Watch lovers do not want to miss the exciting timepieces in store at the Siam Paragon Watch Expo 2020. We round up the 10 highlights we’ve set our sights on.
The show goes on, and time is perhaps the most quintessential example. As we come out of our lockdown restrictions, Siam Paragon is back in full swing, collaborating with Watch Galleria at Paragon Department Store to bring avid watch connoisseurs the ‘Siam Paragon Watch Expo 2020’. Taking place in Siam Paragon’s Hall of Fame, Main Hall, Watch Galleria on M floor, and the Fashion Hall and Fashion Gallery on the first floor, the event is held under a theme of “The Legacy of Timepieces”, and brings together over 180 different brands, who will be showcasing their 2020 collections for the first time.
With so many options, it can be an ordeal to decide on where to start. Which is why we’ve compiled an extensive list of the highlight timepieces avid collectors cannot miss, including Franck Muller’s Vanguard 7 Days Power Reserve Skeleton, Breitling’s Chronomat, Zenith’s Defy Classic, and more.
Franck Muller Vanguard 7 Days Power Reserve Skeleton
Strongly maintaining the Franck Muller DNA, the newly born Vanguard 7 days power reserve comes with stunningly open-worked bridges, especially designed for wearers to admire the in-house crafted mechanism in all its entirety. Franck Muller lovers will also be happy to see the unique body design, with sports attributes that nod to the signature styles of the Vanguard collection.
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Full Pavé
Daring and brilliant, the Hublot Titanium Full Pavé offers both precision and reliability, with a HUB1710 caliber that beats at a frequency of 4Hz, and provides the watch with a 50-hour power reserve. A date complements the hour, minute, and second hands at 3 o’clock, standing out despite the automatic winding system. In terms of materiality, titanium is used extensively, offering resistance and a weightlessness that embodies Hublot’s classic meets contemporary philosophy — when polished, the high-quality grade 5 titanium retains a slightly bluish sheen.
Breitling Chronomat Bo1 42
Back in 1984, when extra-thin quartz timepieces were all the rage, Breitling decided to place its cards on an impressive mechanical watch — one that ultimately came out victorious and became an icon of its era. Fast-forward to now, and the Chronomat has been redesigned to appeal to today’s generation. The result is a truly all-purpose sports timepiece — one that belongs just as much at an evening soiree, as it does the beach. A Rouleaux alludes to the watchmakers modern-retro style, while the signature rotating bezel with rider tabs makes bezel manipulation much more convenient. Each chronograph is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, which delivers a power reserve of around 70 hours.
Graham Chronofighter Oversize Black Arrow
A sport chronograph watch in a steel and black PVD 47mm case, the Graham Chronofighter comes with a black carbon trigger on its left to activate a fast start/stop function. A silkscreen camouflage print is featured on the dial in sand, while the chapter ring comes with a telemetric scale — hours and minutes are in large Arabic numerals, with equally large hands coated in black Super LumiNova. The timepiece is powered by Graham’s G1747 automatic chronograph movement, which delivers an impressive power reserve of around 48 hours.
Zenith Defy Classic
Taking the casual urban elegance to a whole new level, the Defy Classic offers wearers a sleek entry point into the Defy collection. Designed for stylish urbanites, the timepiece subtly combines laid back chic with impressive technical refinement, and wholly reliable performance. A 41mm ultra-light titanium case is fitted with an integrated metal bracelet. Wearers can opt for a strap version with rubber and alligator leather, or even an all-rubber option for full versatility.
NOMOS Club Campus
One of the first Nomos watches designed especially with a bracelet, this has often been referred to as a “Bauhaus watch’, and it isn’t hard to see why. The timepiece stands out through a few stylistic details, from a straightforward case, to striking typography, and a wholesome embodiment of the “form follows function” ideal. There’s a marine black dial, a large date window, and a 42-millimeter diameter — all with generous proportions that makes the watch easily legible, while also highly robust considering its quality of being water resistant to 1000 ft. A reinforced case, sealing, sapphire crystal glass back, and crown protection keeps the Nomos neomatik date caliber safe from shocks.
Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Edition
In celebration of its 60th anniversary milestone, Grand Seiko has released a special watch in honour of the Shizukuishi watch studio — where all Grand Seiko watches are created. The dial is meticulously hand-engraved, drawing inspiration from white birches in the forests that surround Shizukuishi. The 39-mm case comes in a beautiful 18K rose gold, with a hand-wounded cal.9S64, regulated to +5/-3 seconds per day, and a 72-hour power reserve. A highly exclusive limit of 120 timepieces have been produced worldwide, with only one available at the Watch Expo.
Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition
With only 2000 pieces made globally (out of which, only 28 are available in Thailand), the Carysfort Reef limited edition is a timepiece Oris created in support of the Coral Restoration Foundation. The dial comes in a steel case, and shows three different time zones in a 240hour format — hour markers are laser engraved, and the rotating 24-hour bezel in ceramic is in a blue-black split, representing day and night. Straps are available in stainless steel and orange rubber, both options coming complete with clasps. As an added touch, the watches come beautifully packaged in eco-friendly boxes made out of seaweed.
Carl F. Bucherer Heritage Bicompax Annual
Inspired by a BiCompax chronograph from 1956, the Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Limited Edition watch comes complete with a vintage-style crystal dome made from sapphire crystal. Avid collectors will recognise the anti-reflective coating on both sides, an element that has become rather signature to all Carl F. Bucherer watches. As an added touch, the timepiece comes with a stopwatch function, and the watch itself is powered by an automatic movement — the CFB 1972 caliber.
Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture
Responding to increasing demands from collectors, Frederique Constant has unveiled two new sporty and stylish variations on its iconic Flyback Chronograph Manufacture collection. Especially created for the discerning chronograph lover, the entire timepiece is assembled in-house, and is reputed for being incredibly intricate and wholly unique.The standard column wheel is replaced with a star-shaped wheel for a thinner movement — with fewer necessary parts and operations — resulting in a FC-760 calibre that is simpler and smoother, while also significantly more reliable. In these new renditions, the Flyback Chronograph Manufacture is now available in two-toned styling with silver counters. In the first version, a chocolate-hued dial forms a backdrop for three counters, and a 42-mm rose-gold case. In the second design, a blue dial is complemented by a stainless-steel case — both are incredibly contemporary and dynamic, with luminous hands and alligator straps.