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We’ve crossed the quarter-mile mark for 2019, and we’ve already found a handful of noteworthy timepieces that deserve the spotlight. Watch fairs like the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and Baselworld 2019 unveiled an exquisite range of timepieces, both in terms of watchmaking finesse and creativity. Even as we wait for more launches, these are the best creative watches we spotted so far. 

 

1
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manera

Based on renowned artist Milo Manara’s illustrations of underwater encounters between a hauntingly beautiful woman and a mythical mermaid, each of the 10 watches in this series serve as a part of the story. The artisans at Ulysee Nardin hand-painted Manara’s work perfectly onto the dial, which is what makes them so unique. Limited to  200-pieces, the capsule attracts lovers of all things nautical and artistic. Spot an anchor at 12 o’clock and the UN-320 self-winding movement inside. 

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Jaeger Le-Coultre Master Ultra-Thin Moon Enamel

At this point, Jaeger-LeCoulture is just showing off its remarking skill of watchmaking. Here’s what we loved about this timepiece – the deep blue overtone, the enamelled dial, an ultra-rare moonphase complication and a perpetual calendar. While these four seem like an eclectic set of features, they come together to create a masterpiece. The case is white gold and the dial, a deep midnight blue, which is at the core of its allure. 

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3
Breitling 806 Navitimer 1959

This year, Breitling have been celebrating Bentley’s centenary with a chronograph timepiece. Apart from that, the watchmaker has also made headlines for this exquisitely detailed chronograph watch. From what appears to be a tech-tool from World War II, the 806 Navimeter is an aviation geek’s dream. For lovers of detail, heritage, and signature Breitling design, this is it. 

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4
Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Watch

Several complications unite for the captivating Piaget Altiplano. The 3.1mm-thick diamond-set movement is an absolute novelty. This ultra-thin, hand-wound skeleton Manufacture Piaget 838D movement features 219 brilliant-cut diamonds in total, but its slender, stretched composition truly allures. And the entire case is only 7.3mm, a notable technical feat in itself. 

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5
Richard Mille RM 07-03 Marshmallow and Cupcake

While the rest of luxury brands in watchmaking focus on intricacy and bold silhouettes, Richard Mille comes out with a design that’s more playful. The ‘Bon Bon’ capsule, by far, is Richard Mille’s most fun line as it focuses on the simple joys of candies and sweets. Under all the sugar treatment is a titanium grade-5 baseplate that bares a hand-enamelled white gold case. You’ll also find diamond treatments on its dial and case. 

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.