Watch Re­port

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Here’s pre­sent­ing some of the most ex­otic time­pieces from the finest watch­mak­ers. If you need to ask how much, you prob­a­bly can’t af­ford them.

1. HARRY WIN­STON— HIS­TO­RIE DE TOUR­BIL­LON It’s a unique time­piece that high­lights the com­plex­ity and me­chan­i­cal beauty of the tour­bil­lons within the watch. The rec­tan­gu­lar, white gold case of the watch is 65 mil­lime­ters wide. With sap­phires and cit­rines lining the scale and 50 hours of power re­serve, this sin­gu­lar time­piece is hard to ig­nore.

2. BAUME & MERCIER B&M con­tin­ues with its re­align­ment based on ‘fam­ily val­ues’ and, for men’s mod­els, delv­ing into its ar­chive to pro­duce sub­tly re­worked ver­sions of its best looker, the Capeland chrono­graph. It is dressy and sporty, vin­tage and mod­ern, all at the same time and has the move­ment chops to ap­peal even to com­pli­ca­tion afi­ciona­dos.

3. PAT­RI­MONY TRA­DI­TION­NELLE 14-DAY TOUR­BIL­LON An ex­cep­tional tour­bil­lon and the ab­so­lute pu­rity of a round, un­der­stated case hous­ing a com­pli­ca­tion boasting un­prece­dented per­for­mances: Vacheron Con­stantin Cal­i­bre 2260 beat­ing at the heart of the watch is un­equalled.

4. TAG HEUER CAR­RERA CAL­I­BRE 1887 The an­thracite-coloured dial and al­li­ga­tor strap grab the eyes, but what re­ally holds the at­ten­tion are the sim­ple, clean lines and the broad, un­clut­tered dial. The pre­ci­sion crafts­man­ship and at­ten­tion to de­tail be­comes clearer on a sec­ond glance. El­e­gant and mod­ern, yet faith­ful to the time­less codes of Swiss luxury watch mak­ing, its el­e­gant min­i­mal de­sign makes it the per­fect time­piece.

5 JEAN MAR­CEL

Truly re­mark­able, much sought-af­ter and de­sired by watch col­lec­tors, Jean Mar­cel pro­vide their wear­ers with a unique and com­fort­ing feel­ing of con­tent. The watches in their lat­est col­lec­tion fea­ture a durable stain­less steel case, bezel, lugs, crown, bracelet and but­ter­fly clasp. The ton­neau shaped gray dial fea­tures sil­ver toned nu­meric and tri­an­gle hour mark­ers. Clas­si­cal and mod­ern at the same time, th­ese wrist watches pro­vide a con­vinc­ingly har­mon­i­cal over­all pic­ture of case and di­als.

6 MONT­BLANC TIMEWALKER

A sec­ond time zone syn­chro­nized with Green­wich Mean Time (GMT) makes this self-wind­ing time­piece the per­fect com­pan­ion for all fre­quent trav­ellers. Its ro­bust 42-mm case com­bines with a nar­row bezel to pro­vide am­ple room for a big dial. The spa­cious­ness max­i­mizes the com­pre­hen­si­bil­ity and leg­i­bil­ity of the dif­fer­ent dis­plays.

7 VERSACE CHARACTERAUTOMATIC

Equipped with an au­to­matic wind­ing me­chan­i­cal move­ment with a sec­ond hand and date which can be seen from the see-through case back, this beauty comes in an ex­clu­sive limited edi­tion of 200 pieces.

8 PHILOSOPHIA—THE PARA­DOX­I­CAL TIME­KEEPER

Or­dered from Ate­lier Cab­inotiers and chris­tened Philosophia, it bril­liantly sets the scene for the peace­ful co­ex­is­tence of fine watch-mak­ing. Unique in its spirit, aes­thetics and ex­clu­sive mech­a­nism, it goes with­out say­ing that this Vacheron Con­stantin model is a neigh­bour’s envy, owner’s pride.

9 NABUCCO CUORE CALDO 12

A re­fined and ex­clu­sive time­piece, the Nabucco Cuore Caldo Twelve ex­ploits a di­vi­sion of choice, in­volv­ing the sub­tle blend of the moder­nity of steel with the light­ness of ti­ta­nium and car­bon fiber, with­out for­get­ting the warmth and rich­ness of 18 carat rosegold.

10 PI­AGET AL­TI­PLANO AU­TO­MATIC SKELE­TON

This is the world’s thinnest au­to­matic time­piece and is cased in bril­liant 18K white gold. The move­ment is Pi­aget’s 1200s which mea­sures in at an amaz­ing 2.4mm. Es­chew­ing in­tri­cate en­grav­ings com­monly found on com­mon skele­ton time­pieces, the Al­ti­plano Au­to­matic Skele­ton banks on aus­tere aes­thetics to make its point. What col­lec­tors must surely ap­pre­ci­ate about the Al­ti­plano Au­to­matic Skele­ton, apart from its ob­vi­ously painstak­ing con­struc­tion, is its dap­per el­e­gance.

11 HAEM­MER GENT’S GI­ANT COL­LEC­TION

Haem­mer renowned for be­ing big, bold and lux­u­ri­ous and at an af­ford­able price, is characterised by a very mod­ern out­look and ap­peal, to en­tice an au­di­ence of great taste. Be­ing vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore, th­ese watches don’t just make an im­pres­sion, they make a life­style state­ment. In just four years now, Haem­mer has es­tab­lished it­self as an in­ter­na­tional luxury brand, dis­trib­uted in over 40 coun­tries, around four con­ti­nents. The time­pieces in the Gent’s Gi­ant col­lec­tion are typ­i­cally 50mm gi­ants with a con­ve­nient left-sided screw down crown.

12 VACHERON CON­STANTIN LES UNIVERS IN­FI­NIS

In­spired by the tech­nique of pe­ri­odic paving or tes­sel­la­tion, and by the work of Dutch artist Mau­rits Cornelis Escher, th­ese three ex­cep­tional watches have brought to­gether the dec­o­ra­tive crafts of enam­elling, gem­set­ting, en­grav­ing and guil­loche work. The three watches in the col­lec­tion, each a limited edi­tion of 20, are equipped with the selfwind­ing Cal­i­bre 2460, de­vel­oped and crafted by Vacheron Con­stantin and hall­marked Poinçon de Genève.

13 GI­RARD PER­RE­GAUX 1966 MINUTE RE­PEATER

The Gi­rard-Per­re­gaux 1966 Minute Re­peater model pays homage to the most pres­ti­gious of haute hor­logerie tra­di­tions. Pure de­sign, noble ma­te­ri­als and a beau­ti­ful com­pli­ca­tion: the piece dis­plays all the signs of an ex­cep­tional time­piece. This is not the most ex­pen­sive time­piece for noth­ing.

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