The dance of the hours

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - WATCHES -

The stage is set, for an ex­cit­ing show. A unique “dance of the hours” is be­ing staged by Haute Orologerie, among de­sign choices and tech­no­log­i­cal chal­lenges; with a soul that touches on per­fec­tion. We firstly delve into the starry sky of Sax­o­nia Thin by A. Lange & Söhne, where hands and ap­pli­ca­tions, in a game of re­flec­tions, high­light the cop­per-blue aven­turine dial. The case houses a cal­i­bre L093.1, only 2.9 mil­lime­tres thick, with three pol­ished gold screw-down cha­tons, which are se­cured with blued screws: crafts­man­ship down to the last de­tail. Bul­gari’s Ser­penti Tubo­gas, in­stead, snakes around the wrist, en­clos­ing a case of 18 carat rose gold, bezel set with bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, 18-carat rose gold crown and cabo­chon-cut rubel­lite, of­fer­ing colour con­trasts of gold with re­gal sen­su­al­ity, and a high­pre­ci­sion quartz move­ment. With scratch-re­sis­tant sap­phire crys­tal and Cy­clops eye mag­ni­fy­ing the date at 3 o’clock, the Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Date­just31 by Rolex ex­em­pli­fies a so­phis­ti­ca­tion that tran­scends time. With a high-tech cal­i­bre 2236 heart, it is framed by daz­zling gems set to en­hance the el­e­gant car­rure, which is formed from a block of 18 carat yel­low gold, white gold or Everose gold. Time­less. Set­ting the Ulysse Nardin Freak Vi­sion apart, in­stead, is the silicon self-reg­u­lat­ing balance with pure nickel in­er­tial weights and sta­bil­is­ing mi­crob­lades. Its baguette move­ment is a carousel that ro­tates around its own axis. The new 3D carved up­per bridge is in­spired by a boat’s hull and the box-domed sap­phire cel­e­brates the nau­ti­cal world and a de­sire for free­dom. The Graff Flo­ral Trio of­fers a glimpse of an enchanted re­al­ity and pro­vides a breath of cre­ativ­ity with a fem­i­nine touch, which in­spired the blue-vi­o­let-white flo­ral face of th­ese watches. They fea­ture a unique dial, which re­veals del­i­cate hour and minute hands shaped ro­man­ti­cally into petals among a blaze of di­a­monds, enamel and mi­cro-paint­ing. Based on the Art Deco style, the Harry Win­ston Emer­ald Col­lec­tion of­fers the pre­ferred emer­ald-cut for an in­no­va­tive pink sap­phire at 12 o’clock. The watch has a soft fem­i­nine de­sign and fea­tures an el­e­gant 18-carat white gold dial, which has four sap­phires and 108 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds set in mother-of-pearl, and a dou­ble-turn strap in tones of pale pink. The Cat's Eye Day and Night by Gi­rard-Per­re­gaux takes you to Won­der­land with its glit­ter­ing dark-blue dial in aven­turine, blended with golden dust. It is a cir­cle within an oval, and trimmed with di­a­monds, cre­at­ing a per­spec­tive game of lights and forms among bridges and main­plates dec­o­rated with Côtes de Genève pat­tern. The re­fined day/night com­pli­ca­tion ap­pears and disappears un­der a semi-cir­cle of di­a­monds, trans­form­ing haute orologerie into art and dreams. The un­usual cou­pling of bril­liant-cut di­a­monds set in pol­ished red gold and black ce­ram­ics make Richard Mille 07-01 a unique model. The case con­tains the au­to­matic cal­i­bre CRMA2

Orolo­gio Big Bang di Hublot con dia­manti in­cas­to­nati per un to­tale di 13,5 carati ab­binato a una gi­acca in pelle di coc­co­drillo. Big Bang watch by Hublot set with 13.5 carats of di­a­monds com­bined with a jacket made of croc­o­dile leather.

move­ment, with vari­able-ge­om­e­try ro­tor in 18-carat 5N red gold. With a thick­ness of only 4.30 mm, Alti­plano Ul­ti­mate Au­to­matic by Pi­aget is the thinnest watch with au­to­matic wind­ing in the world. Move­ment, me­chan­i­cal self-wind­ing cal­i­bre Pi­aget 910P and case (in 18-carat rose gold with 219 fixed com­po­nents) cre­ate a unicum in which the wheels mea­sure only 0.12 mm (com­pared to the nor­mal 0.20 mm). The en­tire mech­a­nism and hands are con­tained within the thick­ness of the balance, the hours and min­utes are off-cen­tred, the ef­fect of ex­cep­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing and assem­bly, which em­pha­sises beauty of un­par­al­leled re­fine­ment. Hublot has un­veiled the Big Bang Tour­bil­lon Croco High Jew­ellery watch, as well as a black croc­o­dile leather jacket lined with aramid car­bon equipped with three jew­ellery slid­ers for each zip closure, which acts as a com­pan­ion piece (fruit of the col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kar­maloog). The watch has shiny 18-carat white gold case and is em­bel­lished

by 380 baguette di­a­monds set and ar­ranged to look like scales, which cover case, dial and clasp. The dial alone has some 102 baguette-cut di­a­monds (4.3 carats), and an open­ing at 6 o’clock to show the fan­tas­tic tour­bil­lon of the move­ment, a cal­i­bre HUB6016. The case is 45 mm in di­am­e­ter, and also adorned with 234 baguette-cut di­a­monds (7-6 carats). A model with a mil­lion-dollar price tag! Franck Muller Van­guard World Timer V 45 HU GMT com­bines cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy with ex­treme de­sign. The cen­tre of the dial has brushed sun-ray dec­o­ra­tion and is adorned with a map of the world di­vided into the 24 of­fi­cial time zones; with au­to­matic me­chan­i­cal move­ment, 28,800 vi­bra­tions/ hour, 170 com­po­nents, 23 ru­bies. The FP Chronomètr­e à Res­o­nance Retrospect­ive has an ex­treme-pre­ci­sion move­ment, de­vel­oped by François-Paul Journe, with two bal­ances, each one al­ter­nately serv­ing as an “ex­citer” and a “res­onator”, which, when in mo­tion, en­ter into harmony thanks to the res­o­nance phe­nom­e­non. Only with the joy­ous name of Al­le­gra 25 (the daugh­ter of Fawaz Gru­osi) could the de Griso­gono mai­son cre­ate such a flow­ing visual ef­fect for a watch that is ef­fort­lessly fem­i­nine. A sub­tle play on vol­umes, con­trasts and per­spec­tives re­veals 29 pol­ished or di­a­mond-set rings en­twined around the dial at 3 and 9 o’clock. The dar­ing off­set mother-of pearl or di­a­mond-pavé dial is the shim­mer­ing face of a 41.7mm jew­ellery time­piece that com­bines the ra­di­ance of gold with the mag­netic ap­peal ex­uded by 4.80 carats of al­ter­nately snow-set and bezel-set gems. Em­body­ing the ul­ti­mate tie bind­ing the watch to the wrist is de Griso­gono's sig­na­ture galuchat strap. The con­stant search for pre­ci­sion and beauty lands at the port of fine watch­mak­ing, while imag­i­na­tion races along with cre­ativ­ity. Be­cause hori­zons are in­fi­nite. And ca­denced by watch hands.

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