We Asked Watch Enthusiasts for their Top Picks

From Watches and Wonders


Picture this: convention, a trade show of sorts, but instead of the hustle and bustle of such events, every stand features the most luxurious, high-tech and experiential discovery filled with installations, unique creations, and dreamy storytelling. That’s exactly what this year’s Watches and Wonders was like. 

In a world where easiness, quickness, and simple concepts prevail, here, for a week, complication and craftsmanship were the most treasured values. Beyond time, the Geneva-held event was a celebration of all the artisans and engineers tasked with making a small object as intricate and evocative as can be.

A visit at the Van Cleef and Arpel’s space displaying incredibly complicated mechanical automates, clinically hand painted with materials as fragile as egg shells and precious stones was nothing short of enchanting. Montblanc brought mountaineer and Netflix star of 14 Peaks Nirmal Purja, IWC had huge container installations celebrating their new Top Gun edition Pilot watch, Panerai created an underwater world. Chopard had an out of this world experience room with a 360 degrees projection a sound experience to match. 

One cannot go to such events and not imagine a virtual shopping spree; this is why we asked friends of MILLE and watch lovers to pick their top picks from the salon. 

Charif Ben Romdane, Collector

Vacheron Constantin – Historiques 222

Historiques 222

“Reissue of an iconic model and full gold. Elegant and timeless.”

Vacheron ConstantinOverseas Tourbillon Skeleton

“This overseas in a skeleton version is very sexy. I find the Overseas quite boring compared to the Patek Philippe Nautilus or the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak but this version in rose gold and skeleton looks very special.”

Patek Philippe – Annual Calendar Moon Phases

Annual Calendar Moon Phases

“The best watch of Watches and Wonders according to me is the Annual calendar: iconic Patek Philippe mechanism, the rose gold and green olive dial and strap. It will become iconic.”

Patek Philippe – Chronograph

“The calendar perpetual salmon dial is a very complete time piece as it is also a chronograph. Now that Patek Philippe discontinued its 5270P with salmon dial, this piece can become iconic.”

IWC – Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition

Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 TOP GUN Ceratanium® - SD

“The new version of the IWC pilot is so far a fantastic commercial success. Young, affordable, robust. This watch is very complete.”

Whitney Robinson, Magazine Editor and Real Estate Developer

Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222

“One cannot go wrong with a solid gold “jumbo” classic Vacheron Constantin. Timeless, board room to the ball room.”

Piaget -Limelight Gala Precious


“A watch that looks like an event. Dazzling in its use of hard and faceted stones and graduated color. A showstopper.”

Jeager Lecoultre- Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185


“If a reverso couldn’t get any better, this model is like a science project for NASA on your wrist with the classic form we all revere (no pun intended).”

Cartier- Tank Must

cartier tank

“Dream watch. Understated, elegant, direct, dare I say handsome?”

Patek Philippe – Calatrava


“Patek goes fashion with the use of an unusual bezel that looks like the facet of the moon. Perfect for passing onto the next generation of explorers.”

Noora and Mouza AlShamsi, Ibento Designs

Cartier – Coussin de Cartier


“This new Cartier design is a timeless beauty.”

Cartier – Tank Louis Cartier


“Perfect for every occasion.”

Van Cleef & Arpels – Lady Arpels Heures Florales Cerisier

Lady Arpels

“This is a true art piece, a feast for the eyes.”

Mohammed Hijazi, Art Collector

Hermes – Arceau Le Temps Voyageur


“Hermes offers us a masterful combination of watch complication and elegant aesthetics. Perfect for people who switch between time zones like myself.”

Hublot – Big Bang Integral Ceramic

Big Bang watch

“The sleek design and beige color of this piece makes it an easy choice for everyday wear. Monobloc, monomaterial, monochrome.”

Montblanc – 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date

“As a mountaineer myself I love the inspiration of this dial, it looks like the layers of ice on a glacier and the cracks and frost effect are great.”

Cartier- Crash Métiers d’Art

Watch cartier

“This is not a watch, it is an object of art, the Crash is my all-time favorite design from Cartier.”

Chopard – L.U.C Full Strike Sapphire


“The L.U.C Full Strike Sapphire features a translucent sapphire case, I love this mix of innovation and classic design.“

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