Photographer: Jarren Vink/Bloomberg Business
Photographer: Jarren Vink/Bloomberg Business

Grit and Glitter: 10 Ultra-Lux Watches That Are New York Tough

Wristwatches don't exist in a bubble. A great one is on your wrist everywhere you go, from the boardroom to a battered subway car. We took some of the most superlative watches we could find and pitted them against New York's most brutal textures. To a timepiece, they shine in any context. Photographs by Jarren Vink/Bloomberg Business
Hublot Aerofusion Moonphase King Gold
Hublot Aerofusion Moonphase King Gold

Built from Hublot's proprietary gold/platinum alloy, the Aerofusion has a full calendar and lets you see the mechanism at work with almost no dial at all. It's where technical meets beautiful. $34,800

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Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Camélia Lesage
Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Camélia Lesage

Gold sequins and pearls are stitched to the dial with silk thread on the face of this designer beauty and framed with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds. And, oh yeah, it tells time too. $44,000

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Nomos Glashütte Lambda Deep Blue
Nomos Glashütte Lambda Deep Blue

The oversize power reserve dial at 12 o'clock on this midnight-blue Nomos counts down the 84 hours you get from the highly finished movement lurking underneath. $20,000

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon

The phases of the moon are displayed by a mother-of-pearl disc that glides across a blue guilloché star chart, all framed by more than 200 diamonds and whimsical numerals. $44,100

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Rolex Day-Date 40 Platinum
Rolex Day-Date 40 Platinum

This is one of the most superlative Rolexes in years. A classic Day-Date complication and an icy-blue dial are paired with a hidden-clasp President bracelet and 40mm case, both 100 percent platinum. Serious business indeed. $62,500

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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Squelette
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Squelette

If you look past the diamond bezel, you can see right through the Tonda's translucent dial and into the microrotor movement underneath. It's an elegant take on a typically ornate style. $42,500

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F.P. Journe Chronomètre Souverain
F.P. Journe Chronomètre Souverain

The most classic F.P. Journe gets a serious update with an engraved gold dial that contrasts a soft frosted ground against the sharp, polished numerals and inset subdials. $38,800

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Vacheron Constantin Florilège White Lily
Vacheron Constantin Florilège White Lily

As if making a mechanical watch movement wasn't difficult enough, Vacheron Constantin's artisans have crafted a lily motif enamel dial and a gem-set case all under one roof in Geneva. $142,100

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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Dual Time
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Dual Time

You can easily adjust the Saxonia's gold hands forward and backward to track a second time zone by simply pressing the buttons on the left, while the blue hands stay on home time. Now go get that plane ticket. $30,800

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Jaquet Droz Éclipse Aventurine
Jaquet Droz Éclipse Aventurine

The solid aventurine dial naturally mimics the night sky and acts as a perfect backdrop for the unusual paddle-based moonphase display and lithe, silvery hands. This is one you can stare at for hours. $22,900

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