmar Watch Co., Los Angeles
2. Panerai’s Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio traces its roots to when the brand supplied the Italian Navy. Water resistant to 300 meters, this 47mm diver sports markings in phosphorescent SuperLuminova material; $17,100, at Panerai Beverly Hills and New York
3. Glashutte Original's Senator Observer channels the spirit of a vintage pilot’s watch with a black dial, Arabic numerals, small seconds subdial and power reserve display that all glow in the dark; $11,800, at Westime, Los Angeles, and Wempe, New York
This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's fourth annual Watch Issue.