Per­fect Co­or­di­nates

AS VALEN­TINE’S DAY AP­PROACHES, HERE ARE GOR­GEOUS MATCH­ING TIME­PIECES THAT KEEP COU­PLES IN SYNC

Hong Kong Tatler - - Lancôme -

Noth­ing spells ro­mance more than wear­ing al­most iden­ti­cal ac­ces­sories, es­pe­cially match­maker time­pieces that have a cou­ple’s wrists com­ple­ment­ing each other. Ja­quet Droz’s Grande Se­conde line is moder­nity and tra­di­tion com­bined, dis­tin­guished by the fig­ure-of-eight shape on the dial. While strik­ingly con­tem­po­rary, it is in fact a line in­spired by a pocket watch crafted by Pierre Ja­quet-droz in 1784, whose min­i­mal­ist de­sign has seen nu­mer­ous beau­ti­ful in­ter­pre­ta­tions over the years. One such it­er­a­tion is the Grande Se­conde SW Steel, a sporty ver­sion of this iconic model launched in 2008. It comes in two sizes, a 45mm and a more del­i­cate 41mm, each avail­able in three con­tem­po­rary colours: grey, an­thracite grey and blue.

Patek Philippe re­minds us of the artis­tic skills for which it is renowned with a num­ber of limited edi­tion Rare Hand­crafts mod­els among its 175th an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tive pieces. Us­ing a wide ar­ray of hand­craft­ing tech­niques, the watches de­pict Geneva’s fa­mous har­bour, where An­toine Nor­bert de Patek re­ceived a warm wel­come in 1835. The brand still main­tains its head­quar­ters in a build­ing on the Rue du Rhône where it moved in 1853. The pieces come in vary­ing sizes and, for the ladies, tempt with an op­tion fea­tur­ing a dash of di­a­monds on the bezel.

Dis­cre­tion and tech­ni­cal mas­tery are the key themes of Chopard’s L.U.C XPS col­lec­tion, which last year went the ex­tra mile with two mod­els, each made es­pe­cially for men and women. This ver­sion sees a more svelte pro­file with a case mea­sur­ing 7.10mm, quite an achieve­ment given it houses two bar­rels. The men’s watch fea­tures a sun­burst sat­in­brushed sil­ver-toned dial on an 18K rose gold case, while the ladies ver­sion has an 18K rose gold bezel fram­ing a mother-of-pearl dial with hour-mark­ers set with di­a­monds.

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