Pres­ti­gious time­pieces

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - WATCHES -

Time passes but not the de­sire to mea­sure it, count it metic­u­lously, be­cause each mo­ment is pre­cious and meant to be ex­pe­ri­enced to the full. The great watch mak­ers in­ge­niously craft their prod­ucts with skill, tech­nol­ogy and de­sign, cap­tur­ing time with in­creas­ing pre­ci­sion, pro­duc­ing pieces for ev­ery day, but above all evok­ing dreams and voy­ages. Mak­ing dreams come true is the time­piece from Van Cleef & Ar­pels, “Lady Ar­pels Heures Fi­lantes Poetic Com­pli­ca­tion“, a limited edi­tion which, with a shower of shoot­ing stars, re­veals to the wearer the num­ber of shoot­ing stars to see in the sky. The allure of this watch is its white gold case and man­ual-wind move­ment with Agen­hor mod­ule and blue al­li­ga­tor strap with white gold and di­a­mond buckle. The “Happy Sport Medium Au­to­matic“by Chopard, in­stead, ra­di­ates light from the guil­loché sil­ver-toned cen­tre, re­flected in the mother-of-pearl dial, which is em­bel­lished with di­a­mond mark­ers and seven mov­ing di­a­monds. Th­ese are echoed by the 18 carat white gold case cov­ered in bril­liant-cut di­a­monds. The re­fined ar­ti­san de­tails of the spe­cial limited edi­tion of 20 ex­am­ples of the “Lange 1 Tour­bil­lon Handw­erk­skunst“by A. Lange & Söhne are stun­ning. It has 38.5 mm plat­inum case and black enam­elled main dial, which high­lights the mir­ror-pol­ished mark­ers and hands in rhodium-plated gold. The tour­bil­lon bridge, with black pol­ished fin­ish, is also strik­ing, and the black sub-dial for the small seconds, made of solid sil­ver, is slightly sunk into the main dial. Ad­ven­ture lovers will not be able to re­sist the retro ap­peal of the “Royal Oak Off­shore Chrono Sa­fari“by Aude­mars Piguet, which is in­spired by sa­faris and fea­tures a brown al­li­ga­tor leather strap with cream-coloured stitch­ing, and an ivory dial. Ded­i­cated to men of ac­tion, it has a ro­bust stain­less steel case with khaki-coloured tones, screw-down bezel, black ce­ramic but­tons and is im­per­me­able to 100 me­tres. Also ded­i­cated to travel is the “Trav­eller Large Date, Moon Phase & GMT, Limited Edi­tion Trav­eller John Har­ri­son“by Gi­rard-Per­re­gaux, a trib­ute to John Har­ri­son, which is pro­duced in rose gold in a limited se­ries of 50 pieces. This time­piece, with a di­am­e­ter of 44 mm and crocodile strap, of­fers use­ful func­tions for trav­ellers. The dial is en­graved with a merid­ian which passes across the moon phase win­dow. Vivid red is used to mark out Great Bri­tain, John Har­ri­son's mother coun­try, which im­posed the Green­wich Merid­ian as the stan­dard time ref­er­ence for the en­tire world. Another ideal travel watch is the Ralph Lau­ren Sport­ing Col­lec­tion “Black Sa­fari Fly­ing Tour­bil­lon“, 45 mm of black steel with hours and min­utes func­tion and fly­ing tour­bil­lon. Dec­o­rated with Côtes de Genève and other par­tic­u­lar fea­tures, it has an au­to­matic me­chan­i­cal move­ment with 3N gold-plated ro­tor made in Switzer­land and a RL167 cal­i­bre, 13

1 ⁄ 4’’ with 28 ru­bies, steel case with a di­am­e­ter of 44.80 mm, crown bear­ing the logo and ini­tials RL, dial with ex­ter­nal dec­o­ra­tion in brown elm burl wood, Ro­man nu­mer­als, black hands in the form of a sword and black al­li­ga­tor leather strap. Al­low­ing trav­ellers to pass from one time zone to another is “Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Sky-Dweller“by Rolex, which fea­tures a dual time zone with si­mul­ta­ne­ous dis­play of lo­cal time via cen­tre watch hands and ref­er­ence time via an off-cen­tre disc. A fixed red disc points to the ref­er­ence time of the wearer of the watch. The disc’s 24-hour dis­play al­lows trav­ellers to clearly dis­tin­guish day­time hours from night-time hours in the dis­tant time, while the months are in­di­cated inside twelve small win­dows on the edge of the dial. With a more retro de­sign, in­stead, is “Ven­turer Tour­bil­lon Dual Time“by H. Moser & Cie., which was in­spired by tra­di­tional pocket

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