Friday, 31 August 2007

Breitling Wings

Part of the Nightflight collection, this is the first choice of top sportsmen. Bearing sport-oriented elegance with a screw-locked back, sapphire crystal, it is water-resistant to 100 metres. Available in 18-carat gold with leather, sharkskin or alligator strap or Pilot metal bracelet.

Thursday, 30 August 2007

Corum Golden Bridge

A masterpiece, with 18-carat gold mechanical movement. A successful assembly of the mobile parts and wheels of a miniature movement in linear composition with transparent stone case. Available with leather or gold strap or as a pendant.

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Oris Regulator Tonneau

Minutes are shown from the dial centre, with its mechanical movement housed in stainless steel PVD gold-plated case. It is water-resistant to 30 metres with luminous indices protected by spherical-cut mineral crystal.

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Chopard Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Automatic movement with power reserve of 43 hours, guilloche dial and displays of day, date, month, year, seasons and moonphases. Water-resistant up to 50 metres.

Monday, 27 August 2007

Maurice Lacroix Calypso Collection

Square case retains Calypso-style but is more streamlined. With Swiss quartz movement in a stainless steel case, it is water-resistant to 100 metres. Lady's version has mother-of-pearl dial.

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Omega Seamaster Professional Lady Diver's Watch

In 18-carat gold and steel for women with quartz movement, blue dial, skeleton hands with tritium, anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and water-resistant to 300 metres.

Saturday, 25 August 2007

John Lassale Stainless Steel Chrono "GS"

A steel version of the successful 18-carat gold model chronograph for men, the GS is named after the Geneva Seahawks American football team. A true sports watch with mechanical automatic movement, sapphire crystal and water-resistant to 30 metres.

Friday, 24 August 2007

Zenith Chrono-Master

A collection of six automatic pieces in gold or steel with numbered certificates from the Swiss Chronometer Institute. It contains the El Primero movement with 31 rubies, day, month and moon phase displays, water-resistant to 30 metres with see-through case back.

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Bvlgari Trika

The name means braid in ancient Greek, representative of its unusual braided workmanship. The Bvlgari Trika is the latest in its range of jewellery watches, with a square case and rounded edges. Its crystal is sapphire and convex with a bracelet of extraordinary flexibility and softness - a breakaway from the first Bvlgari watches with rigid bracelets. The dial is a gold circle with pave diamonds. Trika comes in four versions including one in 18-carat gold with diamonds covering its entire surface. All versions have a classic Girard-Perregaux quartz movement.

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Blancpain Moonphase

More than any other watch manufacturer, Blancpain has resisted the temptation to produce a quartz watch, expressing their maxim thus: "There has never been a quartz Blancpain and there never will be." The contemporary Blancpain Moonphase carries the stamp of craftsmanship laid down more than two centuries ago and has remained unchanged in concept. Each piece is hand-made by one watchmaker who puts his stamp on it.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The Royal Oak was created in 1972 in honour of the three Royal Navy battleships named for Charles II's hiding place when he was defeated in battle by Oliver Cromwell. The Quantieme Perpetual produced in 1984 is much sought after.

Monday, 20 August 2007

Jaeger-LeCoultre's Reverso

With its reversible watch face, Jaeger-LeCoultre's Reverso was the first true sports watch. Born in 1931, it proved to be the perfect solution for those in search for a time piece that was both functional as a sports and dress watch. Mounted on a solid base plate, the watch face can be rotated 180 degrees by a catch. To make Reverso a personalised momento, engraving of the owner's name, an important date or family crest can be done on the bland inner face. Each watch case is skillfully machined from a block of 18k gold and hand-polished.

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Piaget

Piaget has the distinction of being the leaders in jewelled timepieces of meticulous workmanship that is still practised at the same factory in La Cote-aux-Fees in the Swiss Jura Mountains since its inception a century ago. In the 1950s, Piaget invented the ultra-flat watch, a technological feat that has never been matched. Only 2.33mm thick, it is the flattest in the world then.

Piaget's workmen are skilled in their creation of watches with mother-of-pearl coral, lapis azuli, malachite and onyx faces and in the most unexpected shapes. Each is a superb mosaic of light, making brilliant use of reflections from exotic cat's eye, jade and opal.

While other traditional Swiss watchmakers shuddered at the advent of quartz, Piaget showed its forward-thinking philosophy by taming this crystal. The first watchmaker to offer haute-jewellery watches with a quartz movement, it was an audacious move that proved its spirit of innovation and understanding of the modern market.

Piaget's Aura Black Tie watch for men is a stunning creation in 18k gold and completely studded with 135 diamonds requiring 2,300 hours to make.

