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THE LABEL’S MONTHLY GUIDE TO WATCHES—SEPTEMBER 2014

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Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon
In the world where smart watches have slowly become the next big thing, fine watch manufacturers, such as Girard-Perregaux, still have quite a few tricks up their sleeves, impressing watch aficionados with the mechanical marvels they create. With the Tri-Axial Tourbillon, Girard-Perregaux presents the prestige complication at another level. The dial, displaying the hours and minutes is pushed off-centre, between one and three o’clock, while the tourbillon cage sits magnificently at nine o’clock, behind a bubble on the sapphire crystal glass. Powered by a mechanical, manual-winding movement, the watch has a power reserve of 60 hours, indicated at six o’clock. The 48mm, pink gold case offers water resistance of 30metres.
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Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Squelette
A 2014 addition to Corum’s iconic Admiral’s Cup collection, the Squelette offers a beautiful view of the mechanism behind the typical Admiral’s Cup dodecagon-shaped dial. The open-worked face also reveals the numbers of the date disc behind the date aperture at six o’clock. Hour markers, which are flanked by the Admiral’s Cup nautical pennants, are enhanced with Superluminova, and are extended further into the dial, where they appear to be levitating above the date disc, especially in the dark. This dimensionality of the design is realised through the galvanic-treated inner bezel ring. The 45mm case in titanium has a water resistance of 300metres.
Rado DiaMaster Plasma Chrono
From the pioneers and masters of using ceramic in watches, the new Rado DiaMaster Plasma Chrono timepiece is built in scratch-resistant plasma high-tech ceramic—case and bracelet strap. The automatic movement powering this watch offers indication of hours, minutes, seconds, the date, and chronograph functions. With the chronograph counters at three and nine o’clock, the small seconds dial is at six o’clock, while the date aperture is between four and five o’clock. The 45mm case offers a view of the mechanism through a transparent sapphire crystal caseback, and water resistance of approximately 100metres.
Piaget Polo Tourbillon
Another beautiful interpretation of the complication that kills the effect of gravity on the accuracy of a mechanical movement, this version of the Polo Tourbillon is stunning visually. The carriage of the flying tourbillon is at the end of the minutes hand and moves with it, creating the illusion that it is not connected with the main movement of the watch. With the hours hand on the disc behind the minutes hand, the rest of the silvered dial is relatively clean. The 45mm classic Polo case is in brushed and polished white gold, offering waterproofness of 30metres.
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Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsomètre
Behind the pristine white cambered Grand Feu enamel dial of this classic timepiece is one of the most advanced automatic watch mechanisms. Offering a fly-back chronograph function, this watch also has pulsometre function that allows you to check your heart rate quickly and easily. The chronograph hand in association with a specially graduated scale makes it possible for a person’s heart beat to be displayed on the dial, eliminating the need for any calculation. For the hand to indicate the number of heart beats per minute on the pulsometer scale, you need to start the chronograph and then stop it after counting off 30 heartbeats. On the enamel dial are painted roman numerals and markings, the 30-minute and 12-hour counters and a date aperture at six o’clock. Behind the 43.6mm red gold case, the sapphire caseback reveals the movement and its oscillating weight adorned with a honeycomb motif.

Written By : Ranvijaysinh Jhala

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