The Art of Time

Each of these time­pieces is a mas­ter­piece in its own right

Portfolio - - IN THIS ISSUE - BY AN­TON D. JAVIER

MONT­BLANC HER­ITAGE CHRONOMÉTRIE PER­PET­UAL CALENDARSAPPHIRE

This stun­ning time­piece is Mont­blanc’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the per­pet­ual calendar com­pli­ca­tion, boast­ing a smoked sap­phire dial and a re­al­is­tic 3-D domed view of the moon from Earth. Look closer and you’ll see that the per­pet­ual calendar in­di­ca­tions are fea­tured on trans­par­ent coun­ters in a dark blue color, per­fectly match­ing the flange and tex­tured al­li­ga­tor strap. All this is housed in a slim, pol­ished 40 mm steel case, mak­ing it the per­fect watch for both men and women. www.mont­blanc.com

OMEGADENIM-IN­SPIRED RAIL­MAS­TER

Omega pays trib­ute to the Rail­mas­ter’s in­dus­trial past with a time­piece that fea­tures an un­con­ven­tional ma­te­rial – denim. The fab­ric, whose his­tory is linked with la­bor­ers of the Amer­i­can West, goes hand in hand with the workhorse watch and is com­ple­mented with a ver­ti­cally brushed “blue jeans” dial with in­dexes and hands that fea­ture a light grey Su­per-Lu­miNova. Choose be­tween a stain­less steel bracelet or the match­ing blue denim NATO strap with brown leather de­tails. www.omegawatches.com

PATEKPHILIPPE 6002GSKYMOON TOUR­BIL­LON

At first glance, the 6002G Sky Moon Tour­bil­lon al­ready ex­hibits the high­est level of crafts­man­ship with its white gold case en­tirely hand-en­graved with el­e­gant vo­lutes. The black dial also makes for the per­fect base for cloiseonné and cham­plevé enamel mo­tifs. Be­yond its vis­ual artistry, the time­piece boasts a me­chan­i­cal man­u­ally wound move­ment, a per­pet­ual calendar with ret­ro­grade date hand, as well as a chime with two “cathe­dral” gongs ac­ti­vated by a slide piece in the case. www.patek.com

ZENITHDEFY CLAS­SIC

With the per­fect bal­ance of re­fine­ment and sporty el­e­gance, it’s no sur­prise that Zenith’s DEFY CLAS­SIC was well re­ceived at this year’s Basel­world. While de­signed for style-con­scious ur­ban­ites, the time­piece is on the cusp of mod­ern and clas­sic, en­sur­ing sea­sonal longevity. It’s a pow­er­house on the in­side, as it fea­tures the Man­u­fac­ture ZENITH au­to­matic Elite 670 base cal­iber, where to move­ment os­cil­lates at 4 Hz and of­fers the wearer over 50 hours of au­ton­omy. www.zenith-watches.com

RADOTRADITION 1965AUTO

Rado looks to the swing­ing ‘60s for de­sign in­spi­ra­tion and what results is the Tra­di­tion 1965 Auto. It’s a hard-to-miss time­piece with an un­mis­tak­able geo­met­ric de­sign, as well as com­ple­men­tary el­e­ments like rec­tan­gu­lar hour and minute mar­kets, squared day-date com­pli­ca­tion win­dow, as well as the iconic Rado red an­chor at 9 o’clock. The time­piece’s light­ness is cred­ited to the PVD coated ti­ta­nium, which is lighter than stain­less steel, while a sup­ple leather strap and cush­ion-shaped case back en­sures a com­fort­able wear­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. www.rado.com

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