Minimalism is the antidote to the clutter of our tech-heavy lives. Here are five timepieces launched this year that tell time with zen-like simplicity. By Mitrajit Bhattacharya
TONDA MÉTROPOLITAINE ROSE GOLD
Parmigiani Fleurier presents a new feminine timepiece in the Tonda Métropolitaine line that marries a mother-of-pearl dial with a bezel that boasts 76 diamonds. The skeletonised hands emphasise the beauty of the dial. The rose gold appliques are discreet and highlight the organic material in all its complexity. INR 24,22,000
The L.U.C line from Chopard continues to enthral gentlemen who refuse to get carried away by bling. With its vertical satin-brushed greyish green dial framed by a white gold case, L.U.C Quattro expresses an aura of distinction. Its unique colour and ‘Poinçon de Genève’ certification make this chronometer a collector’s favourite. 50 pieces only; price on request.
Keeping in mind the discerning woman who seeks simplicity with a slight touch of opulence in her timepiece, Breguet launched the new Classique 9068 in May. The white mother-of-pearl dial, hours chapter in Roman numerals, second hand in the centre, and date at 3 o’clock—this watch is all class. INR 17,77,000.
This is the first watch with a case made from sand-coloured ceramic, which was inspired by the Mojave Desert, home to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake—the largest land area of the U.S. Navy. The colour of the watch matches the uniforms worn by the Navy pilots. The column wheel designed chronograph movement has both, a chronograph function and a display for the day and date. 500 pieces only; INR 5,53,000.
The Saxonia line represents the simplest and the purest of the Lange watches. This watch comes in a case size of 37mm in diameter and 5.9mm in height. The old-world charm of Saxonia is highlighted by a manually wound house calibre L093.1, which features just the basic hour and minutes, and a power reserve of 72 hours; price on request.