Ex­quis­ite Horol­ogy

In­dulge in the peren­nial deca­dence of in­ge­nious de­sign and in­tri­cate com­pli­ca­tions with this list of or­nate time­pieces

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - TIMEPIECES -


“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.


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.


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.

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