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LIFESTYLE WATCHES


TIMELESS APPEAL


When it comes to horological delights, purists will argue there are classics that are hard to surpass. Here, we take a look at some watches that have made their mark on history, and a few that seem set to join them in the timepiece hall of fame


CA ➔RTIER Created in 1919 and inspired by the armoured body and


caterpillar treads of the first tanks that commanded the battlefields of Europe, Cartier’s Tank watch remains the longest-running wrist watch design in continuous production. It has graced the wrists of US Presidents and their First Ladies, from the Kennedys to the Obamas, as well as A-listers such as Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett. Although the Tank has subtly evolved, the current steel classic, the Cartier Tank Française, is unlikely to ever go out of style. www.cartier.com


AUDEMARS PIGUET The mighty Royal Oak is AP’s signature timepiece, and it shocked the horological world in the 1970s as a sports watch constructed entirely out of stainless steel that cost more than most 18k gold timepieces they were producing at the time. Known as the world’s first luxury sports watch, they’ve made special editions for clients ranging from former US Presidents to Hollywood megastars and F1 racing drivers. The limited edition Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph is a work of art, and is considered a must-have for collectors. www.audemarspiguet.com


PATEK PHILIPPE For subtle elegance and sophistication, it has to be the Patek Philippe Calatrava and this instant classic, the Officier, reference 5153. Known for crafting some of the most simplistically stunning pieces, Patek Philippe’s Calatrava is the designer’s signature model and embodies artistic ingenuity at its very finest. The Officier features a very rare and complex officer’s style yellow gold case, a finely worked opaline dial with hand-guilloché centre in concert with famous Calatrava signatures, such as gold appliqué hour-markers and a cabochon minute track. www.patek.com


52 businesslife.co April/May 2011








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