Jaeger-LeCoultre-Reverso-Hybris-Mechanica-Calibre-185. Image: Wrist News

The Best of Show: The Finest Pieces from Watches & Wonders 2021

In keeping with the times, the luxurious Watches & Wonders 2021 showcase was entirely online, featuring attention-grabbing designs, staggering technological improvements and eye-watering prices.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185

The Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185, also known as the “Quadriptyque,” is the world’s first four-faced wristwatch and the most complex Reverso ever produced. The model was formed to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Jaeger-iconic LeCoultre’s reversible-dial creation.

The classic Reverso mechanism opens up as usual with the pivoting main body, except there’s a peculiar complication on every exposed hand, including the case back. The white gold shell, which measures 51 by 31 by 15 millimetres, houses 11 complications.

This watch will set you back A$1.7 million.

The world’s first four-faced wristwatch. Image: GQ

Hermès H08

The Hermès H08 is a rugged, all-terrain watch that is as sporty as it is elegant, with a lightweight, scratch proof titanium or graphene case that is water-resistant to 100 metres. The watch has a relaxed Parisian vibe to it, with rounded designs, softened corners, and appealing curves that are balanced out by angular details.

This watch retails for nearly A$13,000.

Hermès H08. Image: A Blog to Watch

Cartier ‘Cloche de Cartier’

It is hard to go past a magical cloche wristwatch, and this Cartier conception is no different. The current Cloche de Cartier retains the classic case shape of the 1920s design while updating the dial for a more streamlined and polished appearance.

The yellow gold model is the most ostentatious of the current styles, with a golden-coloured dial with a fine radially brushed finish and blued steel sword hands. The Cloche de Cartier will be available in three case metals: yellow gold, pink gold, and platinum, all of which will be limited to 100 pieces each.

The watches retail from A$45,000

Cartier ‘Cloche de Cartier’. Image: Hodinkee

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar

This watch has proven to be one of the more popular pieces from the showcase, and it is easy to see why. The Lange outsize date, an imaginative ring for the month indicator at the dial’s periphery, and a moon-phase monitor that also shows whether it is day or night are all featured on the self-winding timepiece. The latest model, which has a case diameter of 41.9 millimetres, comes in pink gold with a grey dial or – in a limited edition of 150 pieces- white gold with a solid pink-gold dial.

Prices start from A$135,000.

A Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar. Image: CEO Magazine

Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Flying Tourbillon

In 2021, transparency seems to be a central theme of the Watches & Wonders event, and Louis Vuitton, the iconic French fashion house, is following suit. The Tambour Moon Flying Tourbillon ‘Poinçon de Genève’ Sapphire is housed in a case made entirely of sapphire. This fully translucent development, a true technological and artistic achievement, pays close attention to detail to produce a breathtaking piece.

Prices have yet to be announced.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Flying Tourbillon. Image: Hypebeast.

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