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i_3003_1GRAFF | Diamond GyroGraff
The perfect union of watchmaking and jewellery, this new timepiece from Graff shines the spotlight on a gyroscopic moon phase and a double-axis tourbillon, no less. The bezel is embellished with a mosaic of diamonds in a stunning and patented invisible setting, the work of the jeweller’s master craftsmen using a technique which took one year to perfect. This sculptural composition is formed by three rows of diamonds, with two triangular diamonds surrounding a hexagonal diamond. A triangular emerald lends the ultimate prestige to the guilloché dial, while another diamond adorns the crown at 2 o’clock. The Diamond GyroGraff is proposed in two iterations, in pink gold or in white gold, each a limited series of 20.
i_2996_1DUBEY & SCHALDENBRAND | coeur Blanc
First the heart, the beating force of life. Then white, symbol of delicacy and purity. Next the diamonds, because they are eternal. Individually baguette-cut, these precious stones combine to form a unique composition around the tourbillon, one of watchmaking’s most demanding complications. Their beauty is exalted by an invisible setting, a meticulous technique that requires rare skill. Thus the diamonds seem to float on the dial, as though nothing holds them there but their own power of seduction. They capture the light, illuminate the bezel with their sparkle, embrace the caseband, form one with the attachments, twinkle like stars on the crown, and come to a dazzling conclusion on the buckle of the strap.
i_3001_1FREDERIQUE CONSTANT | Classics Manufacture Worldtimer
The companion to long-distance travellers, the Classics Manufacture Worldtimer is driven by one of the most complex movements ever made by Frederique Constant: the FC-718 calibre. Yet the true genius of this watch is its simplicity of use, with all the functions commanded by the crown. The wearer can read, at a glance, time in 24 major world cities simultaneously around the dial. And so as never to lose track with home as he criss-crosses the globe, the 24-hour disc includes a day/night indicator. The date, meanwhile, can be read from the elegant counter that is swept by a hand at 6 o’clock.
i_2998_1EPOS | Epos 3419
The latest opus in the Oeuvre d’Art collection from Epos, this mechanical prodigy assembles different aspects of watchmaking in which the brand has excelled for close to a century. This ingenious and fascinating Reference 3419 can be carried as a pocket watch, worn as a wristwatch, or time can be completely concealed. As befits such an exclusive timepiece, it is proposed as a limited series of 222 pieces for each rendition of the dial – dark grey, blue or silver. Its heart beats to the semi-skeletonised Unitas 6498 calibre. The beauty of the movement finishes can be admired through the transparent case back, while a foretaste of these mechanical wonders is given on the dial side, through an opening which reveals the balance wheel at 8 o’clock.
i_3006_1HAMILTON | Khaki X-Wind Limited Edition
With its drift angle calculator built into a highly contemporary design, the new Khaki X-Wind Limited Edition powerfully reaffirms Hamilton’s ties with the world of aviation. Ready to brave any crosswinds it may meet, it should establish itself as a new must-have for seasoned or budding pilots. Its three-dimensional dial invites the gaze to engage in a fascinating exploration, wandering from the chronograph counters to the day/date apertures, and around the graduations on the rotating bezel. Directly inspired by aircraft instruments, this limited edition is powered by an extremely powerful Hamilton “engine” – a mechanical automatic movement with a 60-hour power reserve.
i_2991_1CLERC | Hydroscaph Limited Edition Central Chronograph
The most spectacular means of measuring success. Two central hands providing an original short-time display mode: such is the exclusive solution showcased by Clerc Genève in the Hydroscaph Limited Edition Central Chronograph. The first central sweep-seconds hand indicates the chronograph seconds, while its twin shows the minutes. This innovative display ensures exceptional readability for an instrument that tolerates no aesthetic or technical compromises. A prestigious timepiece designed for short-time measurements, the Hydroscaph Limited Edition Central Chronograph is the most spectacular means of celebrating success.
i_3019_1TF EST 1968 | T-Mechanic Open Side Cufflinks

 

TF Est. 1968 is defined by movement and a fun spirit. True to form, it puts a new twist on its famous watch-inspired cufflinks. This time all is revealed thanks to a tube in PPMA glass with sapphire treatment, made to withstand scratching and any other form of aggression. It reveals fragments of an authentic watch movement, vertically-mounted inside the tube. After all, vertical is in vogue! In an amazingly short space of time, TF Est. 1968 cufflinks, along with other accessories such as coordinating pens, key holders, even watches, have carved out a place at over 500 points of sale worldwide, not least at prestigious watch and jewellery retailers. The man behind this success story is Freddy Tschumi, a firm believer in Swiss craftsmanship. Of German quality, the clip closure is stable with a reassuringly frank click. The flowing, polished curves respect the most luxurious fabrics, whether a man’s shirt or a woman’s blouse. In steel, pink-gold plated and black PVD.
i_2993_1DA VINDICE GENEVE | The Tourbillon Barometer
Da Vindice introduces an authentic feat combining a barometer and a tourbillon within a watch mechanism. The hermetically sealed capsule with a partial vacuum is influenced by variations in atmospheric pressure. Its movements are mechanically expressed through indications appearing at 6 o’clock on the dial. The tourbillon topped with a fleur de lys, the brand emblem, spins airily at the centre of this fascinating model, while the small seconds appear around the rim of its carriage.
i_3023_1ZEITWINKEL | 188°
While this latest creation from Zeitwinkel is distinguished by its understated elegance and its design inspired by pocket watches, the 188° model also highlights the refinement and expertise inherent in Swiss styling and quality. The galvanic rhodium dial, the off-centred seconds at 6 o’clock and the date window at 3 o’clock also testify to this harmonious tradition. Lending a subtly innovative touch, the modestly sized 39 mm-diameter case houses an automatic Manufacture movement, the ZW0102 calibre. Three other black, silver and blue versions are available. A result that will delight aficionados!
i_3025_1HORA NOVA AHCI | Collection Jean Kazes – Explorer
Custodian of a unique expertise, Jean Kazes has created legendary clocks that are in fact mechanical sculptures. To ensure these marvels are not forgotten, he is passing on the intricacies of his art to another member of the Watchmaking Academy of Independent Creators (AHCI), Vincent Calabrese. Perpetuating such a work is an exciting and yet daunting challenge. The collaboration between these two virtuoso horologists with golden fingers has given rise to the Explorer clock. This entirely mechanical and hand-crafted timepiece displays the hours and minutes. Other models issued in small limited series or as one-of-a-kind creations may be fitted with striking mechanisms or other additional complications on request.
i_3018_1TECHNOTIME | TT 791
Quality is the keynote in the movements offered by Technotime and which stem from relentless hard work guided by a constant quest for performance along with appropriate structural investments. Witness the TT 791 mechanical calibre featuring a tourbillon and equipped with twin barrels – as indeed are all the company’s mechanical movements. This highly adaptable mechanism may house other complications such as a power-reserve indicator, a retrograde date or any other specific module developed by clients. Equipped with Technotime balance-springs, the TT 791 calibre displays excellent timekeeping performances enabling it to be configured in such a way as to earn COSC chronometer certification. The Tourbillon TT 791 combines performance with a level of reliability tested by the 2011 International Chronometry Competition, in which Technotime won a noteworthy third place.