The magic of pass­ing time

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - WATCHES -

The com­pli­cated world of high-end watch­mak­ing crosses time, an­tic­i­pates it, di­rect­ing re­search to­wards in­no­va­tive di­men­sions. Mea­sur­ing time, but that's not all. Be­cause we are won over by the side­real as­pect of a su­pe­rior crafted watch, like that by A. Lange & Söhne, the “1815 Rat­trap­pante Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar Handw­erk­skunst“, which, with an ex­quis­ite blend of en­grav­ing work, is dom­i­nated by the moon in re­lief on solid white gold within a ring of blue enamel, with raised stars set against puffy clouds. It of­fers pure so­phis­ti­ca­tion and unique dec­o­ra­tive tech­niques on an un­usual dial, which is com­prised of five com­po­nents and con­ceals a cal­i­bre L101.1 with 631 el­e­ments. In­stead, it is the blue sap­phire-set di­a­monds that cap­ti­vate in Aude­mars Piguet's “Di­a­mond Out­rage“, the lat­est in the tril­ogy af­ter Di­a­mond Punk and Fury. Like a rose of ice crys­tals, this piece of jew­ellery com­prises a cuff cov­ered in di­a­monds or sap­phires of 65 carats in the shape of blue cones, with the watch set on a white gold base, a dial hidden un­der one of the cones and the ‘heart' pow­ered by a cal­i­bre 2701 quartz move­ment. In­stead with gen­tle curved lines, bev­elled bezel and domed dial, en­clos­ing a di­a­mond of 4.7 mm at 6 o'clock, “Luna“, the bright stel­lar time­piece by de Griso­gono com­bines fem­i­nine so­phis­ti­ca­tion with the play­ful rep­re­sen­ta­tion of in­fin­ity. The asym­met­ri­cal in­spi­ra­tion of a har­mo­nious sil­hou­ette trans­forms this watch into a jewel. The case is em­bel­lished with tra­di­tional set­ting and ran­dom bezel set­ting, and the dial with ‘sau­vage' set­ting with some 35 dif­fer­ent di­am­e­ters of stones. A dream. “Cat's eye La Fenice“by Gi­rard-Per­re­gaux, in­side an oval fe­line rim, pays homage to Vene­tian theatre with a drape of 83 emer­ald-cut di­a­monds ( ap­prox­i­mately 3.97 carats) and 10 bril­liant di­a­monds (ap­prox­i­mately 0.21 carats), en­closed in a hand-pol­ished white gold knot, in­ter­wo­ven with mother-of-pearl of iri­des­cent re­flec­tions on a pal­ette of pas­tel colours. Cal­i­bre GP033000101 with 195 el­e­gantly fin­ished com­po­nents. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Watch Gallery, Hublot - “Clas­sic Fu­sion Chrono­graph Aero­fu­sion Red“of­fers a 45 mm case with a sporty feel and red-coloured lac­quered rings on the dial, that en­hances the rhodium-plate and high­lights the stitch­ing of the black al­li­ga­tor strap. It fea­tures a satin-fin­ish ti­ta­nium case and self-wind­ing skele­ton chrono­graph move­ment with 42-hour power re­serve. Stunned amaze­ment is re­served for IWC “Da Vinci Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar Chrono­graph“with round “da Vinci” de­sign, 43 mm case with a thick­ness of 15.5 mm, sap­phire glass back, blue screws and ex­clu­sive dec­o­ra­tive pol­ish­ing on the bridges, en­clos­ing a com­plex cal­i­bre 89630 move­ment. In a sin­gle dial with dou­ble chrono­graph and lu­nar phase com­pli­ca­tion. With bezel adorned with bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, Jaeger-LeCoul­tre - “Ren­dez-Vous Sonatina Sé­duc­tion“blends pure artistry that in­cludes guil­loche', paint­ing on mother of pearl (two birds over a field of laven­der) in an ef­fu­sion of blue and vi­o­let, and gem set­ting with a three-di­men­sional light ef­fect, a piece of artis­tic cre­ation and ro­man­tic orig­i­nal­ity, the fruit of Métiers Rares tech­niques. Cal­i­bre 735, self-wind­ing move­ment. Pi­aget “Alti­plano Feather Mar­quetry“is mas­ter­work of style meets

Orolo­gio Ren­dez-Vous Sonatina Large di Jaeger-LeCoul­tre, in oro rosa. Un'es­clu­siva serie ar­tis­tica re­al­iz­zata in edi­zione lim­i­tata di otto es­em­plari. Ren­dez-Vous Sonatina Large by Jaeger-LeCoul­tre, made in pink gold. An ex­clu­sive artis­tic edi­tion with a lim­ited edi­tion of eight pieces.

innovation. This ex­quis­ite watch fea­tures a white gold case with 78 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds that en­close a dial with a web of pea­cock, duck and chicken feath­ers par­tially cov­ered in sil­ver leaf, en­clos­ing an ul­tra-thin 430P move­ment. And if you're fond of world records, the light­est (less than 40 grams) split sec­ond tour­bil­lon chrono­graph in the world, the Richard Mille “RM 50-03 Tour­bil­lon Split Sec­onds Chrono­graph Ul­tra­light McLaren F1“has ar­rived. It in­cor­po­rates TPT Car­bon and graphene (de­vel­oped by work­ing with the Univer­sity of Manch­ester), a nano-ma­te­rial six times lighter than steel and 200 times stronger. The watch has ti­ta­nium dial, pro­filed case in­spired by the wish­bone sus­pen­sion struc­ture of the McLaren-Honda F1 car, which in­cor­po­rates a move­ment of only 7 grams, and a blend of grade 5 ti­ta­nium and TPT car­bon for the base­plate and bridges. It is, how­ever, the black Cer­achrom monobloc bezel and en­graved tachymeter to in­crease the dial's leg­i­bil­ity that in­tro­duces Rolex, which presents three new ver­sions of its “Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Cos­mo­graph Day­tona“: with sil­vered dial for the 18-carat white gold ver­sion, cham­pagne dial for the 18-carat yel­low gold ver­sion or everose dial for the18-carat rose gold ver­sion. They fea­ture a cal­i­bre (4130) with op­ti­mised com­po­nents and re­li­a­bil­ity, as well as the sur­prise of a brand-new Oys­ter­flex black rub­ber bracelet, which con­sists of a very elas­tic blade cov­ered by a high-re­sis­tance elas­tomer. We take a leap into a glo­ri­ous past with Vacheron Con­stantin “His­toriques Amer­i­can 1921“, the mod­ern ver­sion of a clas­sic Art Deco watch. It fea­tures sand-blasted sil­vered metal, ex­cel­lent leg­i­bil­ity, and in­ter­prets an elite but dis­tinc­tive de­sign. Un­usual is the shifted ori­en­ta­tion of the dial: the sub­dial of the small sec­onds is po­si­tioned at 3 o'clock, per­pen­dic­u­lar to the axis of the repo­si­tioned crown, which would cor­re­spond to 4.30 on a tra­di­tional dial. Move­ment re­li­able: Cal­i­bro VC 4400. A mo­saic of at­trac­tive pro­pos­als, but be­yond the aes­thetic and tech­ni­cal al­lure, a time­piece lives on the wrist of who­ever wears it. Be­cause the search for beauty and plea­sure has no bound­aries.

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