Swiss artist, architect and designer Max Bill left behind a vast collection of ingenious and influential work, including a celebrated group of wristwatches for German luxury watchmaker Junghans. Originally produced in 1961, these elite mechanical timepieces embody the rational and practical approach of the Bauhaus movement, of which Bill was a key player, and today maintain a straightforward appearance that is as functional as it is fashionable.
Vacheron Constantine’s Métiers d’Art collection celebrates the outstanding master craftsmanship of the Geneva-based luxury brand, which adorned the wrists of Napoleon Bonaparte and Harry Truman, among others. Their Univers Infinis Fish model comes from a group of only 20 watches, and is one of three styles in “Les Univers Infinis” series, which reimagines MC Escher’s iconic sketchbook patterns into elegant handcrafted works, more eternal treasures than temporal objects.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s development of ultra-thin calibres goes back to 1907, when Jaeger challenged LeCoultre to create the flattest mechanism of all time—and the 145 Calibre, only 1.38 mm thick, was born. Today, their expertise for creating slender watches lives on, as demonstrated by the Master Ultra Thin 41, which packs 28,800 vibrations per hour into a 7.4 mm case. Combined with the watches minimalist aesthetic, this stunning timekeeper is a study in refined elegance.
This classic automatic Piaget watch contains the world’s thinnest mechanical movement. 18K white gold brilliantly compliments this watch’s black leather strap, and with an additional inset face for the seconds, it’s as functional as it is stylish.
Iconic watchmaker TAG Heuer has been the official timekeeper for the Olympic games, produced the first watch to venture into outer space (thanks to John Glenn), and is credited with inventing major mechanicals in the history of horology, from the oscillating pinion to the first quartz chronograph. Their Aquaracer Grand Date chronograph has all the features you would expect from this esteemed maker, including highly accurate quartz movements, a unidirectional turning bezel and ultimate water resistance.
Ikepod’s black and white ceramic watch features a reversible face, perfect for staying punctual in different time zones. Each side of this Marc Newson-designed women’s watch features a sapphire crystal and runs on Swiss movement.
The model W 56 S is activated by movements of the wrist, this digital watch harnesses the power of kinetic energy, making batteries a thing of the past. The Swiss design features an open display allowing you to see its momentum-powered micro generator.
The London-based watchmaker’s 203 series boasts a Swiss movement housed in a chamfered bezel as well as a date aperture window and split chronograph functions. Available in several finishes, and other styles available.
IWC perfectly updates the classic pilot’s watch with the Mark VII—a sleek take on the original Mark 11 from the 1940s.
Zenith’s distinct El Primero calibre was first presented to the world in 1969. Designed as one of the first automatic chronograph movements with a high frequency of 36,000 alternations per hour, this masterstroke of horology lives on today in El Primero 36,000 VPH, which features the same elegant features and astounding accuracy as the original, complete with a handsome 42 mm case and the watch’s signature integrated movement.
A combination of classic style and modern stainless steel constrution, the designer’s 21 Jewel Automatic Watch comes in three styles with a gold plated case. The shell cordovan leather band and stainless steel construction make for a clean look at the office or out on the town.
The reissued version of this classic timepiece stays true to Dieter Rams’ original design with a minimalist stainless steel face and leather strap, yet features a modern LED back-lit date and time display.
Sport some playful silicone with these casual watches from RUBR. The wide range of colors makes them perfect for friends of varied tastes, although we’re partial to the large face watch in green.
This Timex watch re-editions stand out among J. Crew’s recent collaborations. Now with several different styles each is perfectly balanced, practical, stylish and affordable, and water resistant to 50 meters. You’ll see them frequently on our editors’ wrists.