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Swiss watch-show debuts from Cartier, Panerai, Breitling and other leading makers offer new options for stylish timekeeping—for him and for her.


Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio
New for the Geneva watch show this year in a classic white face, this version of the 42 mm Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio draws a straight line to the original 1940 timepiece that was its inspiration. Pure in its heritage and intention, with a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and a vintage leather strap, the white face iteration is also one of the most legible versions of the watch.

Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio timepiece, $10,000, at Marshall Pierce, 312.642.4299

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Breitling Avenger Hurricane
With its beefy 50 mm case, all-black with yellow execution and unique 24-hour dial, and rendered in an ultralightweight polymer dubbed Breitlight, the new Breitling Avenger Hurricane is as much about rugged good looks and military-grade appeal as it is about its new COSC-certified Caliber B12 chronograph movement. Legible, accurate, durable and undeniably statement-making.

Avenger Hurricane timepiece, $8,390, by Breitling at Razny Jewelers, Hinsdale, 630.455.1900

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph
Debuted at the Geneva watch show and created as a lustworthy timepiece exclusively for Audemars Piguet boutiques, the Le Brassus, Switzerland-based maker’s fun and funky but eminently functional, 42 mm steel Royal Oak Offshore diver chronograph now comes in a rainbow of bold color combinations: deep blue with yellow details, yellow and black, and bright orange and black. Certified to depths of up to 1,000 feet, it is as ruggedly dive-serious as it is fun to wear.

Royal Oak Offshore diver chronograph, $27,900, at

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Harry Winston Premier Precious Weaving Automatic 36 mm
Harry Winston started its Premier Collection in 1989 for the sole purpose of bringing unique artistic techniques and crafts to watchmaking. For this year, a rare Japanese Raden hand-weaving tradition is explored on the faces of four 36 mm watches. Gold and silk threads are combined with slivers of mother-of-pearl to create a shimmering, kaleidoscopic surface. This rose gold iteration uses the Japanese Imperial theme of a chrysanthemum to showcase the technique beautifully and stylishly, along with 2.47 carats of brilliant-cut diamonds, and is limited to 30 pieces of each of the four variations.

Premier Precious Weaving automatic 36 mm timepiece, price upon request, at Harry Winston, 312.705.1820

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Longines Equestrian
Longines has enjoyed more than a centurylong passion and partnership with equine sports. For the Baselworld show, the company expanded its Equestrian Collection with sleek new models inspired by the rectangular bridle buckles of Swiss-bred Franches-Montagnes horses. Celebrating both riders and their mounts, this 26 mm stainless steel quartz version features a sapphire crystal with several layers of antireflective coating and a case set with 57 Wesselton VVS diamonds, totaling .262 carats. 

Equestrian timepiece, $2,850, by Longines at Bloomingdale’s, 312.440.4460

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Cartier Hypnose
Jewelry watches with a swirling hypnotic fascination, Cartier’s new line of Hypnose timepieces play with visual lines and the power of illusion, expertly melding asymmetric oval forms with glittering diamonds in multiple styles. But it’s the medium 18K pink gold version with a classic Cartier face that strikes the perfect balance between watchmaking superiority and bejeweled elegance. Both oval bezels are set with brilliant-cut diamonds, with the outer bezel set with stones of varying sizes to enhance the mesmerizing effect.

Hypnose medium model timepiece with 18K rose gold, diamonds and leather strap, $38,100, at Cartier, 312.266.7440

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Each year the Swiss watch shows offer the top timepiece makers a global forum to present their fine handiwork, numbering literally hundreds of fascinating new models for watch aficionados. Here are a few of our favorites.