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THE VINTAGE-INSPIRED WATCH WITH OPULENT WORKMANSHIP AWARD Rado Golden Horse 1957 Limited Edition
Within the archives lie rich knowledge and expertise that helps a brand progress without losing sight of its identity. As Rado evolved into the masters of materials — ceramics being their virtuosity — it released the Golden Horse 1957 Limited Edition that paid tribute to an important chapter within Rado’s history books.
Unlike the futuristic appearance of its ceramic-clad peers, the Golden Horse 1957 Limited Edition captured the zeitgeist of the late 1950s and early 1960s designs with its vintage outlook. The 37mm diameter, case construction and smoked coloured dial stayed true to period watchmaking though it was upgraded with a sapphire crystal to keep up with the rigours of daily wear. A pair of gold seahorses are emblematic of Rado’s illustrious past and glorious present while the re-introduction of the Rado anchor serves as an indicator for watch servicing when the anchor stops rotating.
THE ICONIC CHRONOGRAPH WITH UPDATED RESTYLE AWARD TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph
TAG Heuer’s 160th anniversary sees the iconic Carrera family revel in the spotlight as the collection is released in several updated iterations, the latest being the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph.
Sized aptly in 42mm to present-day preference, the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph exudes elegance with a polished stainless steel case with redesigned slimmer H-shaped bracelet links. A contemporary black opaline dial is the ideal backdrop for the chronograph counter layout, minute track and baton indexes referenced from the original 1963 Carrera chronograph to shine. TAG Heuer’s high performance in-house automatic chronograph calibre Heuer 02 is the workhorse powering the stylistic update.
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THE DRESS WATCH WITH LONG ENDURANCE AWARD Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80
Elegance is an attitude and the Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 typifies the expression exquisitely despite its mouthful namesake. Classic watchmaking influences form the foundation of the Le Locle Powermatic 80 as seen in the choice of Roman numerals, guilloché patterns on the dial centre and a svelte 39mm case dimension. The combination of the trio presents an enduring sense of sophistication that works harmoniously to withstand the test of time.
Beneath the charm of a classic watch is the Powermatic 80 calibre that Tissot prides itself on. Picking up the Le Locle Powermatic 80 on Monday after a weekend on the dresser and one will be pleased to find it still running thanks to the 80-hour power reserve Powermatic 80.111 movement within.
THE ACTION-PACKED ALL-ROUNDED WATCH AWARD Omega Seamaster Diver 300m 007 Edition
Watches and the cinematic universe of movies share a long, intertwined history — Omega and James Bond being a prime example. To commemorate the 25th Bond film, Omega released the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m 007 Edition worn by Daniel Craig as he reprises his final outing as 007. A discreet gentleman by choice, naval commander by training and spy by profession, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m 007 Edition was designed to be an all-rounder to fit the needs of a modern man.
The dive nature of the 300m Seamaster and grade 2 titanium case presents a tough and hard-wearing candidate for seemingly all activities. Clad in neutral shades of grey and black punctuated by tropical brown tones, the usual high-polish steel case makes way for a matte affair with nods to Bond’s military roots. An equally robust automatic Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre 8806 provides the watch with exceptional precision and resistance to shock and magnetism.
This story first appeared here in our October 2020 issue!