Watches & Jew­ellery

IF MONEY’S NO OB­JECT, TH­ESE IN­VEST­MENT-WOR­THY TIME­PIECES ARE SURELY WORTH PLUN­DER­ING YOUR BANK AC­COUNT FOR

Hong Kong Tatler - - Contents - Edited by Sean Li

Plun­der your bank ac­count for th­ese in­vest­ment-wor­thy pieces. 220 The Ap­ple Watch is now a re­al­ity. 224 Omega de­liv­ers gold with James Bond’s lat­est time­piece. 226 Watch­mak­ing reaches new heights in Jaeger-LeCoul­tre’s Hy­bris Ar­tis­tica se­ries. 234 The big­gest names in jew­ellery turn the spot­light on an in­trigu­ing stone, the opal. 236 Colour­ful rare stones head­line Pi­aget’s an­niver­sary col­lec­tion. 240 Cartier’s Pan­thère en­dures as its sym­bol for pow­er­ful women.

Among the watch­mak­ing elite, it’s hardly un­usual to have pieces priced in the high six dig­its. Ev­ery once in a while, how­ever, come watches that would make even the big­gest spenders wob­bly in the knees. For ex­am­ple, Graff ’s Di­a­mond Gy­roGraff makes a grand en­trance with its highly sculp­tural case and a bezel en­crusted with more than 70 di­a­monds for a to­tal of 8.03 carats. The piece also shines on tech­ni­cal merit, fea­tur­ing a 3D moon-phase in­di­ca­tor and dou­ble-axis tour­bil­lon. Highly ex­clu­sive, the Di­a­mond Gy­roGraff is limited to 20 pieces, in rose gold or white gold, and boasts a price tag of HK$6 mil­lion.

Cer­tainly not miss­ing from this list is Patek Philippe. While many of the brand’s pieces eas­ily fall into the mil­lion-dol­lar cat­e­gory, the Ref 6002 Sky Moon Tour­bil­lon is a su­perla­tive ex­am­ple fea­tur­ing an as­tound­ing 12 com­pli­ca­tions on two di­als, in­clud­ing a minute re­peater, a tour­bil­lon, per­pet­ual cal­en­dar, ret­ro­grade date and a moon­phase dis­play. What many con­sider as the true high­light of this piece, how­ever, is its beau­ti­fully crafted case, which makes it an art piece on the wrist. Should you be so tempted (and se­cure a cov­eted spot on the list), it’s yours for HK$9.3 mil­lion.

But a watch that takes the cake in this cat­e­gory is the much talked-about A Lange & Söhne Grand Com­pli­ca­tion, which is priced at a whop­ping HK$19 mil­lion. Dubbed as the brand’s “most com­pli­cated and most ex­clu­sive” time­piece, with only six pieces up for grabs, the Grand Com­pli­ca­tion of­fers a suite of fea­tures, in­clud­ing a grand and small strike, minute re­peater, split-seconds chrono­graph with minute counter and jumping seconds, and a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar with moon-phase dis­play.

PRICEY PIECE S Clock­wise from far left: Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tour­bil­lon; Graff Di­a­mond Gy­roGraff; A Lange & Söhne Grand Com­pli­ca­tion

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