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5 watches that showcase boundless revolution

5 watches that showcase boundless revolution

The design language of the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph has been translated onto the less complex Streamliner Centre Seconds. Boasting the same rounded curves, the latter comes with a streamlined 40mm steel case topped by a gently domed sapphire crystal and features a fumé dial in vibrant Matrix Green with sunburst pattern. Proving small design details can go a long way, the case middle has hollowed and satin-finished forms on the sides injecting character and interest to the case. The flexible integrated bracelet contains extremely fluid lines, articulating a gentle wave on the wrist. Displaying the hours and minutes, the 3D hands are formed of two sections and utilise inserts made from Globolight, an innovative ceramic-based material which contains Super-LumiNova.

What happens when Zenith and internationally famed DJ and producer Carl Cox decide to collaborate? That’s when an inspirational masterpiece emerges. Defy 21 Carl Cox, the new instalment in Zenith’s “Friends of the Brand” series, is distinctive light with every element of the case, the pushers, the crown, the buckle head and the bezel – which by the way, glows in the dark – all made of carbon fibre. The appropriately personalised dial features a rotating disk-shaped like a vinyl record with Carl Cox’s logo at 9 o’clock, serving as a running seconds indicator, while the El Primero 9004 automatic movement keeps the beat pumping.

A throwback to one of Rado’s icons, the Golden Horse 1957 Automatic Limited Edition comes with the original hands and indexes, the two traditional golden seahorses positioned just about 6 o’clock, and the red date at three o’clock, an emblematic feature of Rado watches from the 60s and 70s on a fantastical black to green gradient dial. Although the 37mm polished stainless steel case is small by contemporary standards, the overall watch appearance is balanced and neatly proportionate with a very well done old-school rice-grain bracelet.

The Mido Commander Gradient watch shows off an attractive yet approachable clear-cut design, flaunting a polished black on the bezel, a satin-finished black on the case, and touches of bright orange on the indexes and hands in reference to the brand’s signature colour. The two most striking features of the watch are: 1. The gradient dial that shifts from smoky to clear, and 2. The precise and reliable automatic Calibre 80 that offers a competitive power reserve of up to 80 hours. The whole mechanism can be viewed on the front and also be admired on the back through the exhibition case-back.

Lastly, there’s the Swatch Big Bold Spectrum collection. Taking inspiration from streetwear, it clearly divulges the message: “The time is yours, and the city still leaves a lot to be conquered”. Set within the rugged 47mm semi-transparent matte black case is an orange skeleton dial which subtly offers a peek of the movement. The neon blue detailing on the bezel as well as indices, minutes scale and hands adds a lively pop of colour which holds the entire watch design together without being overwhelming.