Time and time again: the modernisation of classic timepieces

Words by
Sphere Life

9th May 2018

Drawing inspiration from archival models, watch brands have reinvented classic timepieces for the modern wearer. Sphere takes a closer look for our spring watch shoot

Once again, what's old is new in horology. Taking a step back from the highly complicated aesthetics of modern timepieces, this season watchmakers are turning back to classic models and reinventing their pared-back looks with more advanced movements.


Photographs: Mitch Payne

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec, £3,480, montblanc.com

IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 years”, £20,500, iwc.com

Vacheron & Cartier

Vacheron Constantin FIFTYSIX self-winding, £10,500, vacheron-constantin.com

Cartier Santos de Cartier Galbée, £5,500, cartier.co.uk

Parmigiani Fleurier

Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpagraphe chronographe, £29,900, parmigiani.com 

Patek Philippe & Autavia

TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02, £4,150, tagheuer.com 

Patek Philippe 5168G-001 Aquanaut self-winding, £29,520, patek.com


Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Polaris, £11,300, jaeger-lecoultre.com