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Eight of the best timepieces available from top watch designers.

Carl-F-Bucherer gold and black

1. Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback

Inspired by its archives from the 1960s and 70s, the latest addition to the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback collection combines a convex sapphire crystal, mushroom pushbuttons, and 43mm, 18k rose gold case that houses a column-wheel mechanism and 42 hours of power reserve, ensuring both precision and ease of use.

Richard Mille myrtille

2. Richard Mille RM 07-03 Automatic Litchi and Myrtille

Cécile Guenat, artistic director for the Richard Mille Bonbon Collection, brings a playful and rebellious spirit of childhood into the world of high-end watchmaking and design with the new Richard Mille Bonbon Collection of 10 models displaying 60 fun and fresh colors across the six case variations. Pictured is Litchi and Myrtille, (or blueberry as many may know it). Combine fun with the highest of the craft watching your skeletonized automatic-winding in-house movement with hours, minutes and variable-geometry rotor in a 45.32 x 32.30 x 11.93mm case with 50 hours of power reserve.

Audemars Piguet color diamonds

3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

There are 32 individually baguette-cut rainbow-colored sapphires set in the bezel to create a different look for Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Openworked “Rainbow” presented in a 37mm, 18-carat frosted gold case and bracelet. The in-house movement provides a power reserve of at least 45 hours.

Romain Jerome brown and blue

4. Romain Jerome ARRAW Marine Mykonos

Summer may have come and gone but Swiss watchmaker Romain Jerome reminds us of memories from the Greek isles in a 10-piece limited edition series from the ARRAW Marine collection. Inspired by the blue of the Aegean Sea and windmills, the special edition case is crafted in grade 5 titanium with a transparent sapphire crystal case back. The RJ-2040 self-winding chronograph movement displays a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, a 12-hour counter with a date aperture at 6 o’clock, and a small seconds counter at 3 o’clock.

Breguet classic black watch

5. Breguet Classique 5177

The 38mm, 18-carat white gold case with fluted sapphire-crystal caseback makes this classic from Breguet something to savor even when it’s not on your wrist. Water resistant to 30 meters, the striking blue enamel dial is an elegant host for the open-tipped hands in rhodium-plated steel. There is a 55-hour power reserve.

Jacquet Droz flower

6. Jaquet Droz Magic Lotus Automaton

Fauna and flora come to life on your wrist in Jaquet Droz’s new 43mm red or white gold case Magic Lotus Automaton. Designed and assembled in house, this automaton features an animation that runs to more than four minutes. Limited to 28 pieces each, the bridges and oscillating weight are hand-engraved with carp and lotus flowers. The movement contains more than 500 components and there are four patents pending – not surprising considering development took over three years. Entertain yourself and others with eight animation rotations of 30 seconds each. A power reserve depicts the progress symbolized by a hand-painted and hand-carved dragonfly in red gold. When the power reserve is empty, the dragonfly rests on a lotus leaf.

Bovet brown and blue

7. Bovet 1822 Dimier Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter One

A limited edition, Bovet’s 1822 Dimier Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter One offers hours, minutes, seconds on tourbillon, big date, hemispheric precision moon phase, and power reserve indicator in a 48mm Sapphire writing case featuring flying tourbillon, three-dimensional moon phase, big date and 10 days of power reserve.

Ulysse Nardin Mega Yacht marine collection

8. Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht

Limited to 30 pieces, the Marine Mega Yacht from Ulysse Nardin builds on the house’s long history of nautical timekeeping and is water resistant to 50 meters. In the 44mm platinum case, enjoy the classic flying tourbillon, indicators for moon phase and tidal coefficients. The sapphire crystal case back displaying the movement is inspired by a ship’s engine room.

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