Per­fect time is pre­cious

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At times an idea is all that is needed, to hu­mour the great thinkers. “Use your time well if you want to have free time”, sug­gested Ben­jamin Franklin. In our waste-filled daily lives, even haute hor­logerie seems to point the way to per­fect time - an in­creas­ingly pre­cious com­mod­ity. A. Lange & Söhne is cel­e­brat­ing 200 years from the birth of its founder, Fer­di­nand Adolph Lange, with the ‘1815’, fea­tur­ing a hand wound L051.1 cal­i­bre move­ment with 188 com­po­nents in a unique 40 mm honey gold case and grainé sil­ver dial with an ex­tremely fine fin­ish. Aude­mars Piguet ‘Tour­bil­lon Mil­lenary’, in­stead, of­fers an at­mos­phere en­closed in an oval case of 18-carat rose gold (with a Mil­lenary 2015 tour­bil­lon at its heart), dec­o­rated by sparkling baguette-cut di­a­monds set in a dial of aven­turine and gold on a car­pet of gems that daz­zle with ev­ery small move­ment of the wrist. Pure emo­tions. Like those of Gi­rard-Per­re­gaux ‘Trav­eller Large Date, Moon Phases and GMT’ which has a so­phis­ti­cated and ‘po­etic’ de­sign. It fea­tures a trans­par­ent sap­phire dial that en­closes/re­veals three com­pli­ca­tions: large date, sec­ond time zone, lu­nar phases and small sec­onds, on a de­vice with two over­lap­ping disks, in­side a steel or rose gold case, in­cor­po­rated into the au­to­matic GP03300 cal­i­bre move­ment. You’ll be charmed by the charis­matic icon that is Hublot, which is cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of ‘Big bangUnico haute joail­lerie’ (10 ver­sions at one mil­lion dol­lars each) with a spe­cial cut­ting-edge model of tech­ni­cal set­ting mas­tery (invisible, clou de Paris, set on a rail), with 653 baguette-cut di­a­monds and ‘sus­pended’ bezel set with in­verted trapez­i­ums and coun­ters sur­rounded by bril­liant stones. It is clas­si­cal beauty com­bined with tech­ni­cal fea­tures that make ‘Ren­dezVous Ivy’ by Jaeger-LeCoul­tre one of a kind. In the Tour­bil­lon version, arabesques of ivy leaves sit like translu­cent enam­elled lace­work on the dial, with two types of guil­loche pat­tern, within a cir­cle of di­a­monds on the bezel, lugs and crown. En­clos­ing all this is a 39 mm white gold case with au­to­matic 978 cal­i­bre move­ment and bal­ance wheel in a mo­bile cage (anti­grav­ity), which makes one ro­ta­tion around its axis per minute. In­stead, un­der the gen­tly domed cover en­crusted with three types of di­a­monds - bril­liant-, baguette- and mar­quise-cut – that trace a flower on the ‘Ren­dezVous Ivy Se­cret’ model, ex­ud­ing fem­i­nine charm, lies a dial dec­o­rated with ivy etched on a back­ground of mother-of-pearl with a dou­ble row of cha­tons making up the bracelet. Se­duc­tive. Like the spray of di­a­monds em­a­nat­ing in 14 rays like a spi­ral vor­tex from the ‘heart’ (RM51-02 cal­i­bre, hand-wound) lo­cated at six o’clock, on the ‘Tour­bil­lon RM 51-02 Dia­mante Twis­ter’ by Richard Mille, re­splen­dent with its mir­rored pol­ish­ing, di­a­monds on the crown and case and black and white sap­phires. Only 30 are be­ing made. And only 28 for Roger Dubuis -‘ Ex­cal­ibur Brocéliande’. Loy­alty, eter­nity and the fe­male world, brought to­gether by means of the ivy of the for­est of King Arthur with a three-di­men­sional multi-layer ef­fect, merge to form a bond be­tween the out­side and the skele­ton move­ment, demon­strat­ing the ex­tra­or­di­nary com­plex­ity (in its sim­plic­ity) of this model. With case in rose gold and bezel, crown and lugs with di­a­monds, and red fo­liage, dot­ted on ivy twigs of gold thread. It’s back to the fu­ture, in­stead, for Rolex’s ‘Cellini Time with di­a­monds’, which, by com­bin­ing el­e­gance and the ev­er­last­ing re­quire­ment of per­fec­tion with touches of con­tem­po­rary style, of­fers four new ver­sions with pre­cious stones. The min­utes are po­si­tioned be­tween the cen­tre and the edge, near the sword-shaped faceted hands, in a sim­ple pro­fu­sion of 18-carat white gold or Everose di­a­monds. The sim­ple bezel is ac­com­pa­nied by a dou­ble bezel with 96 (or 62) di­a­monds edged by stri­a­tions sur­round­ing a black-lac­quered dial with mark­ers elon­gated by a fur­ther eleven di­a­monds. For the first time, Paul Pi­cot is pre­sent­ing a GMT with Gran Feu enamel. It fea­tures move­ment of the 24-hour hand by sim­ply press­ing

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