Besides the gorgeous (and unique, too) Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif Dragon (Ref. G0A36545,) the Swiss watchmaking House has also presented another dragon-themed product. Presented in a shape of a so-called “fob watch” (or, more plainly, a “pocket watch” although I highly doubt that the piece is supposed to travel it in your pockets,) the hand-wound Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Dragon (Ref. G0A36563) is equipped with what is claimed to be the world’s slimmest tourbillon movement.
The French fashion and jewelry brand has finally updated its Timeless line with a new, larger than life version. Sporting an impressively massive oval case 50 mm x 35 mm in dimensions and a hand-engraved dial with its deep blue color, the new Van Cleef & Arpels Timeless XL (ref. VCARN9VB00) may not look as entertaining as their other collections featuring retrograde indicators and thoroughly executed “romantic” scenes, but it still leaves a strong impression on an unsuspecting mind.
The American fashion brand that was established by an immigrant of Belarusian origin has just presented their new hand-wound Ralph Lauren Slim Classique Square designed for ladies. Offered in an ultra-thin case that is currently available not only in flashy 18-karat rose gold, but also in a lot more inconspicuous white gold alloy, the new timekeeper is deceptively simple and absolutely fabulous.
First revealed in Paris, France at the Belles Montres Watch Show back in December 2011, the Hublot The Baby Million Big Bang 44m Haute Joaillerie Chronograph (Ref. 301.WX.1170.WX.9804) is the tour de force of the high-jewelry subdivision of the Swiss-based brand. It is not just an ultra-luxury toy for the one-percenters: it is a perfectly manufactured timekeeper, which is powered by a bullet-proof (although mass-produced) mechanism, and set with more than eight hundred diamonds of different cut! That doesn’t mean that I like it.
The 2011 Cartier Masse Secrete Panthere Decor is delivered in a shining, rhodium-plated white gold case and features a nicely complicated movement with an inverted winding rotor. Although Cartier makes gigantic strides towards becoming a manufacturer of high-end watches, the French jeweler doesn’t want to forget about its roots. The brand successfully combines gorgeous exterior design with nicely complicated in-house movements.
The new Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Minute Repeater is a thoroughly executed tribute to the early XIX century Perrin Freres pocket watch that the Swiss brand recently restored for the Edouard and Maurice Sandoz Foundation (EMSF.) As you will see on the picture below, the pocket watch in question could be just another 200-year-old artifact, if not its peculiar face.
The American jeweler and luxury watchmaker has recently updated its high-jewelry collection with the new Harry Winston Avenue C Large (Ref. 335/UQWW.DB/BD/BD). Although the brand is capable of producing the most complicated mechanical watches (and the gorgeous Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon No. 2 Limited Edition that was presented in January at the SIHH 2011 industry fair is a living proof of that,) when it comes to jewelry timepieces, HW doesn’t shrink from equipping them with the simplest (but still bearing the proud “Swiss Made” inscription on them) quartz movements.
At the international watch fair SIHH 2012 the French jeweler, which is gradually becoming a major watchmaker, presented its hand-wound Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Love Tourbillon (ref. W1556214). Featuring a new take on their concept of a skeletonized dial (a thick pluck of metal with cut-through Roman numerals that is actually thick enough to hold a hand-wound movement,) the watch is, as usual, daringly large and irresistibly beautiful in its own rugged way.
Featuring exterior styling that is radically different compared to other members of this year’s Altiplano collection, the new Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Automatic (ref. G0A37132) watch is going to be officially presented to general public next January. If no alternative release from a competing watchmaker surfaces by that time (and there are only a few competitors who can try to beat Piaget in this “ultra-thin” race,) the watch will probably be the thinnest automatic skeletonized watch in the world.
The new Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon Three Golden Bridges automatic watch offers a variation of the well-known GP Caliber 9600 installed into a compact, Art Deco-styled white gold case. Set to be officially revealed early next year at SIHH 2012, the watch is absolutely beautiful in its sober -even if somewhat monotonous- combination of polished white gold and rhodium-plated surfaces. With its bold styling, it may be one of the best choices for a gentleman searching for an elegant, classic-styled dress watch with a nice subtle twist to its exterior.