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The Patek Philippe 5930G World Time Chronograph.

By Jessica Michault

While you may still be on vacation time, the clock is ticking toward fall, and swim trunks will soon be swapped for suits. Before you sigh too heavily, thinking about clocking in again, we’ve put together a short list of timepieces to help you tick away the time in style.

The Patek Philippe watchmakers know their way around timepiece complications. The latest proof of their mastery of this meticulous art form is the Patek Philippe 5930G World Time Chronograph, a blend of one of the brand’s signature complications (a world timer function that displays the time in 24 different time zones simultaneously) with a chronograph. The watch got its starting point in a vintage Patek timepiece called the 1415HU, but this new model has a look that is entirely modern and striking with its blue dial and display back with a yellow gold rotor.


There has been a lot of chatter about Audemars Piguet’s forthcoming Royal Oak Concept RD1 watch among timepiece collectors. But as that watch is not yet on the market, fans of the brand were more than happy to marvel over Audemars Piguet’s new Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher watch. The piece was designed with the Formula One icon who asked the company’s watchmakers to come up with a mechanical chronograph that has two central hands (designed to be repeatedly stopped, started and re-set independently) in order to track continuous and consecutive timing of individual laps.


Chopard has quite a few memorable watches in its stable of timepieces, but perhaps one of its most elegant offerings is the exquisite LUC Regulator. This watch—with its 43mm rose gold case and hand wound in-house movement—has so much going for it. Form and function strike perfect harmony with its central minute hand, hours sub-dial and 24-hour GMT indicator. We’re also a fan of the power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock.


For any real watch collector, an FP Journe timepiece is high on the bucket list. This is a watch brand for die-hard devotees of independent craftsmanship, dedication to the pursuit of excellence—and the virtue of patience as the wait list for an FP Journe can be quite long. One of our favorites from the house is the Nouvelle Octa Luna moon-phase timepiece for its modern and classic design, making it an evergreen purchase. Available in two sizes (40mm or 42mm) and two metals (gold or platinum), this is one timepiece that has been designed to perfection.


Hublot is the watch equivalent of your coolest best friend who always seems to be invited to the best parties, knows the hottest chicks and drives the fastest cars. So it makes absolute sense that the brand would team up with Lapo Elkann (who is the poster boy for “coolest best friend”) and his Italia Independent brand to come up with a new version of the iconic Big Bang Unico watch. Together they produced a limited-edition (500 pieces) carbon-fiber-coated aluminum watch that comes with an interchangeable denim strap, and is available in either indigo or grey.


Over the past 15 years the high complication Opus watches have made the Harry Winston name synonymous with outside the box timepiece designs. But the Opus isn’t the only fascinating line at the label. Its latest Project Z special edition watch has a cutting edge case made out of Zalium, which is a super light, non-corrosive, non-allergenic alloy that also happens to be tough as nails. The Project Z9 watch uses the Zalium to create a sporty flyback chronograph with a dynamic open-work dial. This is an athletic looking watch with some serious attitude.


If retro ruggedness is what you are looking for in a watch, then Panerai is the way to go. Take for example the brand’s Mare Rostrum timepiece. This watch got its start way back in the 1940s when it was originally designed as an officer’s deck watch, but was never put into production. Today, the brand has kept the oversized look and feel of the original design with an impressive 52mm case.


For sailing aficionados, Richard Mille has come up with something special. His new MR 60-01 was created to mark the Voiles de Saint Barth regatta, which Mille sponsors. The watch case, which clocks in at 50mm and is 16mm thick, balances all of that size with a feather light weight thanks to the use of titanium. One feature in particular is going to make waves for sailing fans: It has both countdown and count up indicators that can be used during a regatta’s pre-start periods.


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