Pre­cious mo­ments

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - JEWELLERY - Open­ing. The Ren­dez-Vous Col­lec­tion by Jaeger-LeCoul­tre. Left. FV8Ch Full Black Crono­graphe Grand Da­teur Au­toma­tique by Franc Vila. Pierre Ar­pels by Van Cleef & Ar­pels. On this page from left. Pre­mier Col­lec­tion Ladies 36mm by Harry Win­ston. The Gi­rard-Pe

Di­vided into min­utes and sec­onds. Tem­pus Fugit: time flies. It may be an ac­cepted cus­tom, but when a wrist is adorned with a fine watch, even the pass­ing of time has a dif­fer­ent value. Mo­ments be­come pre­cious and ac­quire a se­duc­tive force. Start­ing, per­haps, with a con­trast of black and white en­closed in a milky-white ce­ramic cas­ing, from which dark rub­ber but­tons and a crown emerge, and a dial that en­closes dark hands un­der a tinted sap­phire case. With a fly-back chrono­graph func­tion and time-zones driven by an au­to­matic 13 cal­i­bre, the Gi­rard-Per­re­gaux is re­vealed. El­e­gantly non-con­form­ist, it is also tra­di­tional thanks to per­lage work and “Cotes de Genève” dec­o­rated bridges and os­cil­lat­ing weight. Chopard, in­stead, re­fines, with sil­ver dial and dauphine-style hands for hours and min­utes, the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of its renowned L.U.C. Quattro, which houses the 98.01-L hand-wound move­ment, the only one in the world to in­cor­po­rate four bar­rels, stacked and cou­pled in se­ries, en­sur­ing a nine day power re­serve, in­side the thinned shape of the 43mm white gold case, and bear­ing Geneva seal of high qual­ity, the "Poinçon de Genève". The same el­e­gance char­ac­terises the Over­seas Col­lec­tion by Vacheron Con­stantin. The Chrono­graph Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar model re­flects this, with its 18-carat pink gold dial and the metic­u­lous fin­ish­ing of ab­so­lute pre­ci­sion, finds ex­pertly com­bined el­e­gance and tech­ni­cal haute hor­logerie. In­stead, Franc Vila ded­i­cates the FV8Ch Full Black Crono­graphe Grand Da­teur Au­toma­tique to lovers of ex­treme sports. Heav­ily char­ac­terised by its ‘Espirit Unique’ el­lip­ti­cal steel case, it is adorned with 1003 di­a­monds and 2 sap­phires on the bezel, with a black mother-of-pearl dial crafted with guil­loche work. Greubel Forsey presents the Quadru­ple Tour­bil­lon Se­cret, a mag­i­cal mech­a­nism of four tour­bil­lons, ar­tic­u­lated in pairs, vis­i­ble through the sap­phire crys­tal case, with an ad­ja­cent au­to­matic os­cil­la­tor cou­pled with a spher­i­cal dif­fer­en­tial and dou­ble bar­rels for an ef­fec­tive power re­serve, all in­side a 950 plat­inum or 5N rose gold case, with nickel sil­ver plates and bridges and straight-grain and spot­ted fin­ish. Com­bin­ing ad­vanced watch-mak­ing and the charm of avi­a­tion, the Pilot’s Watch Chrono­graph Edi­tion An­toine de Saint Ex­u­pery in 18 carat rose gold, is limited to 500 ex­em­plars which IWC Schaffhausen ded­i­cates to the coura­geous poet and avi­a­tion hero: a to­bacco wood dial with sun­ray pat­tern fin­ish, glossy case, screw-down crown, anti-re­flec­tion and anti-de­com­pres­sion sap­phire crys­tal, a me­chan­i­cal chrono­graph move­ment, fly-back func­tion, and at the heart a cal­i­bre (89361) that is ex­tremely pre­cise in its en­gi­neer­ing and flex­i­ble in com­po­si­tion with an ex­clu­sive de­sign. Harry Win­ston adds Pre­mier Col­lec­tion into the mix of in­cred­i­ble fe­male beauty, which is uniquely ex­pressed in the Ladies 36mm with its mother-of pearl dial which is char­ac­terised by a mono­chrome cham­pagne rose or opal white colour in a game of iri­des­cent ac­cents and trans­par­ent chro­matic lay­ers in which the hands be­come lu­mi­nes­cent, sur­rounded by twelve di­a­monds to in­di­cate the hours and a crown of di­a­monds, in keep­ing with the Mai­son’s glo­ri­ous tra­di­tion. An emo­tion stressed by Pi­aget’s Gou­verneur Tour­bil­lon in rose gold, with an 18-carat case crowned by a sil­ver dial, guil­loché sun­ray dec­o­ra­tions in­ter­spersed with thin gold lines that en­close the open­ing of the cage of the tour­bil­lon, and adorned with a rose gold pro­file and ul­tra thin me­chan­i­cal move­ment with lu­nar phases.

Pierre Ar­pels of Van Cleef & Ar­pels, in an iconic sym­bol of glamorous el­e­gance, of­fers a con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the orig­i­nal model. This hand-wound mech­a­nism (Pi­aget 830 P) recre­ates that mag­i­cal, sus­pended at­mos­phere em­a­nat­ing from the in­vis­i­ble at­tach­ments which an­chor the white lac­quered dial, the gold crown and set di­a­mond, or a pavé of di­a­monds DEF/VVS that adorn the bezel, then fade along the bev­elled pro­file, and wrap dis­cretely around the wrist. With Jaeger-LeCoul­tre the essence of the fe­male uni­verse is freely re­vealed with per­fect mech­a­nisms as if they were the blink of an eye. The case and dial in the Ren­dez-Vous Col­lec­tion pro­tect an au­to­matic cal­i­bre with os­cil­lat­ing weight, adorned with a day/night in­di­ca­tion and embellished with hand-crafted guil­loché work and high qual­ity fin­ishes, vis­i­ble thanks to the sap­phire crys­tal back plate. Fleet­ing mo­ments. The same cap­tured by Patek Philippe and the re­spected tra­di­tions of cre­ations char­ac­terised by ex­cel­lence. The Ladies First Chrono­graph has made a come­back. It is now in white gold with an opales­cent dial in sil­ver or grey with painted hour mark­ers, or dark blue with pow­dered hour mark­ers, a crown of 116 di­a­monds, see-through sap­phire crys­tal back, hinged on the bezel, cen­tral hand and a 30 minute counter. Watches that epit­o­mise, with the craft of fine watch-mak­ing, that beauty that can­not be seen, only per­ceived. Fol­low­ing stylish trends, and ar­riv­ing at an el­e­gance adorned with es­sen­tial­ity.

In aper­tura. Collezione Ren­dez-Vous di Jaeger-LeCoul­tre. Sin­is­tra. FV8Ch Full Black Crono­grafo Gran Data Au­to­matico di Franc Vila. Pierre Ar­pels di Van Cleef & Ar­pels. In questa pag­ina da sin­is­tra. Collezione Pre­mier Ladies 36mm di Harry Win­ston. di Gi­rard-Per­re­gaux. Ladies First Chrono­graph di Patek Philippe.

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