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The Peak (Malaysia) - - Contents -

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.

SHADOW PLAY

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’.

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