The Time is Now

When Swatch Group parted ways with Basel­world and chose to ex­clu­sively show­case its nov­el­ties at the in­au­gu­ral Time to Move event, it al­lowed the new col­lec­tions of its six high-end brands to truly shine. Here are the gems that shone bright­est.

Solitaire (Singapore) - - Contents - Words by Anton D. Javier

Six Swatch watch brands truly shone at the in­au­gu­ral Time to Move event


Al­ready a revered clas­sic in women’s time­pieces, the new Con­stel­la­tion Man­hat­tan proves that change is in­deed the only con­stant. For its next step, a re­fined makeover re­de­fines the in­stru­ment’s iconic de­sign, re­sult­ing in four jew­ellery mod­els that fea­ture a height­ened level of el­e­gance and fi­nesse.

Im­me­di­ately no­tice­able is the sub­tle shim­mer of the dial, which is made from white opal – a prized pre­cious stone that is iden­ti­fied by its play of light and colour. Up next, a se­lec­tion of baguet­te­cut di­a­monds, ru­bies, blue sap­phires, or emer­alds form the in­dexes, which is in­spired by the Man­hat­tan sky­line.

Mean­while, all of the 28 mm cases and bracelets have been created in 18K Sedna gold, while bezels are em­bel­lished by sub­tle Ro­man nu­mer­als that are high­lighted by 154 snow-paved di­a­monds. The gem­stones ex­tend down to the bracelet as well, where 192 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds and four Con­stel­la­tion “star cut” di­a­monds meet to form a play­ful shoot­ing star pattern.


Harry Win­ston trans­lates the won­der of peer­ing through a kalei­do­scope into some­thing bril­liant and tan­gi­ble in its lat­est range of high jew­ellery time­pieces. The range is sure to make heads turn where an ex­plo­sion of sparkle and vol­ume is recre­ated through a clus­ter of pre­cious gem­stones around the case.

The col­lec­tion pays homage to Mr. Win­ston’s love for “clus­ter­ing”, which is best ex­hib­ited in the all-di­a­mond ver­sion of the time­piece. Here, 40 pear-shaped di­a­monds, 10 mar­quise-cut di­a­monds, and 105 round bril­liant di­a­monds come to­gether in a unique ar­range­ment on the case, which yields in­com­pa­ra­ble bril­liance and ra­di­ance.

Mean­while, the colour­ful it­er­a­tions of the time­piece fea­ture a more en­er­getic gem set­ting, as if con­vey­ing a hyp­notic sense of mo­tion. Pre­cious gem­stones, such as blue, pink, and yel­low sap­phires, di­a­monds, aqua­marines, ru­bies, tsa­vorites, and more are used, re­sult­ing in wrist candy with daz­zling colour com­bi­na­tions.


The Pe­tite Heure Minute “Smalta Clara Hum­ming­bird” by Jaquet Droz roz is more than just a time­piece – it is s essen­tially an ob­jet d’art on the wrist rist that show­cases high lev­els of cre­ativ­ity, tiv­ity, con­trol, and know-how.

This time­piece, which is un­der the e brand’s Ateliers d’art range, fea­tures res two vari­a­tions of the hum­ming­bird, ex­e­cuted in plique-à-jour enam­el­work that calls to mind stained glass win­dows found in cathe­drals. This in­volves cre­at­ing an enamel com­po­si­tion made from mul­ti­ple joined pieces sep­a­rated by a thread of gold. Com­plet­ing the tech­nique re­quires a rare dex­ter­ity when firing the enam­els be­cause each pas­sage in the oven risks al­ter­ing the colour, as well as the in­tegrity of the enam­eled sec­tions.

Limited to a mere eight pieces per de­sign, the first one uses pink and light blue tones, which echoes the mother-of­pearl dial within a red gold case set with 100 di­a­monds. The sec­ond one fol­lows a cool colour scheme of green, turquoise, and blue, housed within a white gold case also set with 100 di­a­monds.


The Reine de Naples by Breguet is a sto­ried time­piece, with the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing known as the world’s first wrist­watch. Its el­e­gance and unique shape is on a league of its own, how­ever, its lat­est in­ter­pre­ta­tions show that it is a ver­sa­tile piece that can be dressed ei­ther up or down.

The Reine de Naples 8918 is en­hanced with a bold shade of red seen on the Ara­bic nu­mer­als, the al­li­ga­tor leather strap, as well as the cabo­chon-cut ruby on the fluted crown. Ty­ing ev­ery­thing to­gether is a white-gold case with finely fluted sides, while the sap­phire case­back re­veals the self-wind­ing man­u­fac­ture cal­iber 537/3, which boasts a power re­serve of 45 hours.

And in a to­tally un­ex­pected move, the Reine de Naples 8967 takes on a more ca­sual ap­proach with its blue denim fab­ric strap, per­fectly com­ple­ment­ing its sleek oval steel case. Also eye­catch­ing is the dial that fea­tures a deep­blue lac­quer with turquoise scrolls, rem­i­nis­cent of a shim­mer­ing starry sky.


The high art of watch­mak­ing truly comes alive in the limited edi­tion Panoinvers­e time­piece by Glashütte – an in­stru­ment that mar­ries tra­di­tional crafts­man­ship with in­no­va­tive ideas.

Limited to just 25 pieces, the time­piece in plat­inum is the be­gin­ning of a new chap­ter in the suc­cess story of the watch brand’s Panoinvers­e line. You’ll surely be fas­ci­nated by the lav­ishly en­graved “but­ter­fly bridge” and its pul­sat­ing screw bal­ance in the cen­tre. Soon af­ter, your full at­ten­tion will be on the count­less fine de­tails, which in­clude the fil­i­gree fo­liage flow­ing over the rhodium-plated sur­face, screw­mounted gold cha­tons, ruby-red jewels, and del­i­cate gilt en­grav­ing.

Fur­ther in­side, the time­piece is fit­ted with a man­ual wind­ing Cal­i­bre 66-08, which beats at a fre­quency of 4 Hz and fea­tures a run­ning time of 41 hours. The watch also of­fers a power re­serve dis­play and a sec­ond-stop mech­a­nism. Round­ing it all up is a blue sap­phire cabo­chon on the crown and a dark blue Louisiana al­li­ga­tor leather strap.


For those look­ing for a time­piece that per­fectly mar­ries form and func­tion, Blanc­pain’s Villeret Women Date col­lec­tion will not dis­ap­point. It of­fers just the right amount of piz­zazz, an­chored by a more util­i­tar­ian form that is un­com­pli­cated and straight­for­ward.

As the name of the col­lec­tion sug­gests, the time­pieces from the new range has an oval-shaped date win­dow, com­ple­mented by re­designed nu­mer­als that fea­ture a de­light­fully cur­va­ceous font. The 33.2 mm-di­am­e­ter case, which is set with 48 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, is avail­able in ei­ther steel or red gold that can be fit­ted with ei­ther an al­li­ga­tor strap or a mille mailles bracelet.

While clean and sim­ple on the out­side, the Villeret Women Date range boasts im­pres­sive watch­mak­ing tech­nol­ogy on the in­side. It is pow­ered by the 1151 move­ment, which has a four-day power re­serve and is also equipped with a sil­i­con bal­ance-spring that is known for its chrono­met­ric prop­er­ties.

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