Lifting the lid: 6 stunning pocket watches

Take your timekeeping back through history with one of these beautiful pocket watches.

August 8, 2016

You know that odd little pocket on the right front of your jeans, you know the one you never use? It’s called a watch pocket. It was introduced by Levis for cowboys in the 1800s as a means to protect their pocket watches. Not that a thin piece of denim could stop a bullet from an ol' Smith & Wesson mind you.

Now that you’ve been educated, you might be willing to invest in one. In case you are, here are a few you should aim for. 

Moser - Perpetual Calendar Heritage Limited Edition

The watchmakers at Moser flicked back through their dusty history books to seek inspiration for a new wristwatch. Their inspiration came from a pocket watch from the late 1800s. An exquisite blue lid has been decorated with diamonds, set on highly intricate guilloche work. Once flipped open, it reveals a dial bearing ‘Grand Feu’ enamel and a hand-wound calibre made from 18-carat solid gold.

Montblanc - 4810 Orbis Terrarum

The 4810 collection takes its name from the height of Mont Blanc in metres and is a nod to August Eberstein, Alfred Nehemias and Claus-Johannes Voss ­who founded the brand in 1910. The Orbis Terrarum (Latin for ‘globe’, ‘earth’ and ‘world’) is Montblanc’s first pocket watch. The 53mm case has a colourful world map at its centre and a guilloché dial displaying 33 places and 24 time zones – enough to make any man yearn to get out on the open road.

Parmigiani - Transforma Fleurier

One push of a button on the upper lug of this wristwatch pops open the outer ring, enabling it to be transferred to a new case, clicked shut, and attached to an elegant silver chain to become a pocket watch. The steel chronograph has a date window at 6 o’clock and a seconds dial at 3 o’clock. A sportier version of the watch, the Rivage, is made from graphite and carbon that’s used in racing yachts.

Jaeger LeCoultre - Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Pocket Watch

Inspired by a design from 1928, this pocket watch’s most striking feature is the transparent Sphérotourbillon at the 6 o’clock window with a bridge made of sapphire. Other features include an 18-carat white gold case with a blue enamel bezel and a hand-engraved dial. Made up of 460 parts, this is both a technical and artistic masterpiece.

Bovet - Monsieur Bovet

One face displays the technical paraphernalia inside, while the other is a simple dial with a window at 6 o’clock allowing a peep of the mechanics. Measuring 43mm in diameter, the ingenious Amadeo case enables the wearer to switch between wristwatch, pocket watch, pendant, reversible or a desk clock and comes with a steel chain.

And one from the history vault…


Created sometime between 1930 and 1850, this watch in a 51 mm silver case is a beautiful piece of history. On the white enamel dial is enscribed, ‘Fc Chopard Fils’ meaning “Fc Chopard Son’. The Fc is Félicien Chopard (1804–1887), father of Louis-Ulysse Chopard (1836-1915) who founded the watch brand in 1860.