The intricate little wheels and gears that make a watch are a fascinating study. Have a look at some of these haute horlogerie pieces which have taken watchmaking to another level
By: LuxuryFacts Team
Posted on: August 10, 2010
The bouquet of Tutti Frutti watches by Hublot is enriched with playful colours and sturdy materials. These lemon, apple, rose, purple, orange and blue watches are available with a steel case and a mother of pearl dial. Each of them come with an elegant matching alligator strap, made more flexible and comfortable by an inner layer of rubber. Baguette-cut topazes, sapphires, amethysts or tsavorites adorn the dial of each Big Bang, in harmony with its colour scheme.
Full of subtlety, the exuberance of these ultra-feminine Big Bang watches cannot fail to charm. The watch retains its mechanical chronograph movement with automatic winding, as well as its natural rubber strap in the same colours. The strap adapts to small and large wrists of 41 or 44 mm! The watch is water resistant to 100m.
Price: INR 10,00,000
Available at: Kapoor Watch Co. (New Delhi); Time Avenue, Rose, Times of Lord, The Prime Luxury Watch Boutique, and Beyond Luxury in Mumbai; Beyond Luxury and The Helvetica in Chennai; Luxury Time in Ahmedabad, Meena Jewellers in Hyderabad; Rodeo Drive and Zimson Swiss Watch Boutique in Bangalore; and Exclusive Lines in Kolkata
The Admiral’s Cup Black Chronograph 40 has the makings of greatness. Loyal to the aesthetic design of this collection, this watch proudly bears a 12-sided case and nautical pennant hour-markers. Featuring a 40 mm diameter well suited to ladies’ wrists, the watch is equipped with a self winding chronograph that asserts its sporting nature, while clothed in intense black and 66 diamonds that proclaim its feminine spirit.
Both the interpretations of the Admiral’s Cup Black Chronograph 40, one with a white dial and the other with a black dial, are water-resistant to 100 meters and fitted with a black vulcanized rubber strap. Issued in limited numbers of 355 for the black dial version and 155 of the model with white dial, this impressive has a timeless design based on striking contrasts.
Price: INR 6,20,000
Available at: Johnson Watch Co. (New Delhi); Exclusive Lines (Kolkata); Beyond Luxury, Swiss Boulevard and Time Avenue (Mumbai); Rodeo Drive and Zimson (Bangalore); The Helvetica (Chennai); and Luxury Time (Ahmedabad)
Platinum denotes the highest prestige in fine watchmaking. Vacheron Constantin, thus, gives full honour to this precious metal by choosing it to encase the complicated movements of three models introduced in 2010. The Patrimony Traditionnelle “Calibre 2253” is an outstanding timepiece.
In addition to the tourbillon escapement, it includes astronomical complications like the perpetual calendar, the times of sunrise and sunset and the equation of time.
Only 10 numbered pieces will be produced in this limited edition. The Patrimony Traditionnelle “Calibre 2755” watch excels both technically and stylistically. It combines the tourbillon and the perpetual calendar with a minute-repeater that features an original and completely silent mechanism to pace the strike.
The third model is the Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph Perpetual Calendar “Calibre 1141QP”. It brings together a chronograph and a perpetual calendar driven by a highly regarded hand-wound movement. The Calibre 1141 is an exceptional design that has been used in some of the best chronographs.
Price: On request
Available at: Mumbai: Dia, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower and Time Avenue in Mumbai; Vacheron Constantin Boutique in DLF Emporio and Johnson & Co in New Delhi; The Helvetica - Swiss Watch Boutique in Chennai; and Dia: The Westin in Pune.
The Cat’s Eye line created in 2004 was so innovative that it won several "watch of the year" prizes. The 2010 novelty, the Bi-retro, is the true to the spirit of Cat’s Eye. It is a magnificent combination between an elegant, creative, feminine design and the ultimate in watchmaking expertise.
A fun and innovative combination of complications, the movement offers a retrograde second, day of the week retrograde indicator, moon-phases and date indicator. Its dial is the fruit of painstaking mother-of-pearl marquetry work. The case is made of pink gold and set with 68 diamonds, while the dial is set with six diamonds and the crown with onyx.
Price: INR 13,00,000
Available at: Johnson Watch Co in New Delhi and The Prime Luxury Watch Boutique in Mumbai
Breitling has created a model blending the legendary quality of its “instruments for professionals” with an ultra-feminine design inspired by the world of luxury aviation. The mechanical movement of the sporty, versatile and refined Galactic 36 Automatic is housed within a generous steel case.
The bezel displays its exclusive numerals engraved on a polished or satin-brushed background. The exquisitely crafted dial is available in six colours. Versions featuring mother-of-pearl and diamonds lend an especially glamorous touch. These watches are available with a choice of leather, crocodile leather or lizard skin straps, or a steel bracelet. The tough watch is characterised by a blend of sophisticated elegance and superb technical performance.
Price: INR 2,20,000
Available at: Kapoor Watch Co. in New Delhi; Ethos Summit, Times of Lord and Time Avenue in Mumbai; Rodeo Drive in Bangalore; The Helvetica in Chennai; and Exclusive Lines in Kolkata