Timepieces that made an impression in 2023 - Part 2

With the new year approaching, we made a list of watches that stood out in 2023
Here are some more timepieces released in 2023, that are worth the appreciation for all the good reasons….

1. Audemars Piguet - Code 11.59 Ultra-Complication Universelle RD#4

The timepiece won the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève 2023 (GPHG) for “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix. The Code 11.59 Ultra-Complication Universelle RD#4 is the brand’s first ultra-complicated self-winding wristwatch; it features Grande Sonnerie Supersonnerie, a perpetual calendar, a split-seconds flyback chronograph and a flying tourbillon. 

2. Akrivia - LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie

Born out of the collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Rexhep Rexhepi, the LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie, features double-faced chronograph with a chiming complications and is equipped with a reimagined Louis Vuitton Tambour case and Akrivia’s new tourbillon movement

3. Bovet 1822 - The Virtuoso XI

This is the first fully skeletonized timepiece created by the Maison. This fully hand-crafted and hand finished timepiece is also our cover watch for Jan-Mar issue 2024. 

4. MB&F - HM11 Architect

This horological innovation is inspired by the architecture of a house. Limited to 25 pieces, the timepiece features a central flying tourbillon from which extend four arms connecting to the four different ‘rooms’ or functionalities. The HM11 Architect features a full-system dampener, consisting of four high-tension suspension springs that sit between the movement and lower-case shell to protect it from shock. 

5. Ming - 37.07 Monolith

Resembling aesthetics with the 37.07 Mosaic, which was released last year in 5th anniversary of the brand, the 37.07 Monolith features gradient mosaic pattern on the dial and dark grey toned Super-LumiNova. 

6. Oris - Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter
Oris ProPilot Altimeter

Released in Watches and Wonders, the Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter by Oris is the first and only mechanical wristwatch to be equipped with an altimeter, also known as an aneroid barometer. 

7. Omega - Ploprof or Seamaster Professional 600

Introduced with the other 10 watches to commemorate the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Omega’s Seamaster collection, the Ploprof or Seamaster Professional 600 is the brand’s most robust diver’s watch that can withstand deep ocean pressures up to 1200 metres. 

8. Panerai - Radiomir California PAM01349

Unveiled at Watches and Wonders 2023, the cushion-shaped timepiece is crafted with Brunito eSteelTM, a first by the brand. 

9. Rado - DiaStar Original Skeleton

Following the brand’s theme of ‘Art of Skeletonisation’, the Rado DiaStar Original Skeleton is the first diastar model to be released in skeleton dial. 

10. Rolex - Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36

Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36

The most fun and creative timepiece released by Rolex this year at Watches and Wonder 2023 is Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36; the puzzle dial of the timepiece features a colourful dial, in turquoise blue, red, fuchsia, orange, green and yellow made with the champlevé enamelling technique. 

11. Richard Mille - RM 07-04 Automatic Sport

The RM 07-04 Automatic Sport is the first collection of sports watches for women; the brand has collaborated with six athletes (Aurora Straus, Margot Laffite, Nelly Korda, Nafi Thiam, Yuliya Levchenko, and Ester Ledecká) to develop the collection. The watches of highly technical collection are powered by the most compact automatic movement ever made by the brand, Caliber CRMA8. 

12. TAG Heuer -  Monaco Chronograph Skeleton
CBL2182.FT6235 Skeleton Original Blue

Stood out with its bold, square design, the TAG Heuer Monaco chronographs appear in skeleton dial for the first time; the timepieces celebrate the partnership between the brand and Monaco Grand Prix. 

13. Tissot - Sideral

Equipped with automatic self-winding Powermatic 80 Nivachron movement basting a new Tissot skeletonized rotor, the Sideral models features a forged carbon case that pays homage to trailblazing hardiness of the 1969 released, world's first watch with a fibreglass case timepiece. 

14. Tudor - Pelagos FXD 

Tudor Pelagos FXD Chrono 43mm

Honouring the association between Tudor and the yacht race, Alinghi Red Bull Racing, Tudor’s two new Pelagos FXD models - a chronograph and a time-only watch are crafted with carbon composite and bezel insert, titanium, and stainless steel, the same material used on an AC75 (America’s Cup 75) hydrofoil racing yacht, which signifies the very best in cutting-edge maritime engineering. 

15. Ulysse Nardin - Freak One

Carrying forward the signature of the brand—No Hands, No Crown, No Dial—the Ulysse Nardin's Freak One was unveiled at Watches and Wonder 2023. The timepiece’s UN-240 movement is abrasion and shock-resistant thanks to the silicon hairspring that was introduced in 2008 and an escapement treated with DIAMonSIL. 

16. Vacheron Constantin - Traditionnelle Tourbillon Retrograde Date Openface
Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Tourbillon Retrograde Date Openface

It has aesthetics and mechanics both on top, the Traditionnelle Tourbillon Retrograde Date Openface is proof that a technical piece like this can also be very legible. Read all the details of watch in our story

17. Zenith - DEFY Extreme Mirror

Product of the futuristic take on Zenith’s one of the most iconic 1/100th of a second chronographs, the DEFY Extreme Mirror features a mirror-polished stainless steel case topped with transparent sapphire crystal on both sides. See the detailed video of the watch here

Images courtesy: Brands

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