HEAVY DUTY

Ready for your next ad­ven­ture? Arm your­self with one of these sturdy time­keep­ers, de­signed to with­stand the most ex­treme con­di­tions

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style - Edited by Sean Li

Arm you­self with time­keep­ers de­signed to with­stand the most ex­treme con­di­tions

Noth­ing com­pares to the thrill of push­ing your­self to the ex­treme, and whether it’s moun­tain climb­ing, fly­ing, bik­ing or div­ing, there is a per­fect time­piece to com­ple­ment an adren­a­line junkie’s reper­toire.

De­signed for use in the cold­est parts of the planet, Tu­dor’s North Flag is a Cosc-cer­ti­fied chronome­ter fea­tur­ing the brand’s first in-house move­ment, the au­to­matic cal­i­bre MT5621. Inspired by Tu­dor watches worn by the Bri­tish North Green­land Ex­pe­di­tion in the 1950s, the model’s monobloc case de­sign with in­te­grated lugs as­sures wear­ers of dura­bil­ity.

When it comes to rac­ing, Richard Mille’s light­weight RM 36-01 Sébastien Loeb watch is the first of its kind, with a ro­tary G-sen­sor de­signed to vis­ually dis­play the num­ber of Gs felt by a driver dur­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion, de­cel­er­a­tion and cor­ner­ing.

Known for re­li­able div­ing watches, Pan­erai’s latest ad­di­tion to its Lu­mi­nor Sub­mersible line is the 1950 3 Days Chrono Fly­back Au­to­matic Ti­tanio, whose name pretty much sums up the watch’s func­tions. The 47mm ti­ta­nium time­piece is wa­ter re­sis­tant up to 300 me­tres, and easily leg­i­ble un­der­wa­ter with its lu­mi­nous hour mark­ers and hands.

Cham­pi­oned by ac­tor Charley Boor­man in the biker travel se­ries Long Way Round, the Bremont ALT1-Z was de­signed with avi­a­tors and world trav­ellers in mind. The latest ver­sion fea­tures an ar­ti­fi­cial hori­zon in­di­ca­tor and Zulu Time, al­low­ing the wearer to dis­play lo­cal time to­gether with the of­fi­cial world time stan­dard.

If you’re in a sticky sit­u­a­tion, Bre­itling comes to the res­cue with the Emer­gency II, the first watch equipped with a dual fre­quency dis­tress lo­ca­tor bea­con that will trans­mit your lo­ca­tion, whether land, sea or air, to nearby air­craft and ships through a satel­lite sys­tem called Cospas-Sarsat.

BACK­GROUND

A bright, young stu­dent of en­gi­neer­ing and pros­thet­ics, But­tet dis­cov­ered that find­ing work in his field was dif­fi­cult, and de­cided to ac­cept a post at watch­maker Nou­velle Le­ma­nia, fa­mous for its chrono­graph move­ments, to make a liv­ing. His first task there was to make move­ments for Breguet and Daniel Roth. In 1994, But­tet moved to Vacheron Con­stantin, later mov­ing to Franck Muller as di­rec­tor of R&D. In 2000, But­tet and three part­ners de­cided to es­tab­lish BNB Con­cept, a com­pany that supplied spe­cial­ist move­ments to brands that lacked in-house ca­pac­ity.

One of the com­pany’s first cus­tomers was Jean-claude Biver, then head of Hublot, who had a vi­sion for the com­pany and wanted an in­no­va­tor he could trust and work with. It was a friend­ship that would re­sult in an im­por­tant part­ner­ship af­ter

DE­SIGN FO­CUS

In 2010 Biver asked But­tet to join Hublot as di­rec­tor of R&D. Within a year, Hublot launched its Mas­ter­piece Col­lec­tion, made up of lim­ited edi­tion time­pieces, all with in-house move­ments that push the bound­aries of tra­di­tional watch­mak­ing.

NO­TABLE WORK

Among But­tet’s first projects was the MP-02 Key of Time watch, which can be set to slow time down or speed it up on the dial, but with the time­keep­ing func­tion un­af­fected. In 2013, Hublot re­leased the MP-05 Lafer­rari watch, an im­pres­sively en­gi­neered mas­ter­piece that in­cor­po­rates the de­sign codes of Fer­rari’s Lafer­rari car and which has a 50-day power re­serve. Next year, But­tet prom­ises to re­veal his most com­pli­cated time­piece yet.

FINE WINE US BAS­KET­BALL STAR KOBE BRYANT WEARS HUBLOT’S NEW BIG BANG UNICO CHRONO­GRAPH RET­RO­GRADE KOBE “VINO” BRYANT, A ME­CHAN­I­CAL WATCH DE­SIGNED TO TIME BAS­KET­BALL GAMES. THE LAUNCH OF THE TIME­PIECE WAS HELD AT A NAPA VAL­LEY WIN­ERY.

ROUGH STUFF Clock­wise from top left:tu­dor North Flag; Richard Mille RM 3601 Sébastien Loeb; Bre­itling Emer­gency II. Be­low: Pan­erai Lu­mi­nor Sub­mersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Fly­back Au­to­matic Ti­tanio; Bremont ALT1-Z

IT’S COM­PLI­CATED But­tet’s en­gi­neer­ing mind shows in his unique de­signed time­pieces, which in­clude Hublot’s Key of Time and Lafer­rari watches

But­tet was later forced to close BNB Con­cept.

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