WATCH OF THE YEAR 2014

CARTIER ASTROCALENDAIRE

Designed like an amphitheatre, with the intention of clarifying the perpetual calendar’s indications, the Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire’s display is an incredible watchmaking feat. It overcomes numerous readability issues that are specific to the traditional approach to this complication, which requires the juxtaposition of twelve months, seven days, the date and the type of year in a diameter of just a few centimetres. The watch is certified “Poinçon de Genève”, in accordance with the new regulations’ requirements.


WATCH OF THE YEAR 2013

BREITLING Emergency II

The Emergency II has the ability to send a distress signal to satellites circling overhead, so no matter where on Earth you’re lost, you can be found. To ensure the signal isn’t accidentally triggered, the user has to pull out a set of long antennas on either side of the watch, and the emergency signals will alternately broadcast for up to 24 hours with the Emergency II’s built-in rechargeable battery. The case holds a PLB Category 2 beacon micro-transmitter. The Emergency II puts out signals alternately on two frequencies which can be tracked by the five COSPAS-SARSAT search and rescue satellites. The first is a digital signal on 406 MHz that goes out for 0.44 seconds every 50 seconds, and the second is an analog signal on 121.5MHz lasting 0.75 seconds every 2.25 seconds. Made from titanium it’s all but guaranteed to survive whatever emergency situation the wearer finds himself in.


WATCH OF THE YEAR 2012

HARRY WINSTON OPUS 12

Opus 12 defies the conventional rules of watchmaking, giving birth to the most improbable mechanical concept. This exceptional timepiece deliberately overturns the perception of time by drawing its inspiration from the Copernican revolution according to which the earth rotates around the sun and around itself.

Time no longer reads via a pair of hands positioned in the centre of the dial, but by the peripheral drive of 12 pairs of hands going from the circumference to the centre. The hands, pointed towards the interior draw attention to the centre of time. A retrograde hand, synchronized with the main minutes hand, advances along a five-minute sector. At the end of its travel it flies back to its initial position while the long five-minutes hand pivots and sets itself still.

Opus 12 goes into action in a remarkable way, its hands changing the guard every five minutes. At each change of the hour, the movement executes a very elaborate drill exercise by the successive rotation of the hands. Below the retrograde indication, a floating small seconds hand graduated on a translucent ring passes above a power-reserve indicator.

The winding of the movement departs from convention. The crown must be turned in the counter-clockwise direction to simultaneously wind up the two barrels, one of which provides energy to the movement and the other, to the animation. In order for the crown to be accessible, it has been placed in the centre of the caseband, requiring a transmission wheel that reverses the winding direction.

The Opus 12, which reinterprets time, is an innovation in watchmaking. The idea has sprung from the mind of its creator, Emmanuel Bouchet, who developed this remarkable work in close cooperation with the designer, Augustin.

The collection has models in high intensity titanium and stainless steel, marked into three: the limited edition 2012, the Prestige collection and the Sports collection.


WATCH OF THE YEAR 2011

ZENITH – CHRISTOPHE COLOMB

Aptly named after the legendary explorer Christopher Colombus, the Zenith Christophe Colomb is as adventurous and bold as the discoverer was. Christophe Colomb packs a self-regulating gyroscopic module in a wrist watch for the very first time. Inspired by the legendary marine chronometer instrument, used for navigational purposes by sailors, the self-regulating gyroscopic module addresses one of the key issues: how to achieve precision measurements with instruments that are subjected to constant motion. It ensures that the regulating organ and the escapement are permanently kept in the horizontal position, thereby ensuring precision timing. The numbers speak for themselves: This complication comprises 166 components, while a tourbillon has only 66. So, now indulge in the activity of your choice – driving, golfing or skippering a boat – and rest assured that with the Zenith Christophe Colomb, your timing will be accurate.


WATCH OF THE YEAR 2010

ULYSSE NARDIN Genghis Khan Haute Joaillerie Minute Repeater

This unique mechanical timepiece crafted in 18 ct rose or white gold is fitted with 60 white or black baguette diamonds over the bezel and 28 white or black baguette diamonds on the lugs, magnifying the impact of the design of the black onyx dial and the four hand-crafted warriors in action. The Westminster has four gongs, each with a different tone (Mi-Do-Re-Sol). The movements of the Jaquemarts are synchronised with the sound of the gongs. The Genghis Khan Haute Joaillerie is available in 18 ct rose or white gold in a limited edition of 30 pieces.

 
 
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