The Ultimate Men's Watch Guide
by Roberta Naas
photography by Jeff Haris
Styling by Thom Driver
For the individual who enjoys standing out in a crowd, these toys of ultimate distinction are from independent watchmakers and offer high-tech movements and cases.
LEFT: Richard Mille Automatic RM029 ($70,000): Made of titanium with a titanium rotor, base plate, bridges, balance cock and oversize date, this timepiece has a skeletonized caliber that took more than 10 months to finalize. 222 Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-285- 9898
TOP: Hautlence HLTi 1 ($44,300): The 43.5mm titanium-case watch with a honeycomb skeleton dial houses a handwound manufacture caliber with jumping hours and retrograde minutes via an extraordinary patented system. It’s a limited edition of just 28 pieces.
RIGHT: Devon Tread 1 ($17,500): Crafted in stainless steel and featuring a patent-pending system of interwoven belts that display the time, the watch has four compact microstep motors that drive the four belts via a lubricantfree pulley system. Feldmar Watch Company, 9000 W. Pico Blvd., LA, 310-274-8016
BOTTOM: MB&F Horological Machine 2 ($80,000): Made of 18k white gold, this is the first instantaneous jumping-hour watch with concentric retrograde minutes (right dial), retrograde date, bihemisphere moon phase (left dial) and automatic winding. The movement consists of 349 components, including 44 jewels. Westime Beverly Hills, 254 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271- 0000
Styling by Thom Driver for Halley Resources