The launches at Baselworld and SIHH seem to get bigger and bigger. Amidst all the hype and hoopla of movie stars and celebrities, marketing blitz and PR exercise (thank God), the mainstay still remains the watches. They come in different shapes, sizes, colours and, above all, prices. While admiring them all, we must realize that they operate in different spaces. Showcase 2006 presents 34 outstanding watches in six groups. Many of these may overlap between the groups. However, we have tried to keep it simple by classifying them in groups where they fit the best. Go ahead and choose your favourites.
art is an investment, so is a good watch. And a good watch with a touch of art is priceless. Increasingly, the high-end watchmakers are incorporating art to enhance their appeal to true watch connoisseurs. However, to marry the skills of watch-making and art is a hugely difficult task and hence most of the artistic watches are limited in nature.
CARTIER Santas 100- Matif Falcon
To transform a watch into a veritible platform for expression, the intimate and precious backdrop for a spectacle whose stage is the wrist – this is how CARTIER imagines its watches: innovative combinations of enamel, a1 marquetry, engraving and diamonds. Thus, comes out a limited edition of 20 individually numbered pieces of Santos 100 Falcon carat yellow gold case champleve enamel decor set with round diamonds, engraved dial inlaid with eight different woods, 18 carat yellow gold hands, dark blue alligator strap, 18 carat yellow gold adjustable deployant buckle and self winding mechanical movement.
CORUM Buckingham Toucan
Experience life in all its beauty. Show the world the magnificence of art as you wear it on your wrist!
Brilliantly coloured Toucans surround themselves with tropical frangipani (plumeria) flowers creating a scene that one can only enjoy. The hand-painted miniature on a mother-o pearl dial evokes a feeling of harmony an pleasure. The 18-karat white gold case set with diamonds of 3.30 carats forms a fitting frame for this beautifully matched pair. This 2006 addition to CORUM’S Artisan Collection is limited to only 50 pieces worldwide and no two are the same in coloration.
JEANRICHARD — TV Screen Milady, Africa
With these beautiful jewelled watches, the brand JEAN RICHARD brings its vision of travel and exoticism out into the open in fashion with a world looked at from various angles, not unlike a couturier and his patterns: 5 continents, 5 atmospheres… 5 styles! Every woman should feel free to be seduced by one or the other of these timekeepers which combk glamour, character and sophistication!
Africa is symbolised by a going back to the roots with a reference to its most ancient ethnic arts: Ebony statues appear on the mother of pearl dial set with 75 diamonds (1.3 carats), a tribute to the marvels of this land.
The steel case of the watch set with precious stones, the colour of which are symbolic to the continent of Africa, resembles a TV screen of 31.7 x 28.7 mm. The watch comes in a black satin strap.
JAEGER-LECOULTRE Reverso a eclipses
In this year of celebrations dedicated to its legendary reversible watch, JAEGER-LECOULTRE has marshaled all its technical and artistic savoir-faire in order to produce the Reverso a eclipses which contains a ‘secret’ enamel masterpiece in a Grande Reverso case. A timepiece of this kind, which allies precise time measurement with playful visual ingenuity, offers the purest expression imaginable of the watchmaker’s art that demands a complete mastery of the mysteries of miniaturisation. The idea of the ‘eclipse’, which allows the user to conceal or reveal a design on the watch’s dial at will, was first explored by the manufacture in 1910 when it produced a pocket watch endowed with just such a mechanism. On that occasion, however, the technique was applied to a much larger timepiece. With the new, far smaller Reverso a eclipses, all it takes is a simple movement of the finger and the curtains of this magical horological theatre part to reveal an enamel miniature. This precious marvel of a timepiece comes in platinum or 18-carat pink gold, and four different themes are available: Voyages of discovery, Chinesesigns of the zodiac,famous nudes and ‘Grand fev’.
GLASHOTTE “ArabicDream” – The Star Collection
Inspired by the rich culture and history of a fascinating world, GLASHME Original’s designers created the ‘ArabicDream’. A costly jewel whose elegance blossoms in the magnificently designed dial contains 0.58 carats of diamonds. Guilloche by hand and painted with a clear lacquer, this elegance is reflected in the off-center hour and minute display embellished• r with Arabic ornamental designs in gold and brilliant-cut diamonds. The subsidiary seconds dial and the polished zone of the hour and minute display are framed by diamonds of the highest quality. The 240° scale of the power reserve display is set in gold and diamonds as well. And even the panorama date is emphasized by a gold frame. Perfectly topping it all off is a black onyx cabochon four millimeters in diameter on the crown.
Inside the rose gold case fully set with 2.99 carats of clear white brilliant-cut diamonds ticks automatic manufacture Caliber 90-03.