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i_3041_1CHOPARD | L.U.C 1937 Classic
For Chopard’s 150th anniversary in 2010, the Manufacture introduced a limited edition of the L.U.C 1937 model, a mechanical tribute to the horological heritage of the House. This timepiece firmly anchored in the tradition of classic, timeless watches, now returns in an 18K rose gold version with a satin-brushed silver-tone dial. At the heart of the case that has been subtly redesigned and refined while remaining true to the original spirit, beats the Chopard Manufacture L.U.C 01.01-L calibre, a high-performing mechanical gem chronometer-certified by the COSC.
i_3042_1REVELATION | R04 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial®
Rarely has a brand so fully lived up to its name. A single concept underlies each Revelation watch: that of a dial that reveals all or casts a veil of mystery. The wearer decides. Thanks to its patented Magical Watch Dial®, the R04 Tourbillon transforms a black dial into a translucent dial simply by rotating the bezel, inviting the watch to display its two distinct personalities: a traditional or a skeleton configuration. When the secret is revealed, the spectacular Tourbillon Manège® movement dominates the centre of the dial, pivoting on the central axis of this imposing, 45 mm timepiece. Discreetly subdued or strikingly avant-garde, this authentic creation is also available with a flyback chronograph movement.
i_3043_1ULYSSE NARDIN | Dual Time Manufacture
The Dual Time Manufacture set a milestone in contemporary watchmaking when launched, as the first watch whose second time zone could be adjusted both forwards and backwards. Now this legendary timepiece returns with an automatic movement that is designed and produced entirely in-house: the UN-334 calibre. Featuring a large date, which can also be adjusted in both directions, it comes equipped with a silicon escapement, the height of watchmaking technology and something very few brands master. Offering exceptional precision, the Dual Time Manufacture also stands out for its simplicity of use and legible display. While home time is measured over 24 hours in a window at 9 o’clock, the hour hand can be moved forwards or back to align with local time, without having to take the watch off or interrupt its smooth running. In a final flourish, the date automatically synchronises with adjustments in either direction.
i_3044_1FENDI TIMEPIECES | Crazy Carats
In its Italian workshops, Fendi takes fur towards peaks that have not been explored for almost a century. Bearing testimony to this longstanding tradition, the new Crazy Carats watch is fitted with a precious strap in two-tone mink, while the watch itself features a number of sparkling surprises. A turn of the crown reveals three different types of gemstones according to the mood of the moment. White diamonds or blue or pink sapphires alternately light up this luxurious composition, underscored by fascinating gemsetting on the bezel. The mysterious and enchanting Crazy Carats comes in four different versions, each available in a 50-piece limited series.
i_3045_1ENICAR | Versailles CH325 Chronometer
Inspired by the gardens at the renowned French château, the Versailles watch will work its magic on those with an eye for refinement and beauty. On this jewel of sophistication, each element is composed with exquisite art. The centre of the dial is adorned with a delicate motif while ten sparkling diamonds denote the hours around its circumference. The bezel, which is crafted from 18K rose gold, cradles the 96 diamonds that illuminate the whole, interspersed with eight other precious stones to create a fascinating effect. Precious and unique in each of its facets, the Versailles watch is brought to life by a COSC-certified automatic chronometer movement. An interchangeable bracelet adapts to different moods, with two-tone 18K rose gold / 316 L steel or leather.
i_3046_1GENIE | Grandor
Since 1919, Genie has swathed time in the most elegant simplicity. Its new collection is no exception to this rule. Framed by the clean lines of a two-tone case, the dial displays nothing but time’s essential components, with three hands and a date set against a sober backdrop interpreting the brand’s bell logo. Eight white diamond hour-markers stand out against this radiant yellow composition to echo the Roman numerals that bring an air of timeless classicism. Beating inside this opus is a mechanical automatic movement which reveals the delicacy of its gears beneath a sapphire crystal back.
i_3047_1RONDA | xtratech Z60 – new 13¼‘‘‘ chronograph
Ronda xtratech was market launched as a new product line in 2013. The quartz movement presented at Baselworld is known as Z60. It is the first-ever Ronda 13¼’’’ size calibre with chrono function. Aside from the centre second stop and the 30-minute counter, the popular 3-6-9 look features a day indicator, a date and a small seconds. With the xtratech the name says it all: a Swiss Made movement offering everything a chronograph needs. Not a feature more and not a feature less. The ideal product for watches in the fashion range, where demand runs high for useful functions at attractive prices. With the new diameter of 30.00 mm, Ronda now has on offer four chronograph sizes in its range: Startech 3500 series with 10½ x 11½‘‘‘ and Startech 5000 with 12½‘‘‘. And, last but not least, the Mastertech 8000 series with 15’’’ and the new xtratech Z60 with 13¼‘‘‘.
i_3048_1N.O.A | Steel Skell
N.O.A. exposes the mechanics of time by revealing the beating heart of its latest creation, Skell. This automatic calibre with its highly architectural skeleton-working features colourful elements that further highlight the three-dimensional N.O.A signature. A wealth of subtle depth and transparency effects ensure that nothing is hidden and that each second becomes truly unique.
i_2986_1ATLANTIC | Worldmaster 1888 Lusso
The new Worldmaster 1888 with its classic lines offers an extremely elegant composition playing on cleverly orchestrated contrasts between steel and numerous (PVD-coated) pink gold accents. Issued in an 188-piece limited series, a nod to the founding year of the watchmaking House, this chronograph will appeal to fans of timepieces capable of making their way through the years while maintaining a resolutely on-trend touch.
i_3049_1WENGER | Urban Classic Chrono
Equally at home in the city as in sports activities, the Urban Classic Chrono by Wenger is distingusiehd by remarkable performances powered by a quartz movement. Appearing on an extremely elegant guilloché dial, counters mark off the timed minutes, along with small seconds and days, while the central chronograph sweep-seconds hand provides an accurate measurement of short times. Water-resistant to 100 metres, this model also displays the date and comes in five different executions.