Platinum is like the caviar of watchmaking materials. It's a proclamation to the world that the pinnacle of exclusivity has been reached and that the only standing in the way of iconicity is the number of eyes drawn to this most elusive of materials. Platinum watches are something else entirely. Indeed, they have an air of absolute and infinite wealth, but moreover they are a symbol of craftsmanship and mastery. The sheer heft of a watch encased in platinum needs to be felt in the metal to be understood, quite literally. And the deeper you fall into the rabbit hole of horology, the more you come to realise that platinum watches are as much about status as they are tantamount about end game collecting. Speaking of rabbit holes, we fell right into one when we went hunting for our favourite platinum pieces. Here's 12 of the best platinum watches we could find and that you can actually get your hands on. Enjoy!
Rolex Daytona "Platona"
The infamous "Platona" has quickly risen to the top of many collector's wish-lists. Super difficult to find, but we've got one for you.
Another hard-to-find platinum Rolex, this time with the icy blue Day-Date complete with a diamond baguettes on the dial.
Blancpain Villeret 8 Days Manual Wind
Simple, sophisticated and completely entrancing, you really can't go wrong with Blancpain's platinum Villeret 8 Days Manual Wind.
Rolex Yacht-Master II
Rolex's platinum Yacht-Master II is a brilliant platinum watch that marries the worlds of casual with luxury effortlessly.
Blancpain Le Brassus Platinum One Minute Flying Carrousel
Another brilliant example of a platinum watch is the ultra-complicated Le Brassus Platinum One Minute Flying Carrousel.
Rolex Daytona 116576TBR
Arguably the king of all the Daytona's, the 116576TBR pairs a platinum case with an eye-dazzling array of diamonds.
F.P. Journe Octa Quantieme Perpetual Black Label
An unlikely candidate but one I thought was interesting, the platinum F. P. Journe Octa Quantieme Perpetual Black Label is a touch more adventurous when compared to the other tried-and-true pieces on this list.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
One of my favourite variations of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph. Enough reason to put it in this list, I think!
Patek Philippe 5140P Perpetual Calendar
A platinum dress perpetual calendar from Patek Philippe. Need I say more?
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
Heavy duty squared. Literally.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 200th Anniversary F. A. Lange
Simple, exquisite, beautifully finished and tended to with a meticulous eye, no wonder why the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 200th Anniversary F. A. Lange made it to this list.
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar
The quintessential perpetual calendar encased in platinum? No explanation needed.
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