Indulge in the perennial decadence of ingenious design and intricate complications with this list of ornate timepieces
BAUME AND MERCIER
“Function first, aesthetics second.” True to his word, Peter Brock brings through the enduring legacy of the Shelby Cobra Dayton Coupe – the most iconic car in American motorsport - in his two limited edition Clifton Club Shelby Cobra chronographs. Six Daytona Coupes on 4 July
1956 gave America its first GT class World
Sportscar Championship, culminating in glory. Although the Daytona never raced again, it became a symbol of futuristic design. With its limited edition 1964-piece chronograph and 196-piece flyback chronograph, each celebrating the first official race and the CSX2299’s speed record (196kmph) respectively, the two timepieces are a fitting homage to the legendary design innovation of the Daytona Coupe. The Clifton Club Shelby Cobra Collection is presented to its owner in an elegant black and silver packaging, and much to a collectors delight, includes an exclusive 1:43 scale model of the Daytona Coupe, along with a custom brochure that presents the history of the automobile.
A.LANGE & SÖHNE
Second in the range of A. Lange and Söhne timepieces to be endowed with the calendar function, the 1815 Annual Calendar adds on to its previous version by featuring a manually wound movement, also meant as an homage to Ferdinand Adolph Lange, and an analogue date, while still following the classic design and style principles in the 1815 watch family. The argente-coloured background of the classic dial and the blue-steel hands that indicate time beautifully contrast each other, along with the peripheral railway-track minute scale. The moonphase display is integrated into the subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o’clock. Celebrating the ambitious standards of traditional Saxon watch-making artistry, this new timepiece showcases gold chatons and a handengraved balance, and for the very first time, a Lange model can also be separately advanced with an additional recessed push piece.
Reforming the standard form of time indication from its new timepiece, the new Favre-Leuba Harpoon recognizes the need for clarity of information by representing complexity with innovative simplicity. For the first time, the watch redefines the way that time is read, and this patented new technique is a promising new way for users, specifically divers, to easily read time. Claiming to focus only on the essentials, the engineers behind this timepiece have designed the brilliantly functional watch, which makes the minutes much easier and precise to read. This function caters in particular to divers, ensuring that the diver does not mistake the passing minute with the possibility of having read the hour hand instead. For divers, this new timepiece is the answer to the problem of keeping track of elapsed minutes that have passed since the dive commenced, but the simplicity of this elegant timepiece extends to every user for how easy and legible timekeeping becomes because of it. It also features a Helium valve that provides the necessary pressure balance inside the watch, preventing helium atoms from the ambient air to penetrate the divers watch, a situation that often arises when spending several days underwater in a diving bell.
With 80 patents to its name, the brand now introduces its new WW.TC model to its legendary 1966 collection as yet another punctuation to its legacy of abundant landmark creations. GerardPerregaux has brought back the world time complication in a world where global connectivity is more a necessity than mere desire. Offering instantaneous and simultaneous readings of the time in 24 cities around the planet, this elegantly designed timepiece is also extremely user-friendly, both in terms of legibility and handling. One of the brand’s most iconic models, the timepiece posses two characteristic crowns on either side of the case and a 24-hour disc surrounding the chapter ring featuring two black/white semicircles to distinguish between day and night. The watch also features elegant and slim bezel frames an opaline dial, swept over by signature “leaf-type” hands unique to the brand. The 1966 WW.TC comes in two versions, a pink gold with a black alligator strap and another in steel.
Taking its tribute to iconic ‘60s design to a new level, the sixties iconic square collection takes the 2015 Sixties Iconic Collection and gives it an innovative, colourful upgrade. In parallel with the 67th Berlinale, Glashütte Original features five stunning colours that gives each of the watches in this collection their distinctive names: Sixties Iconic Forest, Sixties Iconic Ocean, Sixties Iconic Graphite, Sixties Iconic Tangerine and Sixties Iconic Fire. Powered by the automatic Calibre 39-34, the watches are made using original tools and authentic methods from the 1960’s, including the application of coloured lacquers that successfully achieve the “dégradé effect” – a finish with the right hues and shading (light centres to dark perimeters) found on all five pieces. The dial design is based on a range of “Spezimatic” models produces in the 1960s, proving the makers’ commitment to recreating the innovation from the ‘60s.
