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i_3235_1JAQUET DROZ

Grande Seconde Deadbeat

Deadbeats seconds is an extremely rare complication first introduced in the Age of Enlightenment, the very era when Pierre Jaquet-Droz was travelling the length and breadth of Europe to present his timepieces to royal courts across the continent. This technique means that the seconds hand no longer moves in a smooth sweep, but instead in one-second jumps, thus enabling extremely precise measurements. This horological miniature marvel is now revived by Jaquet Droz, which reinvents its Grande Seconde for this purpose. The historically off-centred seconds hand now takes its place at the centre of the dial, while the space traditionally reserved for it is occupied by the retrograde date display. A brand-new calibre has been created to power this association of deadbeat seconds, date and hour/minute module. This ingenious mechanism makes ample use of innovative technologies, such as a silicon balance-spring or a cam with 10 teeth instead of 30, to ensure that the deadbeat seconds jump is a visual show in which prodigious technical sophistication is matched by aesthetic refinement. 88-piece limited edition.
Movement
Mechanical automatic Jaquet Droz 2695SMR calibre, 34 jewels, 21,600 vib/h, 18K red gold oscillating weight, 40-hour power reserve
Functions
Hours, minutes, deadbeat seconds, date
Case
18K red gold, 43 mm Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar / 100 ft)
Dial
Ivory Grand Feu enamel Offset hours and minutes Large central deadbeat seconds hand Pointer-type retrograde date at 6 o’clock
Bracelet/strap
Alligator leather, 18K red gold buckle

i_3236_1KERBEDANZ

Celtic Dog

A brand renowned for its unique timepieces, Kerbedanz shares the name of its founder and president Tigran Kerbedanz, derived from a word that means leader and precursor. Two notions that fit perfectly with the spirit of the brand: a leader in its devotion to fine craftsmanship and a precursor in its concepts. By creating one-off pieces or very limited series, Kerbedanz takes watchmaking in unexplored directions that embrace all manner of symbols. Celtic Dog is inspired by a symbolic animal that is associated with the moon, and which for the Celts represents the hunter, the warrior, or a messenger from beyond. The book that accompanies this tourbillon watch keeps this memory alive with explanations of the legends and symbols that surround Celtic dogs. Individually numbered, 41-piece limited series.
Movement
Mechanical hand-wound, KRB-01 tourbillon calibre, 27 jewels, 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz), twin barrels, 120-hour power reserve, special Kerbedanz engraving on the back of the movement
Functions
Hours, minutes
Case
18K white gold, 43 mm Crown between 1 and 2 o’clock Anti-reflective sapphire crystal, front and back Water-resistant to 50 metres (5 bar/165 ft)
Dial
Solid white gold, blue enamel, Celtic Dog bas-relief Interlocking curves in white gold, in the style of the La Tene culture and alluding to the Celtic Dog 3-layer dial, hand-crafted and hand-decorated by Kerbedanz Tourbillon carriage between 7 and 8 o’clock
Bracelet/strap
Genuine alligator with 18K white gold folding clasp

i_3221_1RADO

HyperChrome Plasma Diamonds Limited Edition

Those who appreciate the lustre of diamonds need look no further: the Rado HyperChrome Diamonds collection now offers a new, limited edition of 600 models featuring the unparalleled high-tech shine of plasma ceramic. No model is more refined than this new addition with 56 glittering diamonds on the rose gold coloured bezel, encircling the dial and making it a pleasure to check the time. The perfect watch for a stroll in the city or down the red carpet, a masterful monobloc case houses an automatic movement which brings the watch to life with every move you make. With its cool and warm tones this timepiece is the ideal finishing touch for any outfit. Optimum comfort and a streamlined, fluid case construction with specially developed, sleek side inserts, combine to bring a flash of brilliance to even the most discerning of wrists. Elegantly eye-catching, the Rado HyperChrome family is the ultimate all-occasion timepiece.
Movement
Mechanical automatic, ETA 2681 calibre, 83/4 lines, 25 jewels, 38 hour power reserve, black oscillating rotor, decorated movement
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case
Polished plasma high-tech ceramic, 36 mm Rose gold coloured PVD coated stainless steel inserts, crown and bezel set with 56 diamonds (0.834 ct) Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides and see through case back Water-resistant to 5 bar (50 m / 165 ft)
Dial
Grey Rose gold coloured applied hour-markers and hands with white Super-LumiNova® Date window at 3 o’clock
Bracelet/strap
3-row polished plasma high-tech ceramic, titanium 3-fold clasp with Ceramos™ openers

i_3238_1HAMILTON

Chrono Worldtimer Quartz

All pilots need a chronograph, while aerobatics pilots require particular functions, such as the precise marking of the four minutes corresponding to a freestyle programme – which is why the latter appear in yellow on the dial. This watch equipped with a quartz movement specially developed for Hamilton also offers a whole series of functions that are highly useful both in flight and on the ground. A simple press on the 10 o’clock pusher switches it between chronograph and Worldtimer functions, a change clearly visible on the dial by means of the mode-selection indicator at 2 o’clock. The 24 timezones are printed on the inner bezel ring. Finally, the model also features a day/night indication as well as a countdown engraved on the bezel.
Movement
Quartz, H-41e
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, worldtimer, day/night indicator
Case
Satin-finish 316L stainless steel, 45 mm Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides Water-resistant to 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft)
Dial
Black Chrono/worldtimer indicator at 12 o’clock (activated by the 10 o’clock pusher) 120-minute counter at 10 o’clock and small seconds at 6 o’clock Date window at 6 o’clock Timezones on the inner bezel ring
Bracelet/strap
Stainless steel, black robber or black leather

