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5 extraordinary timepieces that won’t fail you

5 extraordinary timepieces that won’t fail you

These eye-catching watches are unique, practical, and most importantly, stylish.


Roger Dubuis

Make no mistake, these are no ordinary watches. Instead, they are for those who dare to seek out their next rush. For the adrenaline-chasers who always expect the unexpected, Roger Dubuis’s new Excalibur Huracán. Encased in Ceramic Composite Fibre (CCF) striking white case, the latest model to emerge from Roger Dubuis x Lamborghini Corse merges fierce innovative mechanics and stunning horology aesthetic together in one piece. The high-tech CCF material is 20% lighter than carbon and with idiosyncratic white marble-effect. The word “lightness” might not hold an impressive connotation but it is the exact element that allow the watch to sit perfectly and comfortably on the wrist. Taking strong visual cues from which the Lamborghini Huracán, it’s only natural that the 45mm watch is imbued with signature racing design codes such as the hexagonal dashboard of the Lamborghini Huracán is reflected in the timepiece, twin barrels, a 12° titled balance wheel and a crown inspired by the supercar’s racing nuts.



The always adventurous winged hourglass brand has taken the Longines Spirit collection a step forward with timepieces forged from titanium. Lighter and more resilient compared to steel – proving that strength is not just a matter of weight – the slightly darker tone of the material gives the watches a contemporary aesthetic. The finesse extends to the satin-polished finish on the case and bracelet, sandblasted anthracite dial and sain black flange. The mellow gold hands, numerals, stars and hourglass create a perfect contrast with the black colour of the dial. The high precision is ensured by an automatic movement with a silicon balance-spring, a material that is non-magnetic, hard-wearing and impervious to thermal expansion.



If you’re a Mido fan, you would know that the reissue the 1961 Ocean Star Skin Diver watch last year as a big hit. Featuring a polished 40.5mm case, a multicoloured scale of decompression stops, a “glassbox”-style sapphire crystal and a rotating bezel, the much-awaited version Ocean Star Decompression Time 1961 is ultra-modern which reinforces the vintage feel of the original. The Calibre 80 gives model a formidable power reserve of up to 80 hours while the screwed crown and case-back further enhance the durability of the watch, which is water-resistant up to 200 metres. The stylish individuals will be happy to know that there are three easily interchangeable straps – in braided polished steel, turquoise fabric and patinated leather – for them to jazz things up their own way.


Vacheron Constatin

Famous among for sports enthusiasts and adventurers, Vacheron Constatin explores new aesthetic territories with two Overseas Limited Edition “Everest” limited editions. The Overseas dual time “Everest”. Within the robust 41mm titanium with three shimmering gleams of stainless steel case, the watch is powered by a self-winding Calibre 5110 DT/2 which enables simultaneous reading of two time zones with an arrow-tipped orange hand displays home time and another indicating day and night. The sub-dial at 6 o’clock is synchronised with local time. Visible through the sapphire crystal case-back, the contemporary anthracite grey NAC treatment on the baseplate as well as the 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight adorned with an engraving of Mount Everest inspired by a photograph taken by adventure photographer Cory Richards is a sight to behold.



There’s no stopping Zenith from elevating the form and function of its Defy collection to even greater heights with the Defy Extreme. Precise and rugged, from stylistic viewpoint, the outlines of the watch are heightened by the masterfully integrated details. It features a massive 45mm case, pronounced lines, and an overall silhouette that exudes robustness and resilience. Additionally, components included to protect the pushers and screw-down crown reinforce the aesthetic of the watch. Possibly one of the most intriguing Defy Extreme elements is the twelve-sided ring placed under the bezel, which extends down to the twelve-sided case back. The interplay between materials and their finishes, such as this in matte titanium with rose gold, add another dimension to the modern design.


This story first appeared in the November 2021 issue of Men’s Folio Malaysia.