If you think of a barrel shape, you automatically think of Vacheron Constantin who adopted the rounded rectangle in 1912 to break up the monotony of round watches. This is especially evident in its Malte collection whose cases have featured this unusual shape for 14 years. Like a white gold treasure chest, the case (measuring 36.7×47.6mm) houses a manual-wind mechanical movement with a power reserve lasting almost 65 hours. The 4400 AS calibre made in Geneva by Vacheron Constantin brings to life the time functions on the silver-tone sand-blasted dial: hours (12 baton indices and 2 applied Roman numerals in white gold) and minutes (engraved in black) in the middle and the small seconds at 6 o’ clock. This minimalist mechanical marvel approved by the Geneva Seal features a black alligator leather strap with large scales and a white gold buckle adorned by half a Maltese cross. Price: 26,200 CHF