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Familiar watch materials get a fresh spin

Because gold doesn’t have to be old.

Sometimes, a watch doesn’t need to have 50 patents and space-age or -sourced materials to turn heads. Some of the most eye-catching this year are new takes on familiar materials that boast altered colours and properties because innovation can just be as impressive on the surface.

  • Luxury Watches Hermes


    Reportedly 200 times stronger than steel and 1,000 times lighter than paper, graphene is touted as the next big thing in material science. While the most popular example in watchmaking is Richard Mille’s RM 50-03, the world’s lightest split-seconds chronograph tourbillon at just 40g, Hermes offers an accessible option in its new H08 men’s collection. Of the three debut models, one features a middle case of graphene composite with a ceramic bezel. Its black and grey theme makes it suitably futuristic. Inside, however, is a traditional H1837 movement with twin barrels and a 50-hour power reserve.


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