Piaget is also well-armed for the 21st century. Its Memorised Complication is a unique feature in the world of watchmaking - a memory that is able to record the passage of time and programmed until the year 2100. Even when it is not ticking, the watch continues to register the passage of time. This has been incorporated into two of Piaget's best-selling collections - the Tanagra and Dancer watches.

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Baume et Mercier Forum

Established in 1830, Baume et Mercier became a sister company of Piaget in the 1960s. Among the few pioneers of traditional Swiss watchmakers, its metier is in classic timepieces and sports watches with the Forum in particular offering astonishing features. Easily distinguished by its 18k gold bezel engraved with four Roman numerals, it comes in two versions, polished or set with diamonds and both water-resistant to a depth of 30 metres.

Cartier Santos

Named after the Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, this watch takes 300 separate operations to assemble the watchcase and bracelet, with an accuracy to 100th of a millimetre. Ornamented with precision screws and offering a luxurious degree of technical perfection, Santos has seven interpretations, each a variation of form, the materials and the technical features. An engraved identification number and Cartier's signature is the Santos' lifetime pedigree.

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Sarcar Magic Moon

The mysterious and beguiling Magic Moon from Sarcar has a cluster of sparkling patterns that turn in harmony at the slightest movement of the wrist. Drawing its inspiraton from the Chinese yin-yang symbol, the upper design can also be of a heart, an animal, the emblem of the wearer's favourite sport or initials. It is available in gold, white gold or in steel/gold.

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Thorr

Thorr, which wears the name of the Norse god of Thunder and power, combines sophisticated technology and avant-garde design. Its face emits light according to the ambient light and its base is made of special metallised crystal locked by a screwed-on water-resistant ring making it water-resistant to a depth of 100 metres. Its features are complemented by the functions of a chronograph and is available in three sizes, all with a green dial.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Vacheron Constantin Les Complications

Les Complications is Vacheron Constantin's way of putting time as its most complex on display in its grandest finery. A masterpiece of mechanical wizardry, its arabesques are revealed by two limpid sapphire windows. The perpetual calendar with moonphase is equipped with ingenious correctors that allow instant updating of the various functions. This limited edition is numbered individually and available in 18-carat gold and 950 platinum.

Monday, 13 August 2007

Patek Philippe La Flamme

The original designs were based on the drawings of an anonymous 19th century craftsman. Drawn by the beauty and distinction of the drawings, Patek Philippe expanded on them and produced the La Flamme collection, a line of 18-carat gold ladies' watches.

The La Flamme collection consists of four models, each with a quartz movement and with humidity protection. The simplest watch comprises the exclusive La Flamme (flame-patterned) 18-carat gold link bracelet and twisted-gold hands on a white dial.

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Alfred Dunhill Millennium

Combining the latest quartz technology and precision craftsmanship for over 60 years, Alfred Dunhill created the Millennium in 1982. Functional and elegant, Millennium’s smooth rounded lines of hand-finished case is complemented by a flawless gold-plated, stainless steel bezel.

The hand-worked white enamel, black or champagne dials are highlighted by meticulously applied Roman numerals or exquisite Top Wesselton VVS diamonds.

Gold & Gold

Gerald Genta's creations are perfect illustrations of the traditional link between the twin art of the jeweller and watch-maker and Gold & Gold is no exception. With traditional watch-making movement, Gold & Gold is designed to have separate dials indicating the day, date, month and phases of the moon. The gold moon lying on a lapis lazuli literally moves accordingly to the 28-day cycle, which shows the cycle of the moon. A leap year is indicated automatically on the watch by a blue marker on the month dial.

Saturday, 11 August 2007

Da Vinci

In pursuit for the ideals of scientific truth and beauty, the International Watch Co. created Da Vinci, the first mechanical wristwatch to measure, automatically, the time in seconds, minutes and hours, as well as the position of the moon and the date - weekday, month and year. It is programmed to run for 513 years without adjustments.

Ebel Voyager

Inspired by the basic philosophy of combining high technology with fine design and the best materials, Ebel’s Voyager is an ingenious innovation that enables the wearer to tell the time of any part of the world. The local time is indicated by standard hands and world time by a 24-hour dial ring, coupled with a rotating bezel inscribed with the names of major cities, which moves counter-clockwise in perfect synchronisation.

Friday, 10 August 2007

The Movado Museum Watch

It captivated the world with its sleek simplicity - a single gold dot floating on a black numberless face at 12 o’clock position. The single dot symbolises infinity and perpetual movement, a notion of the ancient sundial and the need to see time go round in orbit.

Created by Nathan George Howitt in 1947, the Movado Museum Watch is not only a pure expression of the Bauhaus concept of designing, but also the only watch to be on permanent display at the New York Museum of Modern Art, since the 1950s.

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