Bulgari, Chopard, Cartier… Here’s a list of iconic watches that are celebrating their anniversary this year.

11:00 pm, August 31, 2022

Octo Bulgari

The first Octo watch in 2012 is in steel on an alligator strap*.

It was in Rome in July 2012 that the Octo was born. The well-designed case, whether round or not, draws an octagon and shows the incomparable Italian style, while the mechanical caliber marks Swiss quality. Métis has been honored by the industry, which has awarded him around 60 international awards. Next to the original Octo, there is the Octo Roma, softer, more rounded, and the Octo Finissimo, which reinterprets the codes through new complications and finesse notes. Eight to eight years about calibers from automatic with small seconds to tourbillon movements and minute repeaters, chronographs, perpetual calendars … The Octo lives up to its name, the eight becomes a number Lucky for Jean-Christophe Babin, director of Bulgari: “The Octo guarantees that Bulgari will always be seen as a brand that has written one of the most prestigious pages in watchmaking. »

Louis Vuitton box

Tambour Street Diver in steel and blue PVD steel, 44 mm, blue dial, automatic movement, adjustable bracelet. €6,120.

It is the first house watch and flagship of Louis Vuitton. Released in 2002, Tambour has established itself as the representative of the famous garbage manufacturer. The box as a box, Monogram as a decorative motif, 12 Louis Vuitton letters engraved on the side of the case… The art of travel runs its roots through the works in dedicated to walking (representation of a second time) , diving (water tank. ), sports (chronograph). Known for its high volume and all the parts inspired by the shape of the box, it has no equal on the market and continues to be popular. Female or male, beautiful, small, thin, avant-garde or classic, it comes in all shapes and clearly offers different mechanics. Its movements are powered by La Fabrique du temps, Vuitton’s own caliber. Among this summer’s must-haves, the Tambour Street Diver is a bestseller, a dive watch equipped with an internal screw-down bezel to count when complete decompression is complete.

LUC Chopard

The first LUC watch, the 1860 in yellow gold, was launched a year after the creation of the Chopard * creation.

Twenty-five years ago, Chopard was not content with making a successful watch, but a real watch factory, a unit that could make its own mechanical movements in-house from A to Z, and with the necessary equipment. The goal of Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the president of Chopard, is to give independence and legitimacy to his brand. LUC is a tribute to Louis-Ulysse Chopard, who founded in 1860 the house of the same name. The name now covers the calibers that drive LUC watches, starting with the LUC 1860, released in 1997 and powered by the LUC 1.96 caliber. Yellow gold is usually thinner. Many models followed, made exclusively in ethical gold from 2018, covering all the functions and appeals of a fine watch. On display here is one of the 2022 LUC vintages, the Strike One, whose LUC 96.32-L caliber can beat the hours.

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First Chanel

The first is in yellow gold PVD steel, 26.1 × 20 mm, black lacquered dial, quartz movement, strap attached with a leather strap. €5,100.

It was he who launched Chanel into the world of watchmaking with its unique style inspired by the No 5 perfume bottle. We are in 1987, the first watch was born with a double C. Première just baptized , women only, dialed by Ines de la Fressange, which displays the house’s codes loud and clear: the dial recalls the octagonal and beveled glass case of the No 5, the chain of the links and the leather of the bracelets reinforced by. chain of quilted bags. All in a gold and black atmosphere. In particular, it is a real women’s watch, not a reduction of a men’s watch. Chanel took the opportunity to open her first watch store on Avenue Montaigne in Paris. It’s a crazy idea because, at that time, this one model was given, found in three directions. Victory is on the way. As a birthday, the Première is getting a direct edition of the model. Why change what is so popular?

Royal Oak Audemars Piguet

Royal Oak 50 years in steel, 37 mm, Nuage 50 dial, automatic movement, steel bracelet. €23,300.

The symbol of the craze of the 1970s, the Royal Oak was born on April 15, 1972. Designed overnight by the famous designer Gérald Genta, its steel case has an octagonal bezel framed by Her bracelet is made of stainless steel. Driven by a thin different caliber, it creates the feeling of sport chic. The Royal Oak is as good for dinner out on the town as it is for a game of tennis. The first luxury watch in steel, and the most expensive, has changed, with 220 different references. Today, Audemars Piguet has released 50,000 Royal Oaks. If its price is around 20,000 euros, collectors will see their prices explode in sales. The famous A series reference 5402 from 1972 cannot be had for less than 200,000 euros! There is no question of getting the story without proof. To prevent counterfeiting, Audemars Piguet has engraved a serial number on the caseback of each of its Royal Oaks.

Tank Chinoise Cartier

Tank Chinoise in yellow gold, 39.5 × 29.2 mm, guilloché sunburst dial, hand-wound movement, alligator strap. Limited edition of 150 pieces. €29,100.

Among the most famous Cartier watches, the Tank, designed by Louis Cartier in 1917, was inspired by an Allied tank seen from above. The seats are for the tracks, the box is for the cockpit. The Tank has been enriched with elements from distant cultures, such as the design of the portico of the Chinese temple for the case in 1922. The vertical sides are opposed to the two sides that flow slightly. Clean lines, perfect proportions, just the right style for a unique watch. For the century, six new Tank Chinoise are available: three sober concepts with two center hands in platinum gold, yellow or red; three wonders in yellow gold, platinum or platinum set with diamonds that open like Chinese windows revealing cogs. Six properties are reviving the interest of collectors in the old Tank Chinoise, whose price at the sale is 30,000 euros.

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