The mys­tery of time re­vealed

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Faster, slower: at times time seems to pass at dif­fer­ent rates. But when caged be­hind the dial of a fine watch it almost seems like the hands are ap­peased, sat­is­fied with mark­ing hours in valu­able pro­to­types of ad­vanced tech­ni­cal so­phis­ti­ca­tion, which wrap around the wrists of those who love beauty. Aude­mars Piguet “Di­a­mond Fury“steels the show with its pave-en­crusted dial, gem-cov­ered scales with pointed spikes, and fluid, shaped cara­pace: non-con­formism is now fe­male. The watch has some 4,635 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds on the case and bracelet, plus a fur­ther 206 di­a­monds on the dial alone. The dial has a hyp­notic an­gu­lar de­sign with black rhodium plat­ing on white gold, and hides a slim Cal­i­bre 2601 quartz move­ment. At 8.28 mil­lime­tres, in­stead, the Aude­mars Piguet “Royal Oak Con­cept Su­per­son­nerie“is ex­tremely slim, and now almost silent due to the new strik­ing mech­a­nism reg­u­la­tor. Baume & Mercier “Capeland Shelby Co­bra“dis­plays a black back­ground with dis­creet hor­i­zon­tal stripes, sil­very-white sub-di­als and yel­low inserts for the chrono­graph hands (cen­tral sec­onds, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock). In­side the case is an au­to­matic move­ment based on a Valjoux 7750. From Rolex, the “Cos­mo­graph Day­tona“has changed ap­pear­ance thanks to a black Cer­achrom monobloc bezel made of scratch-re­sis­tant ceramic ma­te­rial, with tachy­met­ric scale to mea­sure av­er­age speeds of up to 400 kms per hour, mak­ing it a watch born to race. The 40-mil­lime­tre case houses a 4 Hz cal­i­bre and has no sil­i­con spi­ral, but an os­cil­la­tor with Rol­ex­patented blue Parachrom hair­spring, ver­ti­cal clutch and bidi­rec­tional self-wind­ing via ro­tor on ball bear­ing. With only 50 ex­am­ples made, Bul­gari’s “Octo Finis­simo Minute Re­peater“, at only 6.85 mil­lime­tre thick­ness, is the slimmest in the world. Its case is made of re­fined sand-blasted ti­ta­nium, while the crown is set with a black ceramic cabo­chon, which en­hances the very fine cut-out hour in­di­ca­tors and small sec­onds. The Bul­gari BVL 362 cal­i­bre is well fin­ished by hand and op­er­ates at 3Hz (21,600bph) with a power re­serve of 42 hours. In­stead, Bul­gari’s “Ser­penti“(snake) range of­fers a wide range of op­tions that play around with a pal­ette of im­pres­sive cre­ativ­ity. The rep­tile twists, with volup­tuous charm, around the dial of this jew­ellery watch and frames the tour­bil­lon cal­i­bre with case and bridges in pink and white gold. Other vari­a­tions in­clude a white gold ver­sion with di­a­monds and satin strap, a classic ver­sion with snake’s head on the tail, with com­bi­na­tions of di­a­monds, mother-of-pearl, coral, onyx and turquoise, all on a struc­ture of pink gold, or an onyx and coral ver­sion with black lac­quered dial and bril­liant-cut di­a­monds and in­di­ca­tors; lastly the Ser­penti Tubo­gas, an un­ri­valled artis­tic in­ven­tion, sur­pris­ingly fea­tures five coils. An ex­pres­sion linked to love un­der­lies “Lo­vivi“and “Al­le­gra“by de Griso­gono with its dial with soft lines, del­i­cate con­trasts and cre­ative use of vol­umes, twists and dark and light. This time­piece uses ma­te­ri­als such as fos­silised mam­moth ivory, am­ber and turquoise to em­bel­lish the white gold case, which fea­tures 96 bril­liant-cut emer­alds, black rhodium-plated beads, white mother-of-pearl dial with 39 emer­alds on a bracelet sculpted in turquoise with white gold

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