WATCH­MAK­ING 2.0

It’s time to re­think the anatomy of a classic wrist­watch.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - The De­sign Is­sue - By CELINE YAP Pho­tos YOUENN. B, ETI­ENNE DELAC­RE­TAZ, DE­NIS HAY­OUN

Whether me­chan­i­cal or quartz, a typ­i­cal wrist­watch is made up of a few stan­dard com­po­nents that are as­sem­bled in a precise man­ner. On the out­side is the case which is made up of the case band or case mid­dle, the bezel with crys­tal on top, the case­back un­der­neath, and the crown and push but­tons on the sides. Within this struc­ture sits the move­ment, a labyrinth of in­di­vid­ual parts num­ber­ing any­where from over 100 to sev­eral hun­dreds, se­cured with cas­ing rings. A dial with hands of­ten sits un­der the crys­tal above the move­ment, and straps are ei­ther at­tached to the lugs or in­te­grated with the case.

This is the core struc­ture of a classic wrist­watch. For bet­ter or worse, it’s the one that works and the one that is al­most uni­ver­sally fol­lowed – al­most be­cause there are al­ways brands try­ing to be dif­fer­ent. Most re­cently, brands such as Richard Mille, Aude­mars Piguet and Pi­aget have suc­cess­fully un­veiled all-new de­signs that may al­ter your per­cep­tion of lux­ury watches for­ever.

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