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If you are asked what is the most precious of things, nearly everyone would have to answer “time.” Perhaps that is why, when the world’s top watchmakers come up with a new movement or function that aids in measuring time, they usually choose platinum to showcase their ingenuity. Just as jewelers often use platinum to highlight their most precious and rare gems, the same is true in watchmaking. Platinum is the hallmark of the best and rarest in timepieces. Which is why platinum watches are usually the most coveted by collectors, sometimes selling even before the last screw is tightened on the watch.

grand complication watch, in a 43mm platinum case

Collection Privée Cartier Paris’ “Rotonde de Cartier” grand complication watch, in a 43mm platinum case, features the brand’s most prestigious movement consisting of a tourbillon, perpetual calendar, single push-button chronograph, and eight-day power reserve, (800) CARTIER.

watch with mechanical chronograph with perpetual calendar

Patek Philippe’s women’s mechanical chronograph with perpetual calendar, in a 40mm platinum case with black lacquer dial and 36 baguette diamonds. The watch has a 30 minute counter, day and month apertures, date and leap year by hands, moon phase, 24-hour indicator, and seconds subdial, (212) 218-1240.

manual-wind watch

A. Lange & Söhne boasts “no other watch runs longer” than this Lange 31 with a 46mm platinum case. Due to the brand’s innovative “constant-force escapement,” this manual-wind mechanical movement has a power reserve of 31 days, (310) 317-9852.