Watches are very much a hobby filled with subjective opinions. We attracted all of the different brands and models. A love the big Paneri, another collects vintage Omega. Despite that, I set myself to the author a list of the ten most iconic urdesigns. A list of the designs as everyone has seen before and can recognize it immediately. It is not necessarily watches as all find attractive, in fact it’s probably an advantage, if they share the waters a bit. The most important thing is that they are, in one way or another, has become an icon in the urverdenen.
The three criteria
I have assessed whether a clock worthy to get on the list was based on three criteria, as well as a rule that only one design can occur from a given brand, since otherwise the list would quickly become dommineret by big brands like Rolex. The list is arranged in a random order.
The first criteria is genkendlighed. When a design has become a real icon, you can recognize it on long distance without having to look at it. Think of an icon as the Porsche 911, you know instinctively when you see the fact that it is a Porsche 911 model and that it is.
The second criteria is is spreading. It speaks for the fact that a design has achieved iconic status, if it achieves a wide dissemination. It is not an indispensable requirement, many design icons is not public domain, but has a design turned wide through, it is a plus in the book.
The third criterion is timelessness and consistency. In order for a design should be iconic, it must not have changed too much over time. A true classic is faithful to the original lines of the design and renew without change.
The ten most iconic urdesigns
Reverso model is a true classic. The idea for a clock that could be rotated and thus be protected from knocks and bumps, was born in 1931, and has since then been an icon. The Art Deco-inspired style is very distinct and the clock is one of those watches that score highest on recognize equality criterion. The idea of the clock can be rotated is also so unique that it is hard not to have it with in a list like this. In addition, the design proved to be able to withstand the passage of time and the lines from the time, is still to be found in the design of the new models.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Gerald Genta designed this new departure, which came on the market in 19272. Royal Oak was the model who saved Audemars Piguet for “quartz crisis”. Not only was the Ak design helping to save Audemars Piguet, it was also the beginning of a whole new type of watches, for luxury sport watches. Royal Oak was priced very high and was more expensive than all comparable watches on the market. Fortunately took the market welcomed the model, and a new category within sports watches were created. That is why Royal Oak as an icon for one of the most esteemed clock makers today.
IWC pilots watch ´ mark XX
The next clock on the list are famous IWCs pilot watch. IWC pilots watches are known for their and their design has been helping to shape how future pilot watches should get to see out. IWC mark XI was the first of its kind, and was developed during the second world war. In the beginning was mark XI, both produced by Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC. Today, it is only the IWC, which still produces it. The modern models have changed a part, but the old Mark XI carries on a lot of history and heritage is also seen in the new designs. The model has set the standard for how a classic pilot watch should look like, and is therefore stored on a list like this
We cannot avoid Lunar clock, when we talk about iconic watches. Get watches, if any at all, has achieved the same fame as Omega Speedmaster. The clock was excited about Buzz Aldrins wrists when he set foot on the Moon in 1969, becoming the first watch on the moon. If you are watches with history behind it, is the Omega Speedmaster hard to match. In addition, the price is one of the more affordible watches to buy. The modern versions is very faithful to the original design, which only has evolved in small steps. Omega has also chosen to offer versions that are functionally still is true to the original with manual winding and plexiglas.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
Blancpains Fifty Fathoms is a little a unprinted leaf compared to some of the other watches on this list. I have nevertheless chosen to take it, as it represents some pretty important achievements in the field of design of divers watch. Blancpain was among the first to develop the one-way or unidirectional bezel rotate just wreath, as it slightly more euphonious name is in English. Fifty Fathoms model also helped to shape the early lines on the disc design, we then should come to perceive as universe in haste for divers watch. Therefore, it deserves a place on this list.
Ask anyone who cares just a little too watches to name a diver’s Watch, or maybe just a clock, and the first they come in thinking about, will most likely be Rolex Submariner. Submarineren have always been popular and will probably always be that. Everyone will be able to recognize the design, even if they have not seen a Rolex before. The model is produced since 1954 and is the most timeless design in watches. There have been changes over the years, but the differences are small and a submariner of 2014 carries great resemblance to a submariner of 1954. If this list were to have a number one, it would without a doubt and with distance be Rolex Submariner.
The next in the list is the Cartier Tank Watch. It is not the most common clock, but on the other hand, it has a very distinctive design as most will be able to recognize. It can be difficult to identify a single clock as being iconic for Cartier, which has been behind many groundbreaking designs like Santos, Tank and Tonneau. I have chosen Tank model based on a personal observation that it is a the most genkendlige model of the three. It was launched in 1917 and the influences from the Art Deco period is as clear today as back then.
In relation to being a traditional pilot watch is Breitling Navitimer something different. It has not, however, prevented the model from being strongly associated with aviation. Since it was launched in 1952 was a more advanced alternative to the pilot watches. Kronograffunktionen made it possible that the pilots could perform important calculations during the flight. Therefore, the agency quickly became popular with the military and professional pilots. Today trained pilots still in making calculations using the features you’ll find in Breitligns Navitimer if their electronic equipment failure. Breitlings Navitimer was the beginning of a new type of pilot watches, which differed from the simple and clean design which was known from the IWCs mark XI. Why has the iconic status today.
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Patek Philippe Nautilus is far from the finest or most expensive watch as Patek Philippe produces. Nevertheless, it is as an icon of the world’s most illustrious urproducent. It does so because Nautilus model is something special. In Nautilus combined luxury and haute horologie with the known elements from the sports agency and thus created a new category of highend sport watches. It is probably no coincidence that the Nautilus and the Royal Oak are both designed by Gerald Genta.
Heuers Monaco is even written for a list like this. The model was immortalised by Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans in 1971 and has since then been synonymous with motor sports world. The original design of the through-square shapes makes the clock really stands out and attracts the attention. That agency is considered one of the very first Chronographs with automatism, nor Agency’s iconic status less. Heuer Monaco became well known because it was worn by Steve McQueen, but the Agency has not only iconic status because of him. Agency’s design is still modern and original, giving the Agency a place on this list.
It was my bid on a list of the most iconic designs through the ages. How would your list look like? Came with your bid in kommentarfeltdet below and write which watches you think deserves a place.
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