WATCH

A se­lec­tion of the finest watches un­veiled in 2017

India Today - - CONTENTS - By SAROSH MODY

WWatches, like cars, are as much a state­ment of per­sonal style as your sta­tion in life. So whether you sport a flashy and bejewelled watch or set­tle for one that is stun­ning though sub­tle, it speaks vol­umes about who you are and where you are go­ing. Even as the dust set­tles, post the hur­ri­cane of the nov­el­ties launched this year, these are the 12 time­pieces that will likely stand the test of time and com­ple­ment your wal­let and whimsy.

JAQUET DROZ—Lov­ing But­ter­fly

The “Lov­ing But­ter­fly Au­toma­ton”; the but­ter­fly comes to life, pulling be­hind it a cherub in an an­i­mated char­iot in an ex­quis­ite op­ti­cal il­lu­sion. “Some watches tell the time, some tell a story.”

TAG Heuer—Con­nected Mod­u­lar 45

Google’s An­droid Wear 2.0 and the new TAG Heuer Com­pan­ion app im­prove the soft­ware ex­pe­ri­ence and keep you con­nected with peo­ple and in­for­ma­tion you care about.

OMEGA—1957 Tril­ogy Limited Edi­tions

pays a trib­ute to three me­chan­i­cal mas­ter­pieces—The Sea­mas­ter 300, the Rail­mas­ter and the Speed­mas­ter—the spe­cial 60th an­niver­sary edi­tions of these mod­els, which can be ac­quired sep­a­rately or as a beau­ti­fully pre­sented trio.

ROLEX—Sky-Dweller

The ‘world’ watch, is now for the world trav­eller. For the first time in a choice of yel­low Role­sor or white Role­sor ver­sions, the SkyDweller pro­vides, in an un­prece­dented and

highly orig­i­nal way, the in­for­ma­tion global trav­ellers need to eas­ily keep track of time.

AUDEMARS PIGUET—Royal Oak Frosted

Audemars Piguet’s very new Royal Oak Frosted Gold en­riches Audemars Piguet’s tra­di­tion of ex­per­i­ment­ing with jew­ellery tech­niques.

BREGUET—Breguet Reine De Naples Princesse

In­spired by the first wrist­watch cre­ated by AL Breguet for Caro­line Mu­rat in 1810, the new Reine de Naples Princesse 8965 is the epit­ome of fem­i­nin­ity and bold­ness. The Princesse em­bod­ies a more con­tem­po­rary de­sign in lieu of its clas­si­cal com­pa­triot Reine de Naples.

BUL­GARI—Serpenti

After in­ter­pret­ing the fig­ure of the rep­tile in count­less dif­fer­ent ways, Bul­gari now reaches be­yond its cus­tom­ary uni­verse to pro­pel the eter­nally youth­ful Serpenti to­wards a new field of ex­pres­sion, as the icon adopts dou­ble wrap­around straps made from multi-colour ex­otic leathers.

VACHERON CONSTANTIN

Métiers d’Art Coper­ni­cus ce­les­tial spheres

The Métiers d’Art Coper­ni­cus ce­les­tial spheres 2460 RT col­lec­tion tes­ti­fies more elo­quently than ever to the cre­ativ­ity of the Vacheron Constantin mas­ter-ar­ti­sans. The dec­o­ra­tion is in­spired by the graph­ics of An­dreas Cel­lar­ius, a 17th cen­tury Dutch-Ger­man car­tog­ra­pher.

JAEGER-LECOULTRE Hy­bris Ar­tis­tica mys­térieuse

The Hy­bris Ar­tis­tica mys­térieuse in­di­cates the hour and minute with rare ac­cu­racy but with­out hands. Time is drawn into the dance of a sus­pended or­bital fly­ing tour­bil­lon within a finely worked dial.

ZENITH—Pi­lot Type 20 Ex­tra Spe­cial 40 mm

A 40mm watch is un­con­ven­tional to a pi­lot’s watch, con­sid­er­ing no watch­maker pro­duces them in this size. Zenith brings a spin to the pro­fes­sional se­ries with a trendy new take on the vin­tage.

BOVET—Vir­tu­oso VIII

The Vir­tu­oso VIII is, how­ever, the first time­piece in the Fleurier Col­lec­tion to reprise an in­clined crys­tal aper­ture along the 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock axis. This pa­tented dou­ble face fly­ing tour­bil­lon has al­ready demon­strated its full chrono­met­ric po­ten­tial.

ULYSSE NARDIN—Freak­wing

Ulysse Nardin’s new Freak­wing cel­e­brates its part­ner­ship with the Artemis Rac­ing team for the 35th Amer­ica’s Cup and con­tin­ues to be among the most in­no­va­tive watches.

Unique time­piece by JaegerLeCoul­tre

TOP WRISTS The Princess in rose gold by Breguet (left); Alchemy of art and watch­mak­ing by Vacheron Constantin (above)

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