No More Bets! Five Unmissable Watches From COUTUREtime
After a whirlwind trip to COUTUREtime in Las Vegas, we take a look back at the watches that were worth placing our chips on.
It's that time of the year again! When brands, retailers, and journalists travel to Las Vegas either showcase their latest novelties or to finally experience the newness in the metal. The Wynn Las Vegas makes for the perfect setting for this show. With its luxury ambiance and excellent service, the Wynn has become an excellent venue for COUTUREtime. For my second year at the show, I decided to take a look at five standout watches.
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 36mm
There is no secret that we have a soft spot for Oris at Watchonista. The Swiss brand always impresses with high quality and original timepieces for more than reasonable prices. This year, the piece that caught my eye was the new Oris Big Crown Pointer Date in 36mm.
The Big Crown was first introduced as a Pilot’s watch in 1938. Since then, it has become one of Oris' signature designs. Technically, the new Big Crown Pointer Date is not a Pilot's watch. But the design is inspired by Pilots of the past with a big crown to help pilots adjust their watches while wearing gloves. I cannot help but think this could be a perfect watch for the lady pilots out there that don’t necessarily need a 44mm watch which impedes control of their aircraft. Yet, the watch would still look elegant and most importantly, efficient.
This Oris Pilot Big Crown has a deep matte blue dial that makes the golden minute wheel and large white numerals stand out. The date is displayed with the third hand at the edge of the dial, making it discreet and leaving the gorgeous dial complete. With a 36mm steel case featuring a bronze bezel which is sure to gain a lovely patina with use, this timepiece has the perfect vintage vibe for your wrist.
Rado Golden Horse Limited Edition
Rado is a brand that likes to innovate with materials yet remain accessibly priced for the broader public. This particular timepiece is a re-edition of the famous 1957 waterproof model that was at the time already quite a step forward design-wise for the era. Part of Rado’s Tradition line, the new Golden Horse is a welcome colorful throwback.
Anyone that knows me knows that I have an obsession for the color red. So I think we can say it was love at first sight. The red and black gradient on the sunray dial playfully changes color with the light. In the center at six o’clock, two applied golden sea horses. I couldn’t take my eyes off this 37mm automatic watch.
Bell & Ross Bronze Diver BR-03-92 Diver Green Bronze
Bell & Ross has always been a brand that’s fascinated me. Their unusual designs and their use of different case materials like sapphire combine for legitimacy not seen at their price point.
At COUTUREtime, the limited edition BR 03-92 Diver green bronze was a stunner and seemed to fit perfectly with the Vegas vibe. The combination of the olive green with the Bronze made it a perfect match. Inspired by military camouflage, the color had a certain elegance to it thanks to the matte green dial. On the wrist, it looked ready to take a plunge into the pool or on an aquatic adventure. One thing for sure, I cannot wait to see the bronze case patina after a few dives. Awesomeness guaranteed for $3,990
Zenith Defy Inventor
First introduced in 2017, The Defy Lab revolutionized the watchmaking world with the introduction of a new monolithic oscillator made out of Silicon. The Defy Inventor, unlike its predecessor, the Defy Lab, which was mostly a concept watch limited to 10 pieces. The Defy Inventor will be produced in higher quantities.
The 44mm titanium case pairs nicely with a uniquely textured 'Aeronith’ bezel which gives the timepiece a robust, yet futuristic look. The real surprise is on the blue open worked dial where we can see a colossal oscillator made out of Silicon in full action. You will be mesmerized, and for $17,800, it's an excellent price for a gorgeous piece of horological innovation.
Tudor Black Bay Bronze slate grey dial
Tudor has found its bread and butter design! The Black Bay case is now a favorite among collectors so much so that it is getting harder by the day to find one in any declination. This case design is modern and comfortable on the wrist, meant to appeal to a younger crowd.
Since the launch of their first Bronze timepiece, Tudor has enjoyed continued success with their Bronze models. Owning one myself, I love how the bronze colored case changed with the use and atmosphere, making every timepiece unique with age.
This year, Tudor launched a slate grey edition. The 43mm bronze case is a perfect match to the slate grey dial. Combined with their iconic Nato straps, made from a family business in the South of France, we can assure you this is the perfect summer beach watch.
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)