By Roberta Naas
This elegant Jaeger- LeCoultre Grande Reverso 986 DuoDate watch ($15,350) features a main time-zone indication, along with the date and seconds on one side and a reference time-zone and day/night indication on the reverse side. It is fashioned in 18k pink gold. 9490B Brighton Way, Beverly Hills; jaeger-lecoultre.com
From Omega, this Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds watch ($17,000) is created in a limited edition of 111 pieces. The large 49.2mm case is crafted in 18k orange gold and features a small seconds subdial at six o’clock. Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., LA; omegawatches.com
This Frédérique Constant Healey ($1,795) is an eye-catching Swiss-made watch plated in 18k rose gold with a leather strap. Bloomingdale’s, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., LA; bloomingdales.com
DeWitt’s Tourbillon Force Constante à Chaîne watch ($265,000) is crafted in 18k rose gold with a rose gold and chocolate-brown dial. Classic Designs Fine Jewelers, 2213 Glendale Galleria, Glendale; classicdesignsglendale.com
This Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Equation of Time watch ($91,100) is crafted in 18k rose gold
with a sapphire caseback. This striking timepiece also provides sunrise and sunset times and a perpetual calendar with accurate astronomical moonphase indications. Westime Beverly Hills, 254 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills; audemarspiguet.com
A New Direction
Remaining true to its divergent but intertwined roots—the sea and the sky—IWC Schaffhausen is making some bold moves. The brand has unveiled a boutique-exclusive Big Pilot’s Watch Special Edition USA, available only in its Beverly Hills and Vegas stores. IWC Schaffhausen invented the inner softiron case in the mid-1930s to guard against the effects of magnetism on watches, thus propelling the brand to the forefront of the pilot-watch arena. This newest 46.2mm limited-edition watch ($15,500) is crafted in stainless steel with a black dial and luminescent blue hands, markers and numerals for easy readability. The watch houses the IWC Caliber 5000, featuring seven days of power reserve. Only 100 pieces were produced, split evenly between the LA and Vegas shops.
Another tribute to the brand’s origins can be found in a recently unveiled, entirely new collection of Portuguese watches. It was in the late 1930s that the brand unveiled the first Portuguese watch in response to a demand for a large, accurate timepiece for Portuguese sea merchants. Today the brand is internationally renowned for its navigational roots, and this latest line of nine watches includes the Portuguese Grande Complication, the Portuguese Hand- Wound and the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph. Soccer legend Luis Figo is a fan of IWC Schaffhausen and, perhaps unsurprisingly, enjoys wearing pieces from the IWC Portuguese Collection. 9490C Brighton Way, Beverly Hills; iwc.com
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.