Mo­ments sus­pended in emo­tion

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - WATCHES -

Like a fairy­tale. So mag­i­cal that haute hor­logerie, from a di­men­sion of ar­ti­san en­trepreneur­ship, serves as a spring­board for tech­no­log­i­cal chal­lenges aimed at at­tain­ing eth­i­cal val­ues. An ac­cu­rate chrono­graph, beau­ti­ful in its con­cep­tual ar­chi­tec­ture, once on the wrist is trans­formed into a life­style. Why not, then, sur­ren­der to the per­sua­sive notes of Noc­turne by Chopin, and covet with im­petu­ous eyes the black­ened sil­ver dial and black-tinted semi-trans­par­ent sap­phire-crys­tal glass of A. Lange & Söhne’s “Grand Lange Moon­phase“, “1Lu­men" and “Zeitwerk Lu­mi­nous“watches, which are able to store light en­ergy to glow in the dark, with rhodium-plated gold hands and de­tails on a lu­mi­nous dis­play with green­ish glow. Also filled with light, with shim­mer­ing shades and a rare bal­ance be­tween themes and colours, are two mod­els from Bul­gari: “Lucea Gi­a­rdino Par­adiso“, which is del­i­cately dec­o­rated with an ex­otic bird and lux­u­ri­ant fo­liage on a blue mother-of-pearl dial, set with bril­liant-cut di­a­monds and gems on the bezel and bracelet lugs, and hides a Tour­bil­lon Cal­i­bre BVL 263 move­ment: ex­am­ples of con­tem­po­rary fem­i­nine el­e­gance with min­i­mal fea­tures and se­duc­tive forms, with pink cabo­chon-cut stone crown that brings a sparkle to the round case in a so­phis­ti­cated game of light and dark, be­tween dial, lugs and sparkling fea­tures; “Octo Finis­simo Skele­ton“, with the thinnest fly­ing tour­bil­lon in the world, very com­pli­cated skele­ton move­ment, base­plate and bridges tinged in sen­sual black, 40 mm di­am­e­ter stain­less steel case fin­ished in D.L.C. (Di­a­mond Like Car­bon) and 18 carat rose gold bezel, with an over­all thick­ness of 5.37 mm is of cer­tain ap­peal. The new “Cat’s Eye Ma­jes­tic“by Gi­rard-Per­re­gaux en­hances the sparkling oval shape, gracefully adorn­ing the bezel of the ver­ti­cal case with 60 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, with Tour­bil­lon and Gold Bridge (and trans­par­ent base) around a mother-of-pearl dial in the gold rose or guil­loche ver­sions. The “leaf-shaped” hands in­di­cate the pass­ing of time on two styles of mark­ers: gold Ro­man nu­mer­als (at 6 and 12 hours) for the bi­colour in steel and pink gold, and di­a­monds for the other hours. Hublot - “Big Bang Tour­bil­lon Power Re­serve 5 Day High Jew­ellery Im­pact Bang“: be­hind this rather ex­ag­ger­ated name, lies the ex­plo­sive force of the Big Bang. Set with 484 “frag­ments” of white baguette di­a­monds paving the dial, it fea­tures a cage with black HUB6016 cal­i­bre tour­bil­lon move­ment in­side, and white gold case to­talling some 30.55 carats; 45 mm in di­am­e­ter, a power re­serve of 115 hours, and an ex­plo­sive price tag make this a sur­pris­ing gem. Ex­u­ber­ant in its sub­tle in­ci­sive­ness, Jaeger-LeCoul­tre - “Ren­dez -Vous Tour­bil­lon Enamel” is adorned with 254 di­a­monds on the bezel, lugs and crown, and has an 18-carat white gold case, which sur­rounds an at­trac­tive black dial enam­elled with Arab nu­mer­als and flo­ral hand at 6 o’clock,

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