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At its finest, the art of watchmaking strikes a delicate balance between honoring centuries-old tradition and exploring cutting-edge innovation. Each year, dozens of timepiece houses release models touting singular achievement in both, but it’s the rare examples of modern horology that truly distinguish them in the watch world. We choose to celebrate these manufacturing marvels.

Rolex’s latest Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is fitted with a Cerachrom bezel that echoes the design of its predecessors. Using an exclusive process developed by the brand, the new bezel shades daytime hours in blue and nighttime hours in black, and seamlessly combines the two in one single piece of ceramic. $8,950, at Meridian Jewelers, 525 E. Cooper Ave., Aspen


Hublot’s MP-05 LaFerrari harnesses the power of 11 interconnected barrels to generate a 50-hour power reserve—a record for a hand-wound tourbillon wristwatch. Pushing the limits of extreme engineering, the watch is limited to only 50 pieces and pays tribute to Ferrari’s just-released supercar of the same name. $345,000, at Meridian Jewelers, 525 E. Cooper Ave., Aspen


Patek Philippe’s chic and ultraclassic Calatrava Ref. 7121 expands the brand’s growing lineup of complex timepieces for women, with a distinctively feminine moon-phase display that runs for 122 years before accumulating a one-day error. $36,700, at Hyde Park Jewelers, 3000 E. First Ave., Suite 243, Denver


Ulysse Nardin’s Royal Ruby Tourbillon invites you to peer deep into its complicated mechanism. Its main plate and bridges are cut from transparent ruby and sapphire, which makes the flying tourbillon appear to float in midair. Price upon request, at Hochfield Jewelers, 655 E. Durant Ave., Aspen


Jaeger-LeCoultre culminates 180 years of watchmaking with its Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee, a limited-edition, dual-cage tourbillon, whose mechanism features a unique spherical balance spring and a digital chronograph display with its own power source. Price upon request, at Meridian Jewelers, 525 E. Cooper Ave., Aspen


Omega’s Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss resists magnetic fields—which can wreak havoc on a mechanical watch—with the patent-pending Co-Axial caliber 8508 movement, built using nonmagnetic materials. $6,500, at


TAG Heuer’s Carrera MikroPendulum uses magnets to regulate its high-frequency chronograph, with a dual-chain platform that uses a balance wheel system for the time display and an unprecedented pendulum system to power the chronograph. $37,500, at