DRESS TO IMPRESS
When it’s time to dress to the nines, you need a sharp-looking watch. These timepieces certainly fit
PERFECT PROPORTIONS JAQUET DROZ
The pure design of the Grande Seconde of Jaquet Droz is founded on two dials that form a figure eight, the smaller top dial marking the hours and minutes, the lower larger dial marking the seconds. The black numerals and train tracks against white space, a lovely juxtaposition of typography, all within the very slender rim of the smooth round 43mm case add up to a very handsome package of perfect proportions.
TIME ABRIDGED CORUM
Like its predecessors Corum’s new Golden Bridge Rectangle is a small sculpture—a work of art as well as a technical tour de force. It owes its aesthetic to Italian jewellery designer Dino Modolo, who has used the architecture of its movement to striking effect. Two 18K gold bridges, which are also the hour markers, line the signature baguette movement, invented by Vincent Calabrese for Corum in 1980. This time the movement is encased in a 29.5mm x 42mm rose-gold rectangle. Technical enhancements on the 2017 Golden Bridge include a 40-hour power reserve and water resistance to 30 metres.
VINTAGE CLASSICS PATEK PHILIPPE
Drawing inspiration from its 1940s and ’50s models, Patek Philippe’s new selfwinding Perpetual Calendar (Ref 5320) is housed in an elegant 40mm white-gold case with three-tiered lugs. The lacquered cream dial with luminous numerals and hands has two apertures for day and month, with the analogue date circling a sub-dial that encompasses the moon phase indicator.
CAN’T WAIT HERMÈS
There is a playful side to Hermès, and timepiece creations such as the Arceau Le Temps Suspendu are joyful examples. The maison’s newest Poetic Complication is Slim d’hermès L’heure Impatiente, where it reveals its whimsical persona. Hermès presents a sub-dial that can be set to count down to any time in the next 12 hours, with a gong sounding when the chosen time is reached. Some five years in development, the complication is more charming than useful, but it’s also very clever. The piece comes with a svelte rose-gold case, and an opaline silvered dial with numerals that are executed in unusual and striking typography.