Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Face Time in Geneva

Cellini Jewelers is in Geneva this week where many of the top watch brands are busy unveiling the latest additions to their 2015 collections. This special edition of Clockwise takes you along for the ride for a little face time with some of the most exciting timepieces from the SIHH watch fair and around town.

A. Lange & Söhne
Revered by collectors, the Datograph Up/Down continues to be a benchmark in the chronograph category with its flyback feature and big-date display. This year, the brand announced that it is offering the 41mm case in rose gold, a warm visual counterpoint to the black dial.

Audemars Piguet
The brand from Le Brassus unveiled gorgeous bi-color versions of its iconic Royal Oak. Its signature octagonal bezel is made from rose gold, while stainless steel is used for the case and bracelet. The 41mm men’s version has an automatic movement, while a quartz movement powers the diamond-set 33mm model for ladies.  

The Parisian maison launched a new collection of round watches called Clé de Cartier. The name—French for “key”—refers to the crown, which resembles a key used to wind clocks. It will be available in three sizes (31mm, 35mm and 40mm), each one powered by an automatic movement produced in-house by Cartier.

The brand also introduced the most complicated watch it’s ever produced, the Rotonde de Cartier Grande Complication. The extra-flat skeleton movement features a tourbillon, perpetual calendar and minute repeater and is presented in a 45mm platinum case that is just 12.6mm thick.

Inspired by historic European tower clocks that indicate astrological signs, the DB25T Zodiac boasts a killer silver-toned guilloché dial that features 12 hand-engraved, solid gold markers representing the zodiac signs. Offered in a limited edition of 20 pieces and presented in a white gold case (44mm), the hand-wound movement includes a tourbillon on the back.

Franck Muller
The “master of complications” combines high horology and fine jewelry in the new Giga Tourbillon, which features the first diamond-set tourbillon cage. More than 50 diamonds grace the cage of the massive tourbillon, which measures 20mm in diameter.

The Schaffhausen-based brand celebrated the birth of its classic Portuguese model with the beautifully understated Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary.” Much like the original, its dial embodies the less-is-more school of design, while its in-house movement underscores the brand’s modern approach to caliber production.

With supreme elan, the Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Moon balances beauty and brains. The magnificent silvered dial is open on the side where steps descend to the multi-axis tourbillon. The nearby time display integrates the watch’s ultra-precise moon phase indicator, which won’t need a correction for 3,887 years.

Parmigiani Fleurier
The brand’s signature Tonda 1950 case takes on an otherworldly air this year with the addition of a meteorite dial. The magnificent blue color’s impact is amplified naturally by the irregular structure of the material, which makes each dial unique. This special edition is presented in a 39mm titanium case and is powered by Parmigiani’s extra-thin automatic movement.

Roger Dubuis 
With its Excalibur Spider Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon, the brand continues to dazzle with its ability to create dynamic skeleton tourbillon movements. A red inner bezel boldly frames the black metal web meticulously spun by the engraver’s hand. The company will limit production of the watch to 188 pieces.

Vacheron Constantin
To commemorate 260 years of uninterrupted watchmaking history, the brand launched the Harmony, a new line of cushion-shaped models. Among the highlights is the Dual Time, which features a second time zone display that can be adjusted via the crown either forward or backward. Production of the Harmony Dual Time is limited to 625 pieces in white gold and the same number in rose gold.

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