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Beyond just serving as the interface between watch and wrist, integrated bracelets anchor their watches’ designs with their regular, repeating links, which seem to extend seamlessly from the case to create a cohesive whole
What are integrated bracelets? Any definition is nebulous at best, not unlike the category of luxury sports watches that many timepieces fitted with them also belong to — coincidentally, by the way. Integrated bracelets do share some common characteristics though. For a start, timepieces with them usually cannot be fitted with aftermarket straps or bracelets, as their lugs are simply incompatible with typical straps that have straight springbars at their ends. This is related to a second point: integrated bracelets are always the result of deliberate design choices. The result of doing so is a highly cohesive design language where the bracelet blends seamlessly into the case, which proves that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.
Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo Automatic 10th Anniversary celebrates a decade of the Octo line, which has broken eight records in ultra-thin watchmaking. The original Octo Finissimo Automatic first released in 2017 was one of them.
H. Moser & Cie’s penchant for using Vantablack — one of the darkest materials in the world — continues with the Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack. The timepiece juxtaposes traditional haute horlogerie with a cutting-edge material and modern aesthetic.
First unveiled in 2019, the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus was the brand’s first serially-produced steel watch. The Odysseus in titanium here takes things even further, albeit in a limited run of just 250 pieces.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus was among the first generation of luxury sports watches that emerged in the 1970s. Today, it’s a fully-fledged collection with myriad models and complications, such as this Nautilus Ref. 5990/1A-011.
Chopard’s Alpine Eagle line proffers the brand’s interpretation of sporty chic, which speaks a design language versatile enough to include high complications, such as the eponymous Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon here.
The Royal Oak has a storied history and forms a key pillar in Audemars Piguet’s line-up today. The collection’s timepieces run the gamut from high complications to exercises in simplicity like this Royal Oak Selfwinding in pink gold.
Piaget’s Polo Skeleton offers green details in the most unexpected places: its main plate, bridges and dial flange. The treatment doesn’t just create a bold look, but also draws attention to the brand’s classical approach to skeletonisation.
The new Constellation in 28mm sees Omega further expanding the perennially popular line to suit an even wider range of wrist sizes — with new colours to boot. Meanwhile, diamonds and white gold dial elements keep the watch fashionably luxurious.
The BR 05 Sincere Green Steel is a special edition that celebrates the partnership between Bell & Ross and Sincere Fine Watches Singapore, but does so in a classy, understated way that’s only recognisable to those in the know.