Watches Dec 18,2016
10 VIBRANT WATCHES WE WANT FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Just like jewellery, watches are always a prime gift idea. Ring in the festive cheer and please your most loved ones with these vibrant horological masterpieces, all of them on point for this season.
Patek Philippe plays the symphony with their latest range of minute repeaters. The Manufacture has chosen a single, characteristic colour to represent each temperate season. Naturally, when one envisions the changing colours of Autumn, red comes to mind. This Autumn Symphony timepiece features rubies cut in brilliants, marquises, and baguettes appearing on the dial and bezel and contrasted by the sparkling whites of diamonds.
Skeleton watches are a sight to behold, with details only a true watch connoisseur can appreciate and admire. But Breguet’s new Tradition Dame 7038 manages to combine that same exposure with class and simplicity. The timepiece is kept clean by introducing symmetrical proportions of different reds on a clean 18K white gold slate and frosted white movement. It features brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel to complete the piece, and a self-winding movement, capable of a 50-hour power reserve.
In the Metiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements, Vacheron Constantin provides a canvas for the brand’s talented artisans. Paying tribute to distinct motifs of different cultures, the Ottoman Architecture timepiece brings together sensuous curves interrupted by rigid angles, produced by hand-chamfered 18K rose gold, and embellished with half pearls. The timepiece is completed by a diamond-set bezel.
Montblanc’s Boheme collection’s signature round, sensuous curve is now home to another complication, the ExoTourbillon, the first in a Montblanc ladies’ timepiece. Both the weight and height of the MB M29.24 calibre are minimal, resulting in an ultra slim, lightweight haute horology piece. What’s more, the Boheme ExoTourbillon Slim jewellery piece is finished with 202 diamonds, adorning the dial and bezel.
Who doesn’t love a piece of jewellery that is both beautiful and multi-functional? Cartier’s Les Indomptables de Cartier brooch watch, Crocodile Décor, is exactly that. The brand turns a timepiece into an emerald lake for a bejewelled crocodile to come and go. The dial is enamelled in a crocodile scale motif, and similarly, the leaves are in enamel finish. The timepiece and brooch are crafted out of 18K yellow gold, set with brilliant-cut diamonds, and run by a quartz movement. Limited to 50 pieces only.
Agenhor, a watch manufacturer that has worked with many prestigious jewellery houses, teamed up with Fabergé the second time around to produce the Fabergé Lady Libertine I. The watch features individual, hand-carved emerald stones on the dial, contrasted with polished, snow-set ones. The mosaic recreates the geographic relief of said emerald mine, and uses fine gold filigree to outline the riverbanks. The piece serves as a reminder of the place where the very materials were obtained.
Coined as Master Chronometer, the Globemaster is the first watch to be tested and approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology, and can endure magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss. The piece now comes in a limited-edition Globemaster Annual Calendar colourway, featuring Omega’s iconic pan-pie dial, green enamelled hour markers, and fluted bezel. The piece is complemented by a savoury green leather strap.
Featuring the same distinguished curvée cintrex casing, the Casablanca timepieces are a sober refinement compared to their predecessors. A self-winding mechanical movement is encapsulated within stainless steel, treated with a PVD coating. The piece tells the hours, minutes, seconds, and the date through a small aperture at 6 o’clock. But Franck Muller has not completely ditched their raison d’etre — a sense of fun still peeks through the distinct numerals and the vibrant colour.
Artistic Director of Hermes, Henri d’Origny, drew inspiration from the brand’s prominent Chanie d’Ancre to create the Hermes Cape Cod timepieces. By cleverly placing a seemingly levitating square within a rectangle bezel, along with the Double Tour strap created and popularised by Martin Margiela, the watch became a classic and a signature for the brand. The distinct design turns 25 this year, and was revisited in bright colours to celebrate the occasion. This lime piece features an opaline-silvered dial and runs by a quartz movement.
In the Fall of 1947, Christian Dior and his team set out to create a gown with countless pleats, called the Ondine. Today, the dress lives on in 12 one-of-a-kind timepieces. By carefully sculpting 18K yellow gold into different angles, and catching the light at different spots, the dial looks to be fluid — as the dress once was. The piece features the self-winding Dior Inversé 11 ½ calibre, and is encrusted with white diamonds on an 18K yellow gold casing.