LAU­RENT FER­RIER X URWERK

Golf Asia - - LUXE TIMEPIECES -

This project, com­bin­ing haute hor­logerie, fash­ion, and cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy, was made pos­si­ble through a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Kar­maloog brand. Chris­tened the Hublot Big Bang Tour­bil­lon Croco High Jew­ellery, it is set with 380 baguette di­a­monds, cut and ar­ranged to look like scales. They cover the case, the dial and the clasp, in a lay­out of size and shape care­fully de­signed to recre­ate the pat­tern of crocodile skin. The dial alone is set with 102 baguette di­a­monds (to­talling 4.3 carats). There is an aper­ture at 6 o'clock open­ing onto the crowning glory of the cal­i­bre HUB6016 move­ment, a stun­ning tour­bil­lon. The move­ment is housed in a case mea­sur­ing 45mm in di­am­e­ter, which is set with 234 baguette di­a­monds (to­talling 7.6 carats), the clasp on the crocodile strap is also set with 44 baguette di­a­monds (to­talling 1.6 carats). Self-wind­ing, the time­piece boasts a power re­serve of 115 hours. On Novem­ber 11th 2017 the auc­tion­eer's ham­mer at Christie's, Geneva, sealed the fate of the Ar­pal 1 watch at the Only Watch 2017 char­ity auc­tion. The re­sults of al­most a year of team­work were thus dis­persed and the prof­its al­lo­cated to re­search into Duchenne mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy, a de­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease. The story how­ever has an epi­logue, Lau­rent Fer­rier and Urwerk have de­vel­oped and signed four watches, poles apart from Ar­pal 1 in colours and fin­ishes that will also be sold for the ben­e­fit of med­i­cal re­search. The four watches will be made in ti­ta­nium cases and fea­ture Urwerk's trade­mark wan­der­ing hours in­di­ca­tion. The 12 hours, in groups of three at the end of four ro­tat­ing arms, pass in turn along a scale of 60 min­utes, giv­ing both an ana­logue and a dig­i­tal read­ing of the time. The clean lines of the case are taken from the stream­lined bod­ies of Lau­rent Fer­rier's favourite cars. These watches won't have a name how­ever, be­cause they do not con­sti­tute a new col­lec­tion, they merely rep­re­sent the lap of honour of an out­stand­ing team. All pur­chase of­fers should be sent by email to lau­rent­fer­rier@ urwerk.com.

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