BACK TO BLACK
Watches that put you on the dark side.
OVER THE MOON
Is there any watch more sublime than Parmigiani Fleurier’s
Tonda1950Lune? Perhaps, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find another timepiece that marries a streamlined aesthetic beautifully with an ultra-thin movement featuring a micro-rotor designed, developed and manufactured entirely within the Parmigiani Fleurier watchmaking centre. The automatic calibre PF708 movement – only 4mm thick – not only powers the hour and minute hands for 48 hours, it also keeps the moon phase function alive. The moon phase is clearly seen on the black opaline dial as the rose gold moon discs reproduce the lunar cycle for both hemispheres. Surrounding the rosy orbs is a calibrated scale corresponding to a lunar month of 29½ days. What’s more, the moon phase only requires correction once every three years. Balancing the breathtaking moon phase is an elegant small seconds that surrounds the date window at 6 o'clock.
The CapeCod timepiece has been a long standing favourite from Hermès, with its iconic ‘square inside a rectangle’ case designed by Henri d’Origny in 1991. The unique watch gets a sportier new look, decked in black as the CapeCodShadow. The shadowy elements permeate the quartz watch from the black DLC-treated case to the matte black dial marked with dark, rhodium-plated Arabic numerals. The strap is, of course, a marvel as the maison is renowned for its splendid leatherwork. With the CapeCod
Shadow, you’ll find a black Barenia calfskin leather strap, with red-burnished edges, that is also interchangeable with a double wrap-around strap.
THE OCEAN PILOT
On your next plunge into the depths of the ocean, bring along a special companion – the Superocean44Special. The latest addition to Breitling’s exceptional Superocean collection sets itself apart with a unidirectional rotating bezel crafted from ceramic. Inside the steely 44mm case is a COSC-certified self-winding Breitling Caliber 17 mechanical movement with at least 40 hours of power reserve. Protecting the precise movement up to 3,300ft deep is a twin-gasket screw-locked crown and a security valve that balances pressure differences inside and outside the case. When you’re diving in the deep, the watch offers brilliant legibility with highcontrast luminescent markers against a volcano black dial. With a winning combination of the legibility of a pilot watch and the durability of a diver’s watch, the timepiece has definitely earned it’s moniker as ‘The Ocean Pilot’.