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Six Of The Very Best New Watches That Pair Titanium With High-End Mechanics

From sporty chronographs to coplex double independent chronographs, all shed some weight thanks to a lightweight case construction.

| By Robin Nooy | 6 min read |

With the new year well on its way, there have already been a ton of immensely cool watches being presented. Whether it’s new materials and colours in existing collections, completely new models or even entirely new brands, there’s no shortage of news in 2024. News from mainstream brands, but also from indie watchmakers and everything in between. As we do every week, we take a look at what’s what and group together a series of high-end watches all relying on the lightweight properties of titanium. Although we’ve touched upon this topic in the past, the six watches we’re featuring today all came by in the past couple of months. So with that in mind, here are six more high-end titanium watches for you to consider!

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Titanium

The Zenith Chronomaster Sport already quite lived up to its name, but the Titanium edition takes it up a few more notches. The lightweight chronograph watch still looks amazing but has an almost tone-on-tone light grey appearance thanks to the material used for the case, crown, bezel and pushers. The iconic tricolour subdials still remain but in a more subdued manner. Equipped with the in-house automatic Calibre El Primero 3600, this high-frequency chronograph can measure time up to 1/10th of a second. It comes on a black FKM rubber strap or a titanium three-link bracelet and retails for CHF 10,900 or CHF 11,400 accordingly.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Titanium

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Quick Facts – 41mm x 13.60mm – titanium case, crown & pushers – titanium bezel with 1/10th of a second track – sapphire crystal front & back – 100m water-resistant – nickel-grey dial with tricolour subdials – luminescent hands & markers – date at 04:30 – El Primero Calibre 3600, in-house – automatic – 36,000vph – 60h power reserve – 1/10th of a second central chronograph – titanium bracelet or black FKM rubber strap – CHF 10,900 (strap) or CHF 11,400 (bracelet)

MB&F LM Perpetual EVO titanium

Geared towards a more active lifestyle, which is uncommon for a perpetual calendar watch, the LM Perpetual EVO by MB&F relies on a sturdy grade 5 titanium case. The high-domed sapphire crystal gives way to an icy blue CVD dial plate, with a suspended balance wheel in the centre. Surrounding that are four subdials for the time and various calendar indications. There’s also a power reserve display in the bottom right, and a leap year indicator in the bottom left. Developed with Stephen McDonnell, almost every component is visible from either the front or the back. Worn on a white rubber strap, this retails for EUR 176,000 excl. VAT.

MB&F LM Perpetual EVO Titanium Icy Blue - Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO

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Quick Facts – 44mm x 17.5mm – grade 5 titanium, brushed & polished – high-domed sapphire crystal, sapphire crystal caseback – 80m water-resistant – icy blue CVD dial plate – suspended central balance wheel – suspended black subdials for time, day, date, month – power reserve & retrograde leap year indications – integrated QP movement developed by Stephen McDonnell – 18,000vph – 72h power reserve – white rubber strap with titanium folding clasp – EUR 176,000

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph Ti49

The recently introduced titanium Ti49 edition of the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph is quite an impressive package. The iconic design, now executed in lightweight grade 5 titanium is an absolute wonder of comfort on the wrist. It has a brilliantly monochromatic look, thanks to the grey Clous de Paris dial. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s fitted with the in-house produced GP03300 automatic chronograph movement, built up out of 419 components. The integrated bracelet is extremely well-finished and balances out the watch perfectly. Priced at CHF 20,500, the Laureato Chronograph Ti49 becomes part of the permanent range.

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Quick Facts – 42mm x 12mm – grade 5 titanium case – octagonal & round bezel – brushed & polished – titanium caseback – 100m water-resistant – grey Clous de Paris dial – snailed subdials – grey PVD indexes & hands – tone-on-tone date – Calibre GP03300-0141 – in-house modular automatic chronograph – 419 components – 28,800vph – 46h power reserve – integrated titanium bracelet with folding clasp – part of the permanent collection – EUR 20,500

Speake-Marin One & Two Titanium

Speake-Marin’s Piccadilly-styled case remains a signature design, and in our minds, a modern design icon. Revamped in 2017 with renowned designer Eric Giroud, one of the latest editions perfectly showcases its class. The One & Two is available in two sizes (38mm and 42mm) and in lightweight titanium, with a semi-exposed movement construction. The sandblasted dial reveals the micro-rotor and barrel of the SMA01 automatic movement, with spade-and-whip hands indicating time. It comes on a leather strap with a titanium folding buckle. The smaller of the two costs CHF 22,200, with the larger being priced at CHF 22,600.

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Quick Facts – 38mm or 42mm x 10.5mm – grade 5 titanium Piccadilly case – sapphire crystal front & back – 30m water-resistant – sandblasted partially openworked dial – spade & whip central hour & minute hands – small seconds at 01:30 – Calibre SMA01, automatic – exposed micro-rotor & barrel – 28,800vph – 52h power reserve – regulated to COSC standards – grained leather strap with titanium folding buckle – CHF 22,200 (38mm) – CHF 22,600 (42mm)

ARTIME ART01 tourbillon

The Artime ART01 Tourbillon, the first creation by a team of industry veterans, is an extraordinary watch from top to bottom. The case is a mix of titanium, sapphire crystal and steel (for the bezel), giving it an unprecedented airy look and feel. The titanium crown has an integrated pusher which adjusts the position of the movement from neutral to winding or setting. The hour markers and hands are in HyCeram, with a blue Super-LumiNova finish. The tourbillon movement is fully exposed from the front and back, as well as the sides. It’s fitted to a leather strap with a titanium folding buckle, is limited to 20 pieces, and costs CHF 195,000.

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Quick Facts – 42mm x 11.4mm – titanium & sapphire crystal case – steel bezel – titanium crown with pusher – 30m water-resistance – openworked construction – HyCeram ceramic hands & chapter ring with luminescent markers – central hours & minutes – small seconds on tourbillon – 21,600vph – 261 components – 80h power reserve – hand-stitched black leather strap – titanium folding buckle – limited edition of 20 pieces – CHF 195,000

Cyrus Klepcys DICE Saffron double chronograph

The Cyrus Klepcys DICE Saffron is a pretty unique watch, as it contains not one but two column-wheel chronograph mechanisms. Operated independently through two separate pushers in the crowns flanking the case, one is indicated in green and the other in orange. All the components that make up this striking-looking watch are in full view thanks to an openworked 3D sapphire crystal dial architecture. The grade 5 titanium cushion-shaped case is 42mm in width and 16.5mm in height. It’s available on an orange Cordura strap for EUR 40,850 or an integrated titanium bracelet for EUR 42,500, both limited to 50 pieces.

Cyrus Klepcys Dice Saffron Double Chronograph

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Quick Facts – 42mm x 16.5mm – grade 5 titanium case, cushion-shaped – double crowns – sapphire crystal front & back – 100m water-resistant – openworked dial – green and orange markings & hands for chronograph displays – CYR718 (Chronode), manufacture – automatic winding – double independent chronographs – 60h power reserve – 28,800vph – integrated titanium bracelet or orange Cordura strap – limited to 50 pieces each – EUR 40,850 (strap) – EUR 42,500 (bracelet)

2 responses

  1. The Zenith is too Daytona, the MB&F is simply unreadable, the GP looks like a night-market bootleg Royal Oak, the Speake-Marin has fugly lugs, the Artime’s crown looks excruciatingly painful, and the Cyrus just looks naff.

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