i_3237_1EMPORIO ARMANI

Emporio Armani Automatic Ladies

Emporio Armani conveys an inimitable style that has forged its success. Its designer Giorgio Armani now expresses this unique signature through a feminine timepiece combining the brand’s pure, uncluttered aesthetic codes and Swiss watchmaking expertise, with an automatic movement beating at its heart. The elegant pink gold-plated case reveals lines inspired by the Art Deco movement, while 82 diamonds light up the sides of the case. The mother-of-pearl dial is graced with understated hour-markers and the crown is set with a smoky brown quartz cabochon. Subtle and refined right the way to its smallest details, the watch is fitted with a sapphire caseback revealing its mechanical movement beating out a time imbued with ageless elegance and Swiss Made quality.
Movement
Mechanical automatic STP1 – 11 calibre
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case
Pink gold-plated stainless steel, polished finish, 34 mm 82 diamonds (0.5102 cts) set along the sides of the case Crown with smoky brown quartz cabochon Anti-reflective sapphire crystal, front and back Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar / 100 ft)
Dial
White mother-of-pearl Date window at 6 o’clock
Bracelet/strap
Single-linked pink gold-plated steel, folding clasp with Emporio Armani logo

i_3209_1CK CALVIN KLEIN

Calvin Klein Alliance Lady

The Calvin Klein Alliance Lady goes straight to the essential. Pure, flowing lines, inspired by contemporary urban architecture, instil timeless elegance. Light dances on the notched steel bezel and on the bracelet in polished and brushed steel. Set against a dial that has been stripped of the superfluous, hands and hour-markers contribute to the effortless reading of time. Mother-of-pearl brings a feminine touch, in four subtly iridescent shades: white, beige, anthracite grey and blue.
Movement
Quartz, ETA F04.111
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case
316L stainless steel, polished and brushed, two colours, 5N PVD treatment Sapphire crystal Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar / 100 ft)
Dial
White, beige, anthracite grey or blue mother-of-pearl Polished steel hands and hour-markers with 5N PVD treatment, coated with SuperLuminova Date at 3 o’clock
Bracelet/strap
Polished and brushed steel with folding clasp
Other versions
The men’s version is proposed in four iterations, also with a quartz movement: two-colour polished and brushed steel with silver or black dial, or polished and brushed steel with silver or black dial.

i_3202_1BERGSTERN

Bergstern Sport

Bergstern is for ambitious men who know what they want and how to get it: a philosophy epitomised by the Bergstern Sport chronograph. This is a watch that will never shirk a challenge, and its character and reliability are felt in every single detail. Immediately, the eye focuses on the imposing case, topped with a robust bezel that radiates strength and masculinity. Nor does the bright blue dial, accented by a guilloché motif, go unnoticed. Its generous, luminescent hour-markers ensure perfect legibility while the red sweep seconds hand makes its mark. The same red defines the chrono counter hands to further highlight the sporting personality of a chronograph cut out for competition.
Movement
Quartz, Ronda 5030.D calibre
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Case
316L steel, 45 mm Rotating bezel Reinforced mineral crystal Water-resistant to 100 metres (10 bar / 330 ft)
Dial
Blue with guilloché motif Luminescent hands and hour-markers Date window at 4 o’clock
Bracelet/strap
Blue rubber

i_3239_1L’DUCHEN

Perseides

The primordial ocean is a mythical element in which the Earth and space were conceived. The dials of the Perseides timepieces by L’Duchen, fashioned in astral blue, white or black mother-of-pearl, reflect this mysterious phenomenon of pure creation. A moonphase indicator and shimmering shooting stars in three dimensions illuminate these delicate compositions. Their brilliance is further highlighted by the zircons set into the bezel on the steel case. Each timepiece is brought to life by a quartz movement and finished with a supremely elegant leather strap.
Movement
Quartz, Ronda 708 calibre
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, moon phases
Case
316L stainless steel, with or without PVD treatment, 38 mm Bezel set with zircons L’Duchen logo on the crown Sapphire crystal Water-resistant to 50 metres (5 bar / 165 ft)
Dial
Astral blue, white or black mother-of-pearl Sun, moon and stars in three dimensions Date window at 6 o’clock
Bracelet/strap
Leather, butterfly clasp with the L’Duchen logo

i_3200_1ARTYA

Son of Sound Skulls & Bones

As always, the independent ArtyA brand never does things in half measures. Having popularised the skull in the watchmaking world, it now delivers an extreme interpretation of this motif with its Skulls & Bones model. The entirely hand-sculpted skulls stud the entire watch from dial through case to bracelet. Designer Yvan Arpa gives new meaning to this symbol by replacing it within an artistic dimension. A first skull appears in the centre of the dial, with six other hand-sculpted skulls performing a macabre dance around it. Carved into the steel Bezel, a serie of bones, crosses, totems, guitars and pistols echo the skulls on the bezel, accentuating the three-dimensional effect. The massive, deliberately provocative bracelet shatters any conventions and takes the Skulls & Bones into an unprecedented creative dimension, since there can on longer be any talk of a watch and its bracelet. The model IS its bracelet and the bracelet IS the model.
Movement
Mechanical automatic, oscillating weight equipped with three special 38 mm bullet cartridges, 42-hour power reserve
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Case
316L steel, 47 mm Entirely hand-engraved bezel Sapphire crystal and transparent back Water-resistant to 50 m (5 bar /165 ft)
Dial
6 hand-engraved skulls in black-streaked polished steel
Bracelet/strap
Silver with hand-crafted skulls