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Retro 2021: The watch, this Timepiece

Connected, in ceramic, in alloy… between high technology and artisanal know-how, the watch remains a personal object, strong… and symbolic in its function as a timepiece. Selection of proposals as diverse as they are intriguing.*

*this selection complements the article “La Montre, ce Garde-Temps” published in issue 210 of Intramuros.

By Benedict Duhalde

Rado - True Thinline Colors

Rado offers a collection of high-tech ceramic watches, La True Thinline Les Couleurs TM Le Corbusier, which includes all the colors developed by the famous architect in 1931 and 1969. 63 colors, a limited edition of 999 copies per color. Nine new colors are to be discovered this year. Swiss Made.

Tudor - Black Bay Ceramic

The new Black Bay Ceramic model displays the exact time on a 41 mm black ceramic case, Manufacture caliber MT5602-1, certified by the COSC and METAS, thanks to fluorescent numerals and hands visible day and night. Its hybrid leather and rubber strap gives it an idea of unequaled comfort. It is waterproof up to 200 m.

Rolex-Datejust 36

The Datejust 36, a 36 mm Oyster in Oystersteel has an olive green dial with a palm tree decor that is the brand’s identity. Oystersteel belongs to the 904L family of steels, an alloy used in high technology sectors where maximum corrosion resistance is required. It maintains its beauty even in the most hostile environments. Its price: 6650€.

Dior - Watch D

On the arm of Anya Taylor-Joy, the star actress of the series Le Jeu de la Dame should only include the D de Dior watch, satin or pink version, automatic movement or quartz movement, brought up to date by Maria Grazia Chiuri, at the head of the women’s collections since July 2016. From €2,000 to €49,500 for the latest Rose version, encrusted with diamonds.

Chanel - J12 Watch

J12, an iconic watch equipped with caliber 12.1, in high-resistance ceramic, in brilliant black or intense white. Designed in Paris and manufactured in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Jacques Helleu revealed the first J12 in 2000, after 7 years of reflection. Inspired by the slender lines of America’s Cup racing cars and sailboats, redesigned by Arnaud Chastaing, it embodies the Chanel allure. Find the interview of Arnaud Chastaingt in the number 200 of Intramuros.

Seiko - 44 Grand

Seiko’s 44 Grand is one of the most beautiful dials that can be seen on Place Vendôme where the Japanese with their Takumi Masters’ know-how settled in June 2020. Separated from the Seiko brand, Grand Seiko defined the grammar of Grand Seiko design in 1967 under the leadership of designer Taro Tanaka. It is the third brand in its segment.

Cartier – Clash mitten watch (Un)limited

Cartier, mitten watch, unique piece from the Clash collection[Un] limited, a second skin jewel made in 3D printing which required 277 hours of work. Mitt, pink gold, diamonds. Photo © Greg González

Find the interview with Marie Claude Cérède, Watchmaking Creative Director at Cartier, in issue 209 of Intramuros .