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Cool Calendars

Cool Calendars

Counting down some of the best calendar timepieces to have hit the market

Calendar watches and specifically, the perpetual calendar are considered one of the most complex high complications in watchmaking. Considered the height of haute horlogerie, the perpetual calendar was first invented by Thomas Mudge in 1762 and placed within a pocket watch. However, it would take nearly two centuries for the technology to be adapted into a wrist watch.

Today although widely available, it still remains one of the most difficult movements to produce, often requiring skilled watchmakers months at a time to assemble and perfect. For watch collectors and aficionados, calendar watches remain one of the most sought after and coveted timepieces around as it exemplifies mechanical watchmaking at its very best. These beautiful timekeepers embody that sentiment impeccably.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar

One glance at the Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar and you immediately know it’s special. The watchmakers at Baume & Mercier have now incorporated a perpetual calendar into the Baumatic movement. The result of this is results in a highly-accurate timepiece with a lengthy five-day power reserve. Best of all it is also boasts anti-magnetic properties and an exceptionally long service interval as well. Presented in a 42mm 18k red gold case, the timepiece is equipped with a perpetual calendar with month, date, day of the week and a leap year indicator as well as a moonphase located at the six o’clock position.

Montblanc Star Legacy Full Calendar

With a 42mm polished stainless steel case and features such as a pointer date, a guilloche inner-dial, a moon phase, and apertures for the day and month, the Star Legacy Full Calendar certainly packs in a lot. It is also features an eye catching design, which is further accentuated with design codes drawn from the Star Legacy collection such as Arabic numerals, a traditional railway minuterie and the iconic Montblanc exploding star set within a guilloché pattern. Its silvery-white colour pairs beautifully with the blue Sfumato alligator leather, which lends the timepiece a classic yet sophisticated look that is second to none.

IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar

With its 42mm 18-carat red gold case, the Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph epitomises some of the best qualities of the Da Vinci collection. Articulated as well as stylish, the most significant appeal of the timepiece is the in-house made 52610 Calibre, which works the functions of the watch such as the perpetual calendar and the window showing the year in four digits whilst providing an impressive 7-day power reserve. Most impressively, the moon phase display on the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar diverges by just one day in 577.5 years from the actual phase of the moon, which is a remarkable feature in itself.

IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42

The original IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar was first introduced over 15 years ago. At Watches & Wonders, IWC unveiled the latest iteration of the model, this time with Kurt Klaus’s perpetual calendar integrated with an in-house manufactured 82650 caliber. The result of this affords the Perpetual Calendar 42 a slimmer profile, which measures just 13.8mm high, pairing well with the 42.2mm case. Available in pink gold, or stainless steel, the timepiece offers a three sub dial layout at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock, with the leap year indicated by a small aperture within the day display.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar

When it comes to delivering a simple and effective design, the 1966 Full Calendar from Girard-Perregaux is arguably a standout piece. Embodying a straightforward yet classic look, the timepiece features an array of useful complications such as a full calendar displaying the date, day of the week as well as the month and moon phases. A model that follows the design spirit of watches from the 1960s, the timepiece also tributes Girard-Perregaux’s technical advances in the field of chronometry, the 1966 Full Calendar is presented in an immaculate 40mm pink gold case with a slim 10mm profile for optimum comfort and wearability.

Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar

Inspired by a watch from the mid-50s, the Fiftysix Complete Calendar invokes a classic motif within a modern expression, which is highly captivating. The handsome timepiece features a 40mm case made from stainless steel or rose gold along with a classic dial layout graced with a pair of rectangular apertures at 12 o’clock, indicating the month and the day of the week. It also boasts a highly-precise moon phase function that reportedly needs adjusting only once every 122 years. The movement can be fully admired too via the sapphire case back. The entire ensemble is paired with an elegant alligator strap.

Calendar watches and specifically, the perpetual calendar are considered one of the most complex high complications in watchmaking. Considered the height of haute horlogerie, the perpetual calendar was first invented by Thomas Mudge in 1762 and placed within a pocket watch. However, it would take nearly two centuries for the technology to be adapted into a wrist watch.

Today although widely available, it still remains one of the most difficult movements to produce, often requiring skilled watchmakers months at a time to assemble and perfect. For watch collectors and aficionados, calendar watches remain one of the most sought after and coveted timepieces around as it exemplifies mechanical watchmaking at its very best. These beautiful timekeepers embody that sentiment impeccably.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar

One glance at the Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar and you immediately know it’s special. The watchmakers at Baume & Mercier have now incorporated a perpetual calendar into the Baumatic movement. The result of this is results in a highly-accurate timepiece with a lengthy five-day power reserve. Best of all it is also boasts anti-magnetic properties and an exceptionally long service interval as well. Presented in a 42mm 18k red gold case, the timepiece is equipped with a perpetual calendar with month, date, day of the week and a leap year indicator as well as a moonphase located at the six o’clock position.

Montblanc Star Legacy Full Calendar

With a 42mm polished stainless steel case and features such as a pointer date, a guilloche inner-dial, a moon phase, and apertures for the day and month, the Star Legacy Full Calendar certainly packs in a lot. It is also features an eye catching design, which is further accentuated with design codes drawn from the Star Legacy collection such as Arabic numerals, a traditional railway minuterie and the iconic Montblanc exploding star set within a guilloché pattern. Its silvery-white colour pairs beautifully with the blue Sfumato alligator leather, which lends the timepiece a classic yet sophisticated look that is second to none.

IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar

With its 42mm 18-carat red gold case, the Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph epitomises some of the best qualities of the Da Vinci collection. Articulated as well as stylish, the most significant appeal of the timepiece is the in-house made 52610 Calibre, which works the functions of the watch such as the perpetual calendar and the window showing the year in four digits whilst providing an impressive 7-day power reserve. Most impressively, the moon phase display on the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar diverges by just one day in 577.5 years from the actual phase of the moon, which is a remarkable feature in itself.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar

When it comes to delivering a simple and effective design, the 1966 Full Calendar from Girard-Perregaux is arguably a standout piece. Embodying a straightforward yet classic look, the timepiece features an array of useful complications such as a full calendar displaying the date, day of the week as well as the month and moon phases. A model that follows the design spirit of watches from the 1960s, the timepiece also tributes Girard-Perregaux’s technical advances in the field of chronometry, the 1966 Full Calendar is presented in an immaculate 40mm pink gold case with a slim 10mm profile for optimum comfort and wearability.

Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar

Inspired by a watch from the mid-50s, the Fiftysix Complete Calendar invokes a classic motif within a modern expression, which is highly captivating. The handsome timepiece features a 40mm case made from stainless steel or rose gold along with a classic dial layout graced with a pair of rectangular apertures at 12 o’clock, indicating the month and the day of the week. It also boasts a highly-precise moon phase function that reportedly needs adjusting only once every 122 years. The movement can be fully admired too via the sapphire case back. The entire ensemble is paired with an elegant alligator strap.