Aficionados and collectors of timepieces all anticipate the two annual, major-league timepiece extravaganzas: The SIHH Show (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie), which was held in January in Geneva, and the famous BaselWorld - The Watch and Jewellery Show held a month ago.
It is here that all the new rollouts of the year are presented, and it is assuredly at these two shows that summertime water warriors seek out the newest and latest among diving watches. As if a watch were not a complicated enough piece of machinery, making it water-resistant or water-proof is yet another obstacle to crack. Although it is believed that the first divers’ watches were made in the 17th century, it is today’s technology and know-how that make the typical diving watch a thing of beauty, in addition to being water-resistant from about 660 to 980 feet. Herewith, some underwater wonders.
Harry Winston's Ocean Diver is fabricated in 18-kt. white gold and the company’s proprietary zalium. With a rotating bezel, engraved red and black laquered numbers, the watch is secured on a rubber strap. $51,700. 718 Fifth Avenue (56th Street); 212-245-2000; harrywinston.com
The Pershing Chronograph 005 CBF from Parmigiani Fleurier features a 45 mm. case, fashioned from titanium and 18-kt. white gold; the limited edition watch is numbered as well. $25,000. Cellini, Hotel Waldorf-Astoria (East Lobby), 301 Park Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 212-751-9824; 509 Madison Avenue (52nd/53rd Streets); 212-888-0505; cellinijewelers.com
The Fifty Fathoms Automatic from Blancpain is not only functional, but also fancy. The 18-kt. red gold case is a substantial 45 mm. and features a black dial; a sail-canvas strap completes the silhouette. $30,200. 781 Madison Avenue (66th/67th Streets); 212-396-1735; blancpain.com
IWC’s Aquatimer Deep Two features a stainless steel case with a black and blue PVD bezel, an automatic movement, and a rubber strap. Water-resistant up to 400 feet. $15,900. Wempe, 700 Fifth Avenue (55th Street); 212-397-9000, 800-513-1131; wempe.com