Watchonista’s Top Five Favorite Macro Photographs

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Let’s take a closer look at some of our favorite macro photographs of watches released in 2019!

By Liam O'Donnell

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-thin

How thin is ultra-thin? Well, there’s no official standard. But this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-thin (read HERE) certainly measures up. With a 6.3mm thickness, you’ll almost forget it’s on your wrist.

At first glance, you see the octagonal case and satin-brushed geometric bracelet and think, oh, it’s a Royal Oak. But once you get closer, you realize it’s not just any Royal Oak – this ultra-thin titanium marvel will astound you with its featherlight weight. The mesmerizing blue satin-brushed dial with white gold hour markers gives the dial excellent legibility. Keep this leap-year counting automatic watch on your wrist, and you may possibly never need another watch after this one.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-thin

This blue and pink gold perpetual calendar is really something to behold. The reference pictured below has a cream-colored dial with a sunburst finish and accents of blue for the numerals, moon phase, and leap year indication.

It’s currently available currently in four models: three in pink gold and one in white gold with either a white, blue, or grey dial.

What I find most unusual is the way this watch displays leap years. The sub-dial at 12 o’clock, displaying the months of the year, completes one revolution every four years.

So each quarter is one year, with the leap year being marked in blue. Love, or hate, the leap year indicator, this watch packs a punch!

Chopard Alpine Eagle

You only need to find a few watch forums and article comment threads to see that the Chopard Alpine Eagle (read HERE) is a polarizing watch. Personally, I think it’s an excellent addition to Chopard’s sports line up, and it has the history to stand its ground.

The Chopard St. Moritz was originally released in 1980 before stainless steel sports watches were as popular as they are today. The Alpine Eagle is available in two sizes, 41mm and 36mm, with a multitude of variations for each. Whether you’d prefer no date or a gem-set bezel, there’s something for everyone. 

My favorite aspect of this watch is the whirlpool-like grain converging at the center column of the hands. The light catches the ridges beautifully as they swirl inwards.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Anniversary Limited Series in Moonshine Gold

Everyone should own a Speedmaster at least once – why not make it solid gold? Enter the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 11 "50th Anniversary" in Moonshine Gold (read HERE).

Sometimes it may be hard to choose the right Speedmaster, especially when there is already a slew of Moon watches out there to choose from, but this gold beauty of a Moonshine really stands out from the rest. The face of this iconic watch features a burgundy bezel, onyx hour markers, and a black varnished chronograph hand with a vertically-brushed Moonshine gold dial.

This commemorative piece is a re-creation of the Speedmaster BA145.0220 and was gifted in celebration to the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 after the first Moon landing. It was also given to other notable people involved with the mission, such as President Nixon, Vice President Spiro Agnew, and other NASA astronauts.

Tudor Black Bay Chronograph Steel And Gold

The 1980s are back in a big way! And the new Tudor Black Bay Chronograph Steel and Gold (read HERE) makes no apologies for its new look – steel and gold are here to stay.

Look hard enough, and you may see a striking resemblance to the Daytona ref. 6241 "Paul Newman” Cosmograph Daytona "John Player Special.” Curiously this chronograph uses a Breitling movement that Tudor then upgraded with a free-sprung adjustable mass balance, and a non-magnetic silicon balance spring. What I love most about this watch is the gold print on the black gilt dial, which is further brought out by the two gold sub-dials. This Black Bay measures in at 41mm and is available on a two-tone strap bracelet, bund strap, or fabric strap.

(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)

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