IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN | Solitaire Magazine

IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

No fancy movements or embellishments here. These watches are all about clean design and good old-fashioned timekeeping.

PATEK PHILIPPE GOLDEN ELLIPSE
What the Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse lacks in complication (all you really have are hour and minute hands), it makes up for with a sense of inner harmony that radiates an irresistible visual satisfaction. This model, which is comprised of a rose gold case, sleek black dial, gold applied hour markers, and an ultra-thin silhouette, has been turning heads since it launched in 1968, proving that elegance and simplicity will always withstand the test of time.

CARTIER BAIGNOIRE ALLONGÉE
The exaggerated oval shape of the Baignoire Allongée lends this Cartier classic a distinctive look that juxtaposes early 20th century panache with modern day refinement. Just like the iconic Tank, the Baignoire’s inherent elegance attracts a cultured audience with a taste for subtlety. This model features a mechanical movement with manual winding, 18K rose gold case and beaded crown set with a brilliant-cut diamond, finished off with a light grey alligator-skin strap.

JAEGER-LECOULTRE REVERSO TRIBUTE SMALL SECONDS
Its Art Deco features, fine lines, rectangular shape, and reversible system are just some of the characteristics that make Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso such an icon. The timepiece was first introduced in 1931 and has since gone through various iterations, with the Reverso Tribute Small Seconds being one of the most current. This model is enhanced with a bold burgundy colour in the dial and strap, as well as the addition of a small seconds aperture at 6 o’clock.

PIAGET ALTIPLANO
While Piaget’s renowned Altiplano timepiece now comes in a variety of versions (skeleton, festooned with diamonds, wood marquetry dial, etc.), our choice, at the end of the day, is still the classic ultra-thin model with an 18K rose gold case. Its remarkably slim profile lends it an elegant look, with an added dose of purity coming from the refined dial and hands. On the inside, it boasts the 430P ultra-thin hand-wound mechanical movement and approximately 43 hours power reserve.

HERMÈS CAPE COD
Elegant and youthful – that is the ultimate draw of the Hermès Cape Cod. Drawing inspiration from an anchor chain link, the timepiece has captured the attention of both men and women, immediately drawing a sense of kinship, which is driven further by a sense of style and liberty. Its interchangeable single or Double Tour straps add to its appeal – opt for natural calfskin for daily wear, but switch it up with the peacock blue on weekends, which matches well with the opaline silvered dial.