Oscillating between time zones has been made stylishly convenient by the Hublot Bing Bang UNICO GMT, Hublot’s new timepiece equipped with a new patented proprietary module which allows users to switch between local time zones at the push of a button. The GMT complication has been successfully simplified for the jet-setting modern traveller, allowing for a second time zone to be updated by a push-button, while the time at home is indicated using a second arrow-shaped hour hand using a 12-hour display. The second hour hand is also connected to a day/night disc enabling easy distinction between am and pm. The local time can be read easily via the conventional main hand of the watch. Available in a titanium or carbon-fibre version, the timepiece exemplifies ingenuity in style.
A company that has now gained a successful global reputation for its innovative solutions, technical ingenuity and exclusive design, IWC now launches the new 2017 Da Vinci collection with design elements that pay a not-so-subtle homage to the iconic 1980s collection, with is classic round case. Also embodying their manufacturing expertise, the company also proudly announces the introduction of the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph and the Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph. The Da Vinci Automatic 36 and the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 are tailored to women, while the Da Vinci Automatic is a unisex model. With the round cases, harmonious forms, rounded crowns and diamonds on single models in the new collection, IWC Schauffhausen establishes a link between the Da Vinci of the 1980s and today’s pure designs without denying the family’s heritage. With the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36, a ladies watch with a moon phase display is finally returning to the Da Vinci family. 54 pure white diamonds encircle the stainless steel model; on the silver-plated dial, the shades of gold used for the numerals, as well as the hour and minute hands alternate with the blue of the seconds hand. Adding to the intricacy of design, the “Flower of Life” is also engraved on the backs of all Da Vinci Automatic 36 and Automatic Moonphase 36 models.
Montblanc’s fine and renowned watchmaking expertise goes back to 1858, the year Minerva was founded in Villeret, Switzerland. Capturing the spirit of the past in a modern way, this collection takes forward this journey by reinterpreting the famous Minerva chronographs from the 1930s. A new first for the Maison, the vintage style of the Mont Blanc 1858 collection has now been enhanced by a new addition – the introduction of bronze. Bronze complements both the colour of the dials and the antique-style straps with its warm sheen, and for the first time in watch making history, bronze is coupled with steel for two new models, and it results in a bi-colour, bi-material combination that brings out the best of vintage design. The subtle changing colour of the case further enriches the vintage appeal of each timepiece. A total of three new bronze versions make up the Collection – a Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited edition 100, a Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time and a Montblanc 1858 Automatic timepiece.
Carrying forward the prestige and reputation of Ulysse Nardin as a mechanical watchmaker, the tradition of rare craftsmanship derived from incredibly diverse sources of inspiration continues with the new “Grand Feu”. Driven by the motion of sea, Ulysse Nardin follows through the legacy of being an audacious adventurer in the world of horology, in creating this translucid blue Classico manufacture. The stunning timepiece highlights the company’s unique savoir-faire in the fine-craft of enameling, and is an attempt at a closer look at this lost decorative art, a 17th century technique that only few craftsmen left have the skill to master. Hands pointing to classic Roman numeral indexes, with a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock, and as an added achievement of finesse in craftsmanship, within the dial lies a round date window whereby one can actually set the date easily backward or forward.
ROMAIN JEROME ORBITER
Epitomising cutting-edge contemporary design, the technical prowess and architectural finesse of the Romain Jerome Orbiter echoes through in its latest Moon Orbiter GMT. Teaming up once again with La Jux-Perret, the new timepiece houses an automatic flying tourbillon caliber set at 9 o’clock, balanced by the time dial at 3o’clock. The spirit of the Romain Jerome timepieces signifies the new horological era, and the Moon Orbiter GMT ably provides a resolutely more contemporary touch, with distinctive lunar aesthetics. With a 48mm rounded case with satin-finished steel containing fragments of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, as well as the red tips of the redesigned hands that are meant to serve as a reminder of the red moon, the timepiece exemplifies the brands visionary avant-gardism.
The 2017 motto for Vacheron Constantin is firmly rooted in technical excellence, and the consequence of this dedication is the release of its first ever grande sonnerie wristwatch, an extremely rare occurrence in the field of haute horlogerie. Bearing the hallmark of Geneva, much like the rest of its family, the Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860 happens to be the world’s most complicated watch with its 57 complications. It is only apt then that it belongs to the rarest and most sought after horological complication families, for its innovative interpretation of a supreme complication is one that only a handful of virtuoso watchmakers in the world are capable of mastering, with the added benefit of being extremely user-friendly and secure. The piece is also fitted with a black alligator strap secured by an 18K white gold folding clasp, and comes in a precious presentation box delivered with the “Music of Time” resonance holder – one that amplifies the sound and the harmony of watch chimes.