From day one in the life of the Drive we have stainless steel and rose gold editions, with white, grey, or black dials in three versions: hours and minutes only, a second time zone and day/night indicator, and a flying tourbillon.
The rose gold iterations are shown here, with the white dial and brown leather strap making for an elegant match with the Roman numerals and vintage styling. There is only a marginal price difference between the hours and minutes model and its big brother with two additional indications; some may prefer the simplicity of the former as the latter’s dial is undeniably busy. It is with the high-end Flying Tourbillon that the Drive truly finds its groove, picking up a prestigious Poinçon de Genève certification for its aesthetic detailing.
Graff is a comparatively niche player in the watch market, yet it too played a strong card this year. The release of its Vendôme collection celebrates the launch of a stunning new Graff boutique on Paris’s prestigious Place Vendôme, arguably the most desirable address in the luxury industry.
The collection, which takes its design cues from the shape of the iconic landmark is available in both men’s and women’s ranges, in white or rose gold, with blue, black, or brown dials. Our attention was immediately drawn to the more colourful iterations set with sapphires, emeralds, and rubies.
At 30mm for ladies, these bright and cheerful yet high-end timepieces stand apart from the more sober diamond versions. Powered by a quartz battery and displaying just hours and minutes, each precious stone variation is paired with a matching alligator leather strap. Jaeger-LeCoultre also played the colour card this year, but in a very different way, working alongside eclectic French designer Christian Louboutin to create a commemorative edition of the iconic Reverso
watch for the brand’s 85th anniversary. An unlikely pairing in many ways but, it turns out, a clever one.