Showcase vol.15

Showcase vol.15

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Tissot

Tissot Tradition G15.561 

Powered by a totally new movement, the Tissot Tradition G15.561 is the brand’s first ever analogue perpetual calendar timepiece. The groundbreaking G15.561 movement makes the sophistication of the finest Swiss watchmaking
surprisingly accessible. Its perpetual calendar facility will operate without any adjustment necessary for the entire 21st century, automatically taking leap years in its stride. The seamless combination of beautiful design and unrivalled technical expertise exemplifies the deep-rooted Tissot tradition of innovation,
masterfully blending timeless ease of operation with timeless looks.

There are several watches making up the 2011 Tissot Tradition range – both chronographs and Gent models with threehand mechanisms. Dial colours of anthracite, silver and black act as signatures of suave style and confirm that the timepieces were designed with future in mind. Fine detail on the dials reminds one of past inspirations, as do the classical stainless steel and leather attachments. Traditionalists not willing to compromise on performance and style, yet drawn to novelties, will feel totally at home with a Tissot Tradition.

 

Blancpain 

Villeret Grande Décoration 

The new Blancpain Villeret Grande Décoration is a watch distinguished by vivid contrasts. The extremely pure design of its dial with its discreet enamelled chapter ring is counter-balanced by the incredibly refined decoration of its movement.

Pared down to the extreme, the Villeret Grande Décoration is the simplest possible expression of the watchmaking art. It is equipped with Calibre 15B, an ultra-thin hand-wound 117-part movement stemming from the pocket-watch in the same collection and indicating the hours and minutes. The domed grand feu enamelled dial covering it bears only 12 painted enamel hour markers and two hands in the same material as the 45 mm rose gold case housing it.

The Villeret Grande Décoration also shines for reasons above and beyond its refined lines. A glance through the transparent caseback provides a stunning view of the exceptional movement decoration work, entirely hand-crafted by the Blancpain engraving artists and decorative specialists. Each is a unique work of art depicting landscapes and landmarks evoking a particular country.

 Girard-Perregaux

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second 

A modern and timeless spirit infuses the creations of Girard-Perregaux. The new Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second, with a 40 mm round case, embraces this philosophy perfectly. The design is largely inspired by Girard-Perregaux’s 19th century pocket watches. For a contemporary homage to this secular tradition, it quickly became clear that enamel was the only choice for the dial. The properties of enamel and its special component make the dial it adorns resistant, lending it depth and a unique character.

This traditional technique, now only mastered by a very few experts, consists of fixing the enamel powder and ensuring its harmonious balance through heat during delicate firing stages. Complementing this inspiration are elegant painted Arabic numerals which punctuate the movement of the blued steel leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, while the small second hand marks its path around a counter at 6 o’clock.

 

 A. Lange & Söhne

Saxonia Thin

The Saxonia Thin enriches A. Lange & Söhne’s redesigned Saxonia family with an exceptionally slender model whose lucid styling and classically elegant poise are a perfect match for the tradition of this line of watches. The case of the new Saxonia model has a diameter of 40 mm and a height of just 5.9 mm. The flattest timepiece crafted so far by the venerable Saxon manufactory, its true grandeur lies in its focus on the essence: It displays the time in hours and minutes, nothing more. From the aesthetic perspective, the Saxonia Thin celebrates the fundamental values of A. Lange & Söhne with the hallmarks that characterise the Saxonia collection, including a slender and decidedly elegant case as well as a puristic solid-silver argenté dial. The balanced configuration of the few key style elements – a succinct minute scale, svelte baton hour markers, and lancet hands – emphasise the overall harmony of the watch face. To fit the thin case, A. Lange & Söhne developed an equally slim manually wound movement that can be admired through the sapphirecrystal caseback. The new calibre L093.1 has a diameter of 28 mm and is a scant 2.9 mm high.