By Roberta Naas
Photography by Jeff Crawford | September 29, 2014 | Watches & Jewelry
Complexities, Chronographs, and Calendars are top features of the most popular watches on the market for DC men.
Timepieces that offer certain complex functions in addition to telling time are a valuable asset today. Those functions can include multi-and world-timers that chronicle several time zones, tourbillon escapements that compensate for the effects of gravity on timekeeping when the watch is in different positions on the wrist, or ultra thin designs so that the watch can fit well under shirt cuffs.
CLOCKWISE FROM NEAR RIGHT: From Hermès, this Arceau Le Temps Suspendu ($20,750) translates as “time suspended.” The mechanical self-winding watch offers hours and minutes. However, it is also equipped with a unique system that enables the wearer to stop the watch (suspend time) from showing the time elapsed. When the wearer pushes a button, the watch automatically shows the correct time again. It is crafted in steel and fitted with a matte Havana alligator strap. Hermès, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-966-9700. Piaget’s Altiplano 38mm 900P ($27,800) is a world-record-setting watch as it is the thinnest mechanical timepiece on the market. Piaget managed this revolutionary feat by integrating the 145-part movement into the case. The hand-wound piece was three years in the making and offers an all-time slimness of 3.65mm. It is crafted in white gold, and the movement is black coated. Diplomatic Duty Free, 1818 North St. NW, 202-466-4239. This Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon ($135,800) is a special edition with a steel bracelet and blue dial that features a petite tapisserie pattern and white-gold hour markers. The timepiece houses the Caliber 2924 manufacture mechanical movement with 216 parts, tourbillon escapement, and 70 hours of power reserve. Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers, Tysons Corner, McLean, VA, 703-506-6712. The Ralph Lauren 45mm RL67 Safari Tourbillon ($55,000) is created in a gunmetal-finished steel case. It juxtaposes the toughness of a sport watch with the high-tech tourbillon escapement that compensates for errors in timing due to gravity’s effects. The RL67 self-winding mechanical movement features a power reserve of 38 hours. The steel of the case undergoes a chemical and thermal treatment that increases its durability and transforms its silver sheen into a rugged blackened finish. Ralph Lauren, 1245 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-965-0905
Need a watch to time a morning run or record your daily steps? Chronographs are all the rage—measuring time to the minute, second, and even split second. The multi-sub dial faces of chronographs also make them especially alluring to look at, and they can be found in all price ranges.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Hamilton is a company well-known for its history as a railroad watch. This Railroad Auto Chrono, H-21 ($2,045)—crafted in steel and housing a Swiss-made mechanical movement with 60 hours of power reserve—continues the brand’s tradition of distance and speed timing. The timepiece offers a dial with a tachymeter in the center with a railroad-track motif encircling it. Secrete Jewelry, 1607 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-588-7275. David Yurman’s Revolution chronograph ($6,400) is inspired by the world of muscle cars and auto racing. Crafted in stainless steel with a bold 43.5mm case and steel bracelet, it offers chronograph functions for split-second timing. Tysons Galleria, McLean, VA, 703-245-3515 From Louis Vuitton, this Tambour Twin Chrono Grand Sport watch ($75,500) houses the LV 175 automatic caliber that has been assembled by La Fabrique du Temps, a Louis Vuitton manufacturer. Crafted in 18k white gold, the timepiece offers dual chronograph display and 60-minute counter thanks to the complex 437-part movement. Just 30 pieces will be made. Louis Vuitton, 5481 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD, 301-654-1101. This Movado Parlee limited-edition automatic chronograph ($7,500), created in partnership with Parlee Cycles, is a high-tech watch inspired by the ultralightweight material utilized to build their road bikes. In fact, it is made of the same unidirectional carbon fiber used in the Parlee racing bicycle frame construction. These superdurable sports-performance automatic chronograph watches are available with dial accents in green, orange, blue, or white. Just 250 pieces will be made. Fink’s Jewelers, Dulles Town Center, Dulles, VA, 571-434-6540
There are a host of watches that offer annual or perpetual calendar functions to help the guy-on-the-go keep track of the day, date, month, and more. With annual calendars, the wearer needs to adjust the function at the end of certain months of different lengths, whereas a perpetual calendar tracks and automatically changes according to months of varying lengths as well as leap years, and—in most instances—will not need an adjustment until the year 2100.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: This Carl F. Bucherer Manero ChronoPerpetual watch ($52,600) is crafted in 18k rose gold with a silver dial that depicts the day, date, month, year, leap years, and moon phases. The chronograph has a flyback function and tachymeter scale for ultimate performance from the mechanical timepiece. La Belle Cezanne, 186 Main St., Annapolis, MD, 410-263-1996. From Baume & Mercier, this Clifton 10057 ($4,950) is an annual calendar timepiece with Swiss-made self-winding movement and a power reserve of 42 hours. The 43mm steel watch with domed antiglare sapphire crystal offers moon-phase indication, day, month, and a central date hand on the elegant blue dial. Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers, Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA, 703-506-6712. From Vacheron Constantin, this Patrimony Traditionelle openworked perpetual calendar watch ($174,900) is magnificently skeletonized, and each of the 276 parts of the complex caliber is hand-finished. The watch offers day, date, month, year, leap year, and moon phase, and carries the Hallmark of Geneva certification. Radcliffe Jewelers, 1848 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD, 410-484-2900. The Breitling for Bentley Light Body Qp Midnight Carbon watch ($40,835) features a Royal Ebony dial and a black Bentley II strap. The timepiece is a perpetual calendar chronograph that is precise, powerful, and lightweight. The officially certified COSC chronometer movement holds 500 individual parts. In addition to day, date, week, month, and leap year scale, this watch also offers season and moon-phase indications. Liljenquist & Beckstead, Tysons Galleria, McLean, VA, 703-448-6731
Styling by Terry Lewis