Trends Of Time
Want a view of world-time on your wrist? These watches are perfect for the fashionable jetsetter. Keep track of multiple time zones at once and expect your timepiece to be bang on—till the next century at least.
•The wise folk at Breitling timed it just right, bagging two trends with one timepiece. Adopting its stylish looks from a timepiece of the past (a 1950s Breitling watch), the Transocean Chronograph Unitime, thanks to its double disk, offers its wearer the ability to read the time in 24 different time zones at once. Even better, the city bezel is available in several languages.
•It has been described as wrist couture. The Dior Christal 8 Fuseaux Horaires 38mm Automatic bedazzles with white sapphire crystal inserts, a rotating bezel set with diamonds, white mother-of-pearl dial, golden oscillating weight… It displays eight time zones simultaneously, making this limited-edition of 100 a must-buy.
•White opaline dial, bezel set with 68 diamonds, shiny alligator straps…the Patek Philippe Ladies Perpetual Calendar 7140R is for women who love the notion of forever. For that is how long the ultra-slim perpetual calendar timepiece will remain accurate (till 2100, promises the Geneva-based company). The watch presents eight indications: hour, minute, date, day of the week, month, leap-year cycle, 24-hour subdial and moon phases.
Fantastical designs, whimsical shapes and an abundance of bling—bejewelled watches are making a sparkling statement, albeit with a quirky twist.
•It wraps around your wrist like a second skin in a sparkle of diamonds and emeralds. One of the most iconic watches, the Bvlgari Serpenti bedazzles with 386 diamonds and 388 emeralds, and that’s just on the bracelet. The dial features another 27 diamonds and 34 emeralds, while the white gold case is adorned with 172 diamonds and two malachites making up the eyes of the serpent—a symbol of eternal youth and immortality. Now, who wouldn’t want that!
•Piaget have always been makers of extravagant watches and the Limelight Garden Party watch from the Rose Collection is bedazzling proof of this. Appearing as though picked from a garden of diamonds, this naturalistic jewellery timepiece’s 18K white gold casing is set with 668 brilliant-cut diamonds, while the bracelet boasts of 253 brilliant-cut diamonds. Floral magnificence!
•It may not be as high on the bling factor as its counterparts on this page, but the Happy Fish collection from Chopard sure puts a smile on our face. Depicting the colourful underwater kingdom, it has delicate moving clownfish, set with yellow sapphires, tsavorites, rubies and onyxes, juxtaposed against an ocean of blue tones. Bezel set with diamonds, crown with blue sapphire, this quirky timepiece can even make it on a coral reef dive—it is water-resistant up to 30 metres.
Turning back time seems to be the top trend this season, with watch companies paying tribute to their original masterpieces.
•Racing back to the past is the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 17 Chronograph Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Limited Edition watch. Originally designed by Jack Heuer for professional drivers and motor-racing enthusiasts and worn by legends like Carlos Reutemann, Niki Lauda and Mario Andretti, this new, vintage-inspired Carrera looks every bit like its 1960s counterpart.
•It was the first watch to orbit Earth back in the 1960s—3rd October 1962, to be precise. The Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space commemorates the 50th anniversary of astronaut Wally Schirra wearing his personal Speedmaster during the Mercury Atlas 8 mission. Built in the original’s image, this Speedmaster is a numbered edition collection.
•Montblanc’s blast from the past comes in the form of the Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Automatic—a timepiece that pays tribute to the inventor of the world’s first chronograph. A name bestowed with the honour of writing the history of time (chronograph is derived from the Greek words ‘chronos’ meaning time and ‘graphein’ for writing), Nicolas Rieussec’s 1821 invention gave time-tellers accuracy and reliability. The first mechanical movement manufactured in Montblanc’s workshops took its inspiration from this invention and, today, Montblanc’s limited-edition of 25 pieces pays homage to this horological history.
Watchmakers go back to black for this hottest of horological trends. High-tech treatments, spurts of subtle hues and bursts of bling complete this stylishly dark fad.
•Fawaz Gruosi, the President and CEO of de Grisogono, has been renowned for placing the black diamond at the top of the international jewellery scene. So it comes as little surprise that he should place black in the centre of his timepieces. The Black Forever collection bedazzles with black diamonds and other dark materials. Truly iconic.
•It is the thinnest high-tech ceramic watch in the market. The Rado True Thinline’s structure wraps your wrist in lightweight elegance. The collection features clear coloured indexes on its dial, which is replaced by diamonds in the Jubilé version. Black strap completes the black-on-black look.
•Painting it black with striking and seductive notes is Raymond Weil with their Freelancer Urban Black timepiece. The chronograph’s case is coated in black PVD, it has a black, galvanic, opaline dial and the strap is of semi-matt, black calfskin. The only thing not black is the garnet red numbers and hands, which add a bold eye-catching twist to this elegant watch.
Traditional crafts, talented watchmakers and hours of unwavering concentration lend themselves to these limited-edition timepieces that are a blend of high-end watchmaking and fine art.
•Diamonds bedeck the plumage of the exotic bird, but their brilliance is subdued next to the exceptional art of enamelling in the Ulysse Nardin Classico Lady. Every single detail of this timepiece, right from its white gold case set with round brilliant diamonds to the sapphire caseback and blue leather strap, revolves around calling attention to the horological art on the dial. Imagery at its impressive best!
•You will certainly be in fine feather once you’ve adorned this elegant watch on your wrist. Unveiled at Baselworld, Harry Winston’s Premium Feathers expresses beauty in its purest form. The collection features four models whose dials are decorated with marquetry in the tradition of feather art—an art form used to embellish the headwear and other finery of royalty. Of course, since this artistic creation is made of actual feather, each dial of every watch is unique and each model exudes its own personality.
•Talk about fine art and watchmaking and you can’t afford to ignore Vacheron Constantin, the watchmakers known for their technical mastery and aesthetic elegance. Now, a new trilogy has been added to their renowned Metiers d’Art collection, called Les Univers Infinis, which incorporates many of the company’s honed decorative skills: gem-setting, enamelling, engraving and guilloche work. The beautiful trio of the Starfish Watch (with its seashore theme of shells and starfishes), Fish Watch (depicting the infinity of the ocean with intertwining fish) and the Dove Watch (that has an infinite pattern of doves in flight) is limited to only 20 pieces each.This article first appeared in the August 2012 issue of Hi! BLITZ