The dance of the hours
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.