There is no better gift than the gift of time – especially when it looks as fantastic as these special timepieces from some of the world’s most accomplished horologists.
Ulysse Nardin marks 175 years of perfecting its craft with seven new Marine Torpilleur models. We particularly like the Moonphase Blue with automatic movement, limited to 300 pieces. The stainless steel polished and satin-finish case is 42 mm in diameter and 11.13 mm in height and features an open sapphire case back. The blue sun brushed PVD dial reveals double counters with power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, and small seconds and moon disc at 6 o’clock. The Marine Torpilleur Moonphase Blue is available with a blue or brown alligator leather strap.
Step back in stylish time with the 42 mm Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition from German watchmaker Glashütte Original. Functions include hour, minute, small second, second stop and chronograph with stop-second and 30-minute counter. The dial is green/black varnish with dégradé effect, white Arabic numerals and incised hour markers with luminous dots. Rodshaped hands feature Super-LumiNova inlays. Thecrystal is anti-reflective on both sides with an open case back.
The 42.3 mm Streamliner Perpetual Calendar evokes visions of the high-speed trains of the 1930s with its perfectly rounded curves. The hand-wound HMC 812 caliber includes a direct-drive central hand tracking seconds. Indices indicate the months via a small red and white central hand. It has a power reserve of 168 hours, displayed at 10 o’clock on the dial via an indicator. At 4 o’clock, a window indicates the date, in large format, thanks to two superimposed discs which operate one after the other, from 1 to 15 then from 16 to 31. Aligned on the crown, the date window is positioned at an unusual angle, which required the numerals to be tilted to 26°. The date changes in a flash at midnight thanks to the “Flash Calendar” instantaneous date-change mechanism, and it can be adjusted forwards or backwards at any time of day. In constant pursuit of minimalism, the leap year indicator is located on the movement side.
Tribute 1 from Armin Strom features an off-center dial displaying hours, minutes and seconds. The dial is an adjacent plate with grenage finish reflecting the hue of the dial from one shade to another as the light changes. The crown is located at 2 o’clock to provide the most comfortable experience. The in-house Calibre AMW21 delivers a 100-hour power reserve and, as is particular to the house, all components are hand-finished.
Parmigiani Fleurier celebrates a quarter century with the sartorial savvy of its Tonda PF Collection. The 42 mm Tonda PF Chronograph features the 5 Hz Caliber PF070 in a 22ct rose gold case. An integrated, high frequency column wheel movement powers small seconds and two registers on the thin guilloche dial. The pushers have been fused with the profile of the Tonda PF Chronograph’s lugs.
The sizable self-winding Globetrotter with its 45 mm case, now in steel, adds to the lineage of precision timekeeping instruments John Arnold created for the British Navy in the 18th century. The tonal blue, lacquered dial with sunburst decoration is an exclusive series of only 88 pieces. The case forms a continuous line from the strap to the sapphire crystal dome suspended above the dial. This large transparent hemisphere follows the line of the steel arch bridge. The arch is open worked with a satin finish on all its flat surfaces, chamfered and polished by hand. The slender chords rest on two feet fixed with screws, like a bridge spanning across half of the world.
Richard Mille’s 80-piece limited edition RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Les Voiles de St Barth assists its namesake superyacht haven by donating all the proceeds to local causes on the island. The automatic-winding movement RMAC2 calibre powers this timepiece for 55 hours. A flyback chronograph and oversize date display at 12 o’clock and month indicator are joined by a 60-minute countdown timer at 9 o’clock combined with the 24-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock.
The limited edition of 22 of UR-100V T-Rex timepieces from Urwerk feature satellite wandering hours and a new type of self-winding system in a 41 mm solid bronze case that has undergone three successive treatments. The orbit of hours replicates Earth’s journey. Once the red pointer of the satellite hours has completed its 60-minute journey, it reappears to show the distance our planet has traveled.
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