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