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Back is Beautiful: 10 Luxury Watches With Exhibition Casebacks


In our “Back is Beautiful” series of photo features, we present a portfolio of fine mechanical watches that are as appealing from the back as from the front. This latest installment includes timepieces from A. Lange & Söhne, IWC, Panerai, Patek Philippe, and more. Scroll down to see the selection and click on each image for the larger photo.

1. A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1

A. Lange & Söhne: Lange 1
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1

Reference: 191.032
Movement: In-house Caliber L121.1, hand-wound, big date, power-reserve indicator, diameter = 30.6 mm, height = 5.7 mm, 21,600 vph, 43 jewels, 72-hour power reserve
Case: Rose gold, diameter = 38.5 mm, height = 9.8 mm, curved sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on both sides, sapphire caseback secured with six screws, water-resistant to 30 meters
Strap and clasp: Alligator strap with rose-gold buckle
Variations: Yellow gold; platinum

2. Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water

Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water
Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water

Reference: ST15-PW.05
Movement: In-house Caliber ARM09-S, hand-wound, power-reserve indicator, diameter = 36.6 mm, height = 6.2 mm, 18,000 vph, 34 jewels, eight-day power reserve
Case: Stainless steel, diameter = 43.4 mm, height = 13 mm, flat sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on both sides, screwed crown, screw-down caseback with sapphire window, water-resistant to 50 meters
Strap and clasp: Alligator strap with stainless-steel buckle and additional rubber strap
Variations: Black PVD coating; titanium; rose gold
Limited edition: Each version is limited to 100 pieces.

3. Frédérique Constant Classics Moonphase Manufacture

Frédérique Constant Classics Moonphase Manufacture
Frédérique Constant Classics Moonphase Manufacture

Reference: FC-715V4H4
Movement: In-house Caliber FC715, automatic, moon-phase display, diameter = 30.5 mm, height = 8.1 mm, 28,800 vph, 26 jewels, 42-hour power reserve
Case: Rose-gold-plated stainless steel, diameter = 40.5 mm, height = 12.4 mm, curved sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on both sides, screw-down caseback with sapphire window and hinged caseback cover, water-resistant to 30 meters
Strap and clasp: Alligator strap with rose-gold-plated stainless-steel buckle
Variations: Stainless steel without gold plating

4. Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days Titanium

Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days Titanium
Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days Titanium

Reference: 405.NX.0137.LR
Movement: In-house HUB6016 based on the HUB6010, hand-wound, tourbillon, power-reserve indicator, diameter = 34 mm, height = 5.7 mm, ratchet wheel, 21,600 vph, 25 jewels, 50-hour power reserve
Case: Titanium with black composite resin, diameter = 45 mm, height = 13.2 mm, flat sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on the inside, screw-down crown, sapphire caseback secured with six screws, water-resistant to 30 meters
Strap and clasp: Rubber and alligator strap with titanium safety buckle
Variations: Rose gold (99 pieces)
Limited edition: 99 pieces

5. IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar

IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar

Reference: IW503404
Movement: In-house Caliber 52615, automatic, perpetual calendar with double moon-phase and day displays, power-reserve indicator, diameter = 37.8 mm, height = 9 mm, 28,800 vph, 54 jewels, seven-day power reserve
Case: Rose gold, diameter = 44.2 mm, height = 15.3 mm, curved sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on both sides, screw-down crown, sapphire caseback secured with six screws, water-resistant to 30 meters
Strap and clasp: Alligator strap with rose-gold folding clasp
Variations: White gold

6. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar

Jaeger-LeCoultre: Master Calendar
Jaeger-LeCoultre: Master Calendar

Reference: 155 84 21
Movement: In-house Caliber 866, automatic, annual calendar with date, day, month and moon-phase, diameter = 26 mm, height = 5.7 mm, 28,800 vph, 32 jewels, 40-hour power reserve
Case: Stainless steel, diameter = 39 mm, height = 10.6 mm, curved sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on the inside, sapphire caseback secured with four screws, water-resistant to 50 meters
Strap and clasp: Alligator strap with stainless-steel folding clasp
Variations: Rose gold

7. Meistersinger Circularis

MeisterSinger: Circularis
MeisterSinger: Circularis

Reference: CC108
Movement: In-house Caliber MSH01, hand-wound, two barrels, diameter = 32.7 mm, height = 5.4 mm, 28,800 vph, 27 jewels, five-day power reserve
Case: Stainless steel, diameter = 43 mm, height = 12.5 mm, curved sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on the inside, sapphire caseback secured with four screws, water-resistant to 50 meters
Strap and clasp: Alligator strap with stainless-steel double folding clasp
Variations: Ivory or silver-colored dial

8. Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Titanio

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Titanio
Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Titanio

Reference: PAM00619
Movement: In-house Caliber P.4000, automatic, diameter = 31 mm, height = 4 mm, 28,800 vph, 31 jewels, 72-hour power reserve
Case: Titanium, diameter = 45 mm, height = 12.2 mm, curved sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on the outside, screw-down caseback with sapphire window, water-resistant to 100 meters
Strap and clasp: Buffalo leather strap with titanium buckle
Variations: Stainless steel; rose gold

9. Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time

Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time

Reference: 5524G
Movement: In-house Caliber 324 S C FUS, automatic, second time zone, two day-night indicators, diameter = 31 mm, height = 4.8 mm, Gyromax balance, 28,800 vph, 29 jewels, 40-hour power reserve
Case: White gold, diameter = 42 mm, height = 10.8 mm, sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating, screw-down caseback with sapphire window, water-resistant to 60 meters
Strap and clasp: Calfskin strap with white-gold buckle

10. Piaget Altiplano Chronograph

Piaget Altiplano Chronograph
Piaget Altiplano Chronograph

Reference: GOA40030
Movement: In-house Caliber 883P, hand-wound, flyback chronograph, diameter = 27 mm, height = 4.65 mm, 28,800 vph, 30 jewels, 50-hour power reserve
Case: Rose gold, diameter = 41 mm, height = 8.24 mm, flat sapphire crystal, screw-down crown, sapphire caseback secured by six screws, water-resistant to 30 meters
Strap and clasp: Alligator strap with rose-gold buckle
Variations: White gold with diamond bezel

Photos by Nik Schölzel and OK-Photography. This feature originally appeared in WatchTime Magazine.

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4 Responses to “Back is Beautiful: 10 Luxury Watches With Exhibition Casebacks”

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  1. Sylvio F. Bertoli

    Nice article. Some casebacks are more beautiful than the front dials.

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  2. Paulo Costa

    How dare you to leave out FP Journe’s Chronomètre à Résonance?

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