Showcase Vol.25

Showcase Vol.25

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Audemars Piguet

Millenary Minute Repeater

It perpetuates a line of complicated, oval-shaped Audemars Piguet wristwatches, already boasting such exceptional pieces as the Tradition d’Excellence No. 5, the MC12 and the Carbon One. Cased in pink gold for the first time, this complicated watch – like its illustrious forebears – is an exquisite blend of technical sophistication, innovative materials and watchmaking savoir-faire, featuring, of course, that most romantic of complications : the minute repeater. Much like every great invention, the minute repeater was born of necessity, long before mankind enjoyed the convenience of electricity, solving an apparently simple yet long-standing conundrum: how to tell the time in the dark. What is therefore a long-standing tradition is now continued in the new Millenary Minute Repeater in pink gold : an exceptional, hand-wound wristwatch with an oval case and three-dimensional architecture that complements a sophisticated movement featuring Audemars Piguet’s own escapement, double balance spring, striking mechanism and gongs.

Baume & Mercier

Clifton Two-tone

 The eye-catching new Clifton two-tone watches— 41mm (10139) and, 30mm (10152)—pay tribute to the history of Baume & Mercier taking us back to the 1950s, the golden age of the wristwatch. With this new family of contemporary watches, touches of red gold or the satin-finished treatment of the steel components of the case or bracelet lend a certain sense of luxury to these models designed for everyday wear. While fashions are by nature fleeting, trends also tend to run in cycles, like the brand’s two-tone watches that had disappeared for several years and are now back in the spotlight to satisfy the expectations of customers looking for timeless elegance. By marrying different materials and original finishing, these watches lend an additional distinguished touch to this collection while remaining firmly within Baume & Mercier’s cherished accessible luxury segment.

Balmain

Elysées Bijou

 Its name hints at its delicacy and refinement. But it’s extremely precious character is revealed above all by its clean lines. The latest creation from Balmain, stands out as an exceptional object. Its understated appeal and modern design makes heads turn wherever it goes. With the Elysées Bijou, the brand gives its own twist to flat design, which is particularly in vogue with designers worldwide at the moment. An ultra-slim case (6.20mm thick), clean lines and a minimalist dial: perfect harmony to win over fans of “less is more”. The Elysées Bijou inspires a sense of purity and inner peace. A feeling amplified by the white satin strap delicately merging with the pink gold PVD case. In their splendid interpretation, Balmain’s designers have also stimulated perceptions. Firstly, through the discreet reflection of the arabesque motifs on the silvered dial, and secondly by emphasising the concentric nature of the circle which appears to create a halo around the hands. The case is 36mm in diameter and 6.20mm thick, in 316 L (stainless) polished steel decorated on some models with 76 Wesselton diamonds, or in pink PVD.