First introduced in 2010, the Tourbillon Chronograph of Audemars Piguet’s most iconic line of watches, the Royal Oak Offshore, this 2014 version comes with a brand new, self-winding manufacture calibre 2897. With 335 perfectly-polished and bevelled components, which can be seen in all their glory through the sapphire crystal caseback, the movement is housed in a 44mm case that combines the best of high-quality materials. Forged carbon forms the middle, while the bezel is made of ceramic and the push pieces are made of ceramic and titanium. With hours and minutes, the watch features a small seconds counter at nine o’clock on the dial, while the 30-minute counter of the chronograph and the tourbillon cage can be seen at three and six o’clock, respectively.
In association with the high-end automobile manufacturers, the latest edition of the Parmigiani Bugatti watches includes this flyback chronograph timepiece. The flyback complication originated as an aeronautical feature that allows the user to stop, reset and restart the chronometer with a single push of a button, for a timely and convenient use of the one-fourth-second chronograph function. The push-pieces are located seemingly off the case, right at the beginning of the lugs at the 8 and 10 o’clock positions. A date window at six o’clock and the chronograph counter at three o’clock are seen on a pale, mint green dial, featuring hands that have a luminescent coating. The 41mm case offers water resistance of 30metres, while the textured strap is made of Hermès calf leather.
Also in association with a prestigious sports automobile manufacturer, Hublot watches, better known for its iconic Big Bang series, presents this unique design in titanium, as the name suggests. The offbeat display includes the hour and minute indications on anodised black aluminium cylinders on the right hand side of the face with yellow, luminescent markings. Likewise, the seconds are indicated on a separate cylinder, fastened to the suspended tourbillon. The power reserve is indicated at 10 o’clock. The micro-blasted titanium, almost V-shaped case features a sapphire crystal glass and is flanked by a high-quality rubber strap.
From the El Primero line, one of Zenith’s strongest product pillars, this watch comes in a limited edition of 250 pieces. Equipped with a chronograph that offers precision timekeeping up to one-tenth of a second, the watch displays its mechanism through a skeleton dial, proudly but subtly with the chronograph and small seconds sub-counters offering only a peek. The surfaces take forward the general theme of the timepiece, with the carbon fibre-patterned case and bezel, and the nomex-coated, black rubber, textured strap. The 45mm case houses an automatic movement that offers a 50-hour power reserve.
A departure from the above high-tech watches, this classic timepiece offers a bit of bling that would make for a perfect accessory during this festive season. Matching the indexes, alternating between Roman numerals and hour markers, the case of the watch is also in pink gold, featuring a bezel with diamonds circling the clean, white dial. The textured black leather further adds character to the design of this watch.
Another watch with a bit of sparkle that is in keeping with the festive season, this one is more contemporary than classic. Inspired by celestial bodies in space, this watch pays tribute to astronomy. Limited to just eight pieces, this exclusive watch features a manual flying tourbillon and a moon retrograde with a precision of 122 years. This function operates on a mechanical movement that offers a power reserve of 96 hours. The 46mm white gold case has a crown decorated with a black onyx. The domed, metal-coated Milky Way design of the bezel is realised in sapphire crystal, as are the anti-reflective glass on the face, as well as the caseback. This timepiece offers a water resistance of 30metres.
Written By : Ranvijaysinh Jhala