watch spe­cial

India Today - - SPICE - by Sarosh Mody

Lux­ury is largely per­ceived as some­thing that is rare, some­thing that is worth as­pir­ing for and much like peo­ple, there is a strong in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic streak when it comes to brands that stand for lux­ury. Our an­nual watch spe­cial is the per­fect time to har­ness our love for time­pieces and look at some of the finest ex­pres­sions by lead­ing brands across the world. Most watch­mak­ing houses pos­sess the skill and knowhow to ex­press watches in a novel, cre­ative way year on year. Some with a more sober aes­thetic are the epit­ome of mi­cro-engi­neer­ing and high com­pli­ca­tions, with only a smat­ter­ing of mak­ers avail­able to­day who have mas­tered both. The nov­el­ties this year were var­ied with each of the Maisons in­tro­duc­ing new com­pli­ca­tions and artis­tic watches alike. The noteworthy com­pli­ca­tions by Vacheron Con­stantin, Greubel Forsey, Blanc­pain and A. Lange Söhne caught the fancy of many a col­lec­tor. Mean­while Maisons such as Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier, Bul­gari and Chopard con­tinue to be undis­puted lead­ers in the high-jewellery watch seg­ment.

Nov­el­ties like Carl F. Bucherer’s Adamavi and Omega’s Sea­mas­ter 1948 Lim­ited Edi­tion caught the at­ten­tion of watch lovers this year, as did the con­tem­po­rary pieces re­leased by Her­mes and Zenith. The new Monaco, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween TAG Heuer and Bam­ford surely comes as a sur­prise, al­beit a pleas­ant one. Last but not the least, Rolex gives many a rea­son to re­joice, with the rein­tro­duc­tion of their ‘Pepsi’ GMT Mas­ter II which is truly iconic. Watches have the power to draw you in and it is in­ter­est­ing to note how an inan­i­mate ob­ject that re­flects some­thing as ba­sic as time, is to­day cov­eted and sold for mil­lions. Be bold, be dif­fer­ent, and step out­side your com­fort zone as the world of time­pieces is on fire this year.

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