3 Modern Timepieces Inspired by the Past

By Roberta Naas
Photography by Jeff Crawford
Styling by Terry Lewis
January 1, 2015 | Watches & Jewelry

Watchmakers are delving into their archives to create classics for the future.

1 - 3 Modern Timepieces Inspired by the Past

Inspiration—the single factor that grips a designer’s thoughts and sparks startling creativity—reveals itself in many modes. Contemporary watchmakers are looking to brand archives for artistic impressions that influence the designs of modern timepieces.

1. The unmistakable appearance of the new Montblanc Homage to Nicolas Rieussec Limited Edition ($11,500), named for the watchmaker who patented the chronograph in 1821, combines an off-center hour circle in the upper portion, and the chronograph’s elapsed-time displays in the lower portion of the dial features two enameled discs (one for 60 elapsed seconds at 8 o’clock, and a second for 30 elapsed minutes at 4 o’clock. Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City, 516-248-4810

2. Inspired by the record-breaking ultrathin watches of the 1950s, Piaget returned to the drawing board and took three years to build this revolutionary Altiplano 38mm 900P ($27,800). Made of 38mm white gold, it’s the thinnest mechanical watch—the movement parts are actually merged with the case in a record-breakingly 3.65mm slim design. London Jewelers, Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-627-7475

3. On its 175th anniversary, Patek Philippe recalls its illustrious past with new renditions of iconic timepieces. The first Calatrava was created in 1932 and showcased sleek lines and a hobnail bezel. The new Calatrava Ref. 5116R ($28,100) features the original bezel pattern and is crafted in 18k rose gold with an authentic enamel dial. It houses a mechanical manually wound movement. London Jewelers, 47 Main St., Southampton, 287-4499

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