The elegant watch (6)

Three elegant offerings this week, starting with the 4 model Maurice Lacroix18ct Rose Gold ultra thins.

Elegance in Rose Gold

Elegance in Rose Gold

With delicately curved Sapphire Crystal and simply elegant dials these Automatic models are just what they are – beautiful timepieces and very classic.Ashampoo_Snap_2014.06.05_21h34m16s_002_

Not to be outdone Jaeger Le-Coultre have this addition to the well known Ultra Thin Master Grande with this time round a black dial and either in steel or Rose Gold.

In these days of black divers and luminous requirements these dress watches are rather refreshing to see, especially when produced by these flawless quality makers.

Not to be outdone there are of course the Ladies to cater for and here the new Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Small Second Watch is about as elegant as you can get.

Elegance and Mother of Pearl

Elegance and Mother of Pearl

The sheer sensuality of this model with it’s slender curves and oval gold case and wonderful subtlety of Mother of Pearl (I’ve always loved this on watches).

Sensuality at it's best

Sensuality at it’s best

So elegant watches are still around today, though you have to look for them as so many of today’s offerings are large and rather ostentatious.   And with the prevalence of digital technologies maybe the style is disappearing from the watch ever so slightly day by day.

And to lose that would be a great pity.

Yimei Classic traditional watches consists of four models, including the 38 mm and 28 mm compact menswear ladies. Beautiful 18K rose gold ultra-thin case, covered with delicate hour, minute, second hand, highlights the essence: Time. The only additional feature is at 6 o’clock date display, pragmatic and low-key. Circular gradient silver or black dial, with rose gold plated hands, fantastic; otherwise black or white lacquer dial model, with gold or black Roman numerals. Such a gorgeous, before your eyes.

Yimei  traditional family watches the appearance of calm in the exposed edge, reflecting centuries of traditional art heritage. Slim case, the beautiful simplicity of the dial, highlighting the restrained elegance watch, highlighting the wearer’s taste.

Watches with ML 155/ML 132 (men’s and women’s) automatic movement, shell thin, precise timing, a symbol of reliability, blending classic and modern design style, complement each other. Curved sapphire crystal so all the details at a glance. Decorated with the highest level of traditional crafts decorative corrugated Geneva auto hammer, snail lines and circles pattern plywood, and rhodium-plated oscillating weight, were pleasing.

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Elegant –  simple enough word to say, but not quite so easy to see – I mean what’s elegant to me may not be to you and as a description of a watch, well it then becomes wide open to interpretation and even ambiguity, so say the least.  What about “refined” or “sophisticated” or maybe “tasteful”.  Perhaps “delicate” would describe it or even “graceful” and so on and on . . . . .
Not so easy is it?  Can this definition actually be defined – Wow, that’s deep, but there lies the conundrum and can it be applied equally to a Dress watch or an everyday Practical watch?

I hope to post 4 models each month that maybe meet my “elegance” criteria and here are my interpretations on what I think is elegant and see if you agree – first up . . . . The wonderful IWC Portofino

The beautifully elegant IWC Portofino Moonphase.

The beautifully elegant IWC Portofino Moonphase.

Perhaps what I’d personally call “simply” elegant, the IWC Portofino – and yes “delicate” even “graceful” and certainly “sophisticated” – oh yes it ticks a good few boxes for me and if elegance is a combination of so many different impressions, it certainly fits the brief I’d say.

A sleek Lemania from the 1950's

A sleek pink Gold Lemania from the 1950’s

A beautiful 18ct Pink Gold cased Lemania (supplier to Brequet) from the ’50’s, with sunken engraved sub-dials at 38mm diameter and only 8.5mm depth, is indeed rather slim and elegant.  Proportionally it is a very pleasing watch and one that I think meets the criteria pretty well.

Ebel Automatic Classic Hexagon 9303F61

Ebel Automatic Classic Hexagon 9303F61

Not sure if this Ebel automatic 9303F61 is entirely “elegant”, but it has a certain “refinement” about it that I personally like.  Definitely “sophisticated” and even complicated showing the Day and Date in retrograde style and all contained in what they call their Classic Hexagon model – 45.4mm diameter x 11mm.  I love the description of this particular dial configuration which is called the “wink and smile”.  Ebel tend to be a little below the radar here in the UK, but they do produce some very sweet and very high quality watches, which is unsurprising as Movado group are involved, so need I say more.

Followed by a Seiko GS automatic, just to show that Gold doesn’t have the monopoly on elegance.  Seiko are masters of stainless steel design and this model is no exception.  Beautiful shaped curve of the GS and it’s balance between refinement and practicality, the perfect matching bracelet says it all and i think a worthy member of my “elegant” selection.

The Seiko GS in stainless steel

The Seiko GS in stainless steel

Note – Another 4 watches will feature next month on or around the same time, same place . . . . . .

The elegant watch (2)

Another collection of “elegant” watches from around the world.  First from my own cabinet is this, now vintage, made in France, Michel Herbelin Classic with a Swiss ETA movement.

Michel Herbelin Classic Swiss ETA quartz, sapphire crystal, 100m WR.

Michel Herbelin Classic Swiss ETA quartz, sapphire crystal, 100m WR.

Followed by a delicate but classic form of the Romanson of Korea model, not often seen here in the UK, but nevertheless a popular watch around the world.  This model certainly has an elegance and worthy of including here.  I particularly like the perfectly matching bracelet which also has a delicacy of form I find very pleasing.

Romanson Classic from Korea

Romanson Classic from Korea

From the £300 range we move upwards to the classic Swiss Chopard Luc XP Automatic 65hr reserve with micro-rotor.

Chopard Luc XP 18ct Automatic

Chopard Luc XP 18ct Automatic

What sets this apart is the beautiful formed case at 39.5mm which is delicately thin 7.3mm.  18ct of course and powered by the use of a superb micro-rotor.

Now off to Germany for this wonderfully elegant Junghans Meister Kalender model.  Featuring the automatic J800.3 mechanical movement, rhodium case and a convex hard Plexiglass with SICRALAN * coating which allows much better scratch resistance, excellent UV and chemical resistance.

Junghans Meister Kalender Triple Date Moon phase

Junghans Meister Kalender
Triple Date Moon phase

I love this Triple Date Calendar and Moon Phase model so much that I have included another image – surely one of the most refined Triples around at the moment.

Junghans Meister Kalender Triple Date Moon phase

Junghans Meister Kalender
Triple Date Moon phase

For such a lovely watch you would be forgiven if you thought it far out of reach price wise – however it may surprise you and could be worth checking it out!  I spotted it at €2000 Euros just the other day.

That surely has to be one of the best elegance to value ratio models I have seen in a long time.

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