The Swiss watch brand Delaneau that specializes in ultra-luxury wrist watches designed for ladies, is selling a brilliant Delaneau Amazone Blueberries 1608 one-off watch. Besides a wonderful mix of materials, textures and colors, the new timepiece also features a not very common all-digital “interface” on its dial with the usual hour and minute hands replaced with a pair of jumping hours and minutes indicators.
You know what? It is always a great pleasure to find new watches for women that are not centered on girl’s best friends, the diamonds. While precious stones are always welcome, the real pleasure enters when the new model also boasts some horological value.
In the case of Delaneau watches, it is, of course, the Caliber 1608 automatic movement. This is basically Frederic Piguet’s FP 1150 automatic caliber with an add-on digital representation module.
Capable of displaying jumping hours and minutes, the movement is also the first one that places the hour and minute display windows close to each other, not on the opposite sides of the dial, like it is done in A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk watch.
The design not only makes reading the time easier, but also leaves more real estate on the dial for the company’s artisans (stone setters, engravers, finishers, goldsmiths, watchmakers, jewelry designers and enamel artists) to adorn the watches with finest pieces of art that money can buy.
Just visit an image finder at your favorite search engine, enter “Delaneau” and “1608” keywords and you will be amazed with beautiful timepieces (most of them are unique “only” watches that are selling at a price of a Bentley Continental GT) that were designed around this special movement.
By the way, the number “1608” here is not a year when the brand was established (the story started in 1880 in Bienne, Switzerland,) but a number of “jumps” that the movement makes in 24 hours: 1584 jumps of the minute indicator and 24 jumps on the hour display, if I counted them correctly.
The “jumps” come at a cost, though. While the FP 1150 base caliber has an official power reserve rating of around 100 hours, the Caliber 1608 is rated only for 48 hours. Well, it is still more than enough for a watch that will be worn once or twice per year on very special occasions.
To our sheep, though.
The Delaneau Amazone Blueberries 1608 watch is presented in a fairly large 42 mm Amazone case, which is crafted of 18-carat white gold and set with 97 diamond baguettes and 132 round diamonds weighing 10.47 and 24.81 carats respectively.
The timepiece’s black onyx dial is also adorned with literally hundreds of diamonds and twenty blue sapphires.
The Swiss company asks about $264,580 for this beautiful one-off.
See also: Patek Philippe Ladies First Chronograph
Delaneau Amazone Blueberries 1608 ladies watch specification
Movement: Caliber 1608, base FP 11.50 with Delaneau’s add-on module, 27.40×29.90 mm in length and width, 5.75 mm thick, 218 parts, Swiss Made
Complications: Jumping hours and minutes
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case material: White gold
Bezel material: White gold with 229 diamonds
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.0 mm
Case height: No data
Dial: Black Onyx
Numerals: Arabic, digital display
Water resistance: 30 meters
Case back: Sapphire