Watches & Jewellery

FUNC­TIONAL YET DAP­PER TIME­PIECES FOR THOSE WITH AN AFFIN­ITY FOR SPEED

Hong Kong Tatler - - Con­tents - Edited by Sean Li

Func­tional and stylish time­pieces for those with a need for speed. 236 The ul­ti­mate in watch­mak­ing at the Grand Prix d’hor­logerie de Genève. 238 Bas­ket­ball star Le­bron James and his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Aude­mars Piguet. 242 James Cameron’s jour­ney to the bot­tom of the Mar­i­ana Trench with Rolex. 250 Emer­alds come alive in au­tumn’s rose gold and yel­low gold col­lec­tions. 252 Van Cleef & Ar­pels’ school moves to new Paris premises

Since the in­ven­tion of mo­torised ve­hi­cles, driv­ing has be­come a life­long pas­sion (and a ca­reer) for many peo­ple. Whether it’s a vin­tage car, racer or lux­ury ride, there’s some­thing ex­hil­a­rat­ing about the roar of the en­gine, the sound of tyre on gravel and the jolt as the speedome­ter hits max­i­mum speed. That rush of adrenalin can be com­ple­mented with time­pieces that of­fer driv­ers a lit­tle ex­tra when it comes to de­sign and func­tion­al­ity.

Cel­e­brat­ing its 10th year of part­ner­ship with Bu­gatti, Parmi­giani is re­leas­ing three lim­ited edi­tions of its iconic Bu­gatti 370 time­piece. What’s unique about this watch is its trans­verse tubu­lar move­ment, where the main plates and gears are along a hor­i­zon­tal rather than a ver­ti­cal axis, so that time is dis­played lat­er­ally and can be clearly seen by a rac­ing driver when his or her hands are placed firmly on the steer­ing wheel. The first of the an­niver­sary pieces is the Bu­gatti Mythe, which car­ries the de­sign codes of the Type 57 grille, which graced the very first Bu­gatti cars. The watch comes in an 18K rose gold and ruthe­nium case with a man­ual-wind­ing move­ment of­fer­ing a 10-day power re­serve.

In­spired by Ger­man mo­tor­sport tech­nol­ogy, Gra­ham’s Sil­ver­stone RS Skele­ton se­ries comes in a black Dlc-coated steel case, with a ce­ramic bezel and a rub­ber strap. The skele­tonised dial of the au­to­matic chrono­graph of­fers an ex­cep­tional view of the gear wheel and the rhodium-pol­ished move­ment. A lat­eral win­dow on the side of the case also pro­vides the wearer with a view of the es­cape­ment and bal­ance wheel. Apart from the chrono­graph coun­ters, the watch also fea­tures a tachymeter and the brand’s sig­na­ture 18K gold crown, se­cured by a bay­o­net safety sys­tem for au­to­matic lock­ing.

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