Old friends are better

17.08.2017
What can leading manufacturers oppose the wholesale demand for vintage watches? Of course, reissues of the most requested models from their own archive. Why chase a used legend, if in a nearby boutique its full successor, a brand new one, but not lost the charm of previous times is already waiting for you?

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN


A half a century chain of external transformations of Daytona model is a rare example of evolution without disruption. Whatever changes the great conservatives of Rolex may do on the dial or the color display, it is practically impossible not to recognize a living legend in a 40-millimetre case. This time it comes with a shining black bezel of the proprietary Cerachrom material based on ceramics with platinum PDV coating and indestructible automatic caliber 4130. Nevertheless, in fact, we have still the same watch, appropriate in any situation in any era.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Yellow Gold reference 26574BA


A triumphant return of yellow gold needed a good enough reason and another reissue of the 1970s legend could not have come at a better time. Polished surfaces, cants of the bracelet, case and bezel, a photorealistic moon disc with laser engraving – the attention of Audemars Piguet specialists to details is able to enthrall even the most experienced collector. Automatic caliber AP 2120, in turn, can boast of a new feature for perpetual calendars of the brand – an additional indicator that counts down the week number of the year.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5524


A rare example of the pilots from the Manufacture. Large, contrast display ensures excellent legibility on a dark blue background and gives the design an extra touch of masculinity. Still torn between military aesthetics and respectability the company's specialists as always make a choice in favor of the latter. A 42-millimeter case made of white gold, an automatic caliber 324 SC FUS with second time zone function is carefully decorated, and instead of the simple date window owners get a luxury small dial with a separate hand.