Timepiece Spotlight: Pocket Watches


Before World War I, the pocket watch was the height of sophistication and class during its time. It was not until the war that wristwatches were created as an easier alternative to pocket watches, as they were less likely to fall off during combat and did not have a long chain that could get tangled or caught.

But for the first time since the early 1900’s we are seeing a resurgence of the pocket watch. Timepiece creators have merged the timeless elegance of traditional pocket watches with today’s ingenuity and style, recreating a once beloved accessory. Whether you prefer more traditional styles or complicated ones, these are some of the most popular and inspiring pocket watches for the 21st century man.

The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Horses Trio 1911

With three horses intricately engraved into the back, the Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch is inspired by Longines' love for equestrian sports. The piece is cased in 18 karat pink gold and made of an entirely scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass surface. Unlike most wristwatches, it features a seconds hand at the six o'clock hour. This is the only pocket watch Longines currently has on the market and was produced in limited quantities.

Patek Philippe Lepine Pocket Watch 972/1J-010

Known as the more complicated of the Lepine Pocket Watch pair, the 972/1J-010 features both a seconds hand and power reserve indicator on its 44 mm diameter face. The piece is cased in yellow gold and has a clean, smooth back. The 972/1J-010 is just one of four pocket watches created by Patek Philippe.

Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watch 110 Years Edition

As a celebration of their 110 year anniversary the Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watch honors Montblanc’s past history while maintaining its unique and forward thinking craftsmanship. The three-dimensional, engraved globes depicting the continents, longitude and latitude lines, seas and oceans. The piece features a 281 hand wound parts, a one-minute tourbillon, world time, and triple time zone indications. Paying homage to the year the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret opened, 1858, only eight pieces were created.

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