The value of pre­cise time is in­es­timable

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - WATCHES -

“Stop time!” A dream. Al­ways. Even be­fore the Faust of Goethian mem­ory. Which is why trap­ping the un­stop­pable pass­ing of time in a haute horologerie dial epit­o­mises in­sa­tiable de­sires. The same de­sires that are em­bod­ied, by means of the long­est hand, in bur­nished steel, for the chrono­graph sec­onds, and the short­est, in gold, to wind the move­ment, in the re­fined mech­a­nism to mea­sure the split-sec­onds be­tween a minute, which an­i­mate the rat­trap­pante chrono­graph with per­pet­ual cal­en­dar 1815 by A. Lange & Söhne. And cap­tured in the stylised forms of highly tech­ni­cal com­plex­ity that em­bel­lish the con­vert­ible case of the Bovet Cam­biano Cam­biano Chrono­graph, de­signed by Pin­in­fa­rina, be­gin­ning with its dial, which is cur­va­ceous with sharp cor­ners, with sym­met­ri­cal er­gonomic push­but­tons. To­gether with the fem­i­nine se­duc­tion that en­velops Bovet Réc­i­tal 9 Tour­bil­lon Miss Alexan­dra, which is swathed in sparkling di­a­monds of a time­less cut, and bridges and plates on an open-worked move­ment. In­stead, Chopard’s L.U.C Tour­bil­lon Only Watch 2013, its ti­ta­nium case adorned with relief or “filet” en­grav­ings, also known as Fleurisanne en­grav­ing and typ­i­cal of the vil­lage of Fleurier, which bears the coat-of-arms of prin­ci­pal­ity of Monaco on its rhodi­umed 18 carat gold dial, has been pro­duced to help raise funds for Duchenne Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy re­search. The Gi­rard-Per­re­gaux Small Chrono­graph MoM, in­stead, a spe­cial edi­tion de­signed by Su­san Rock­e­feller, which with its col­umn wheel, vis­i­ble through the trans­par­ent dial, em­bel­lished with an 38 ru­bies and bear­ing the en­graved motto “Pro­tect What is Pre­cious” for the Mis­sion of Mer­maids, pays ho­mage to en­vi­ron­men­tal causes. But it is only with the round case of three shaped parts, the con­vex sap­phire crys­tal and the trans­par­ent case-back that H. Moser & Cie Per­pet­ual 1 re­veals a heart con­nected to a ‘per­pet­ual cal­en­dar’ which au­to­mat­i­cally in­di­cates the date via a ‘Flash Cal­en­dar’, the only dis­play in the world able to change the date from the end of the month to the start of the fol­low­ing month with­out any invalid num­bers ap­pear­ing in the win­dow. In the grade 5 ti­ta­nium case, with or with­out black DLC coat­ing, of the MCT Se­quen­tial One S110, the per­spec­tives cre­ated by the prism as­sem­blies with new nu­mer­als, cross-shaped bridge and minute pointer an­nounce a com­plex horo­log­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture. For Harry Win­ston, the case with its three arches em­brac­ing the crown, stud­ded with 57 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, re­veals the fem­i­nine charm of the new di­als of the Ocean Biret­ro­grade, with sun­ray di­a­mond-point fin­ish en­cir­cling the hours and min­utes dial. The Por­tuguese Chrono­graph Clas­sic, in 18-carat rose gold or steel, with sil­ver-plated or slate-coloured cam­bered dial, rein­ter­prets the el­e­gant de­sign of clas­si­cal IWC Schaffhausen time­pieces. The Por­tuguese Tour­bil­lon Hand-Wound is a blend of nau­ti­cal in­stru­ments and cut­ting-edge me­chan­ics, with a slim line and tour­bil­lon ro­tat­ing around its axis ev­ery 60 sec­onds. The two sur­real bal­ances, in­stead, sus­pended above the dial from four arch­ing arms give the MB&F Legacy Ma­chine No. 2 a con­tem­po­rary ap­pear­ance, as at­ten­tion is drawn to the plan­e­tary dif­fer­en­tial just be­low in the cen­tre of the dial, thereby com­bin­ing art and mi­cro-engineering. Omega of­fers so­phis­ti­cated mod­els such as the Sea­mas­ter Planet Ocean ”SOCHI 2014” Lim­ited Edi­tion, which is pow­ered by a co-ax­ial Omega au­to­matic move­ment with sil­i­con bal­ance spring; the Sea­mas­ter Aqua Terra 15.000 Gauss, which is re­sis­tant to mag­netic fields, with a date win­dow at 8 o’clock and yel­low de­tails; and the Ladymatic pearls & di­a­monds, with 34mm red gold Sedna gold case and bezel with di­a­monds, mother-of-pearl dial, in­dices with di­a­monds and hands in red gold. From the world of For­mula 1 to pre­ci­sion horol­ogy comes brown Sil­i­con Ni­tride, which is light and re­sis­tant and used

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