Everything old is new again. Or at least that seems to be the trend as of late in the watchmaking industry, which has recently turned out a slew of vintage-inspired models updated for contemporary sensibilities. The following are 6 of our favorite retro-style luxury watches for men that put a modern spin on styles that, like the allure of the islands, are timeless.
Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire
Although its tonneau-shaped case lends the Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire a healthy dash of Art Deco charm, its oversize teardrop lugs and contemporary numerals leave no room for mistaking the piece for a vintage reissue. And for those who sneak a closer look, its meticulously balanced, guilloche-engraved dial is sure to evoke envy.
De Grisogono New Retro
Inspired by the fashion of the 1950s, De Grisogono’s New Retro collection establishes its vintage design vernacular with a classic color palate (one variation even features a slight green, patina-like tint), large rectangular case and minimalist dial. The bold watch will certainly make a statement at formal evening events, but it can also be dressed down for more casual occasions.
Drive de Cartier
With an aesthetic as iconic as Cartier’s, the company could be forgiven for sticking with what works. However, as evidenced by the introduction of the Drive de Cartier line, the watchmakers are committed to evolving the look while staying close to its roots. Along with classic Cartier features, the collection also offers refreshing modern touches.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
Like any megastar its age, the legendary Rolex Oyster Daytona (originally introduced in 1963) needs a facelift from time to time. Enter the new Daytona, which combines the classic design of its forbears with a bezel made from proprietary cutting-edge Cerachrom ceramic, a material with remarkable resistance to scratches, corrosion and even sun damage.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC
No need to be stuck on island time. The new Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC keeps frequent travelers on track with a simple-to-operate world timer function housed within the round 1960s-style case characteristic of the 1966 collection. The watch’s opaline dial is mercifully uncluttered, helping ensure legibility – even after a few daiquiris.
Based on one of the brand’s models from the 1950s, the Breitling Chronoliner features a retro two-tone dial paired with a high-tech, scratch-resistant ceramic dial. And while the chronograph’s design carries the hallmarks of Breitling’s aviation heritage, it will look right at home being shown off on terra firma.