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Platinum is not just the rarest of precious metals, but also the purest and beaviest, lending itself as an ideal material for contemporary watchmaking
One has to resort to superlatives when speaking of platinum. It is indeed the rarest of precious metals. It is also the purest and the heaviest. In fact, the alloy used for platinum watchmaking contains 950 parts per 1000 of platinum, compared with 18-carat gold which contains 750 parts per 1000 of gold.
It is resistant to heat, is non-deformable, and is oxidation-proof. Moreover, it is ductile and hypoallergenic. It is by concentrating on these extraordinary qualities, to which we may add its natural white brilliance, that platinum has gained a special, privileged role in the creation of solid, luminous, precious watchcases, ideal for protecting and showing to best effect the most precise timepieces. Platinum offers new expressive opportunities to contemporary watchmaking, not only because of the importance of technical factors, but also because of its extraordinary aesthetic qualities. We present a bouquet of platinum watches, which is truly representative of the finest of them.
Ever since art deco was first popular, platinum has been the metal of choice for the most precious creations in jewellery, in part because it makes it possible to have a small setting and also because it accentuates the colour of precious gems. Platinum does exactly this here with this sumptuous à secret jewelled watch. Reveal the dial with a simple gesture: just raise the lid of the case hidden at the centre of the bracelet. The diamonds, set entirely in platinum, seem to flutter over the pulse in an enveloping embrace.
This platinum case electronic quartz watch with a secret integrated into the bracelet, with drop diamonds, sapphire glass comes with a bracelet of platinum with drop and brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 88.88 carats.
EXTRA-FLAT BALLON BLEU DE CARTIER
Launched in 2007, there have been many different models in this collection, including complicated ones. The latest version is extra-flat and very elegant with a slender but generous platinum case. It comes in blue and is available in a numbered limited edition of 199 pieces. Iconic as ever, it includes all the typical details of the collection, including the spherical crown that gives the watch its name. Protected by an arch and decorated with a cabochon sapphire, the crown makes this particular watch immediately recognisable.
This platinum, 46 mm diameter and 7.05 mm high: mechanical manual, made in-house, extra-flat watch has hours and minutes functions.
DOUBLE TOURBILLON 30° TECHNIQUE
This watch is an interpretation of the first double tourbillon model to be made by Greubel and Forsey. This latest version, in platinum, reveals the movement, including a double tourbillon with both cages at an angle of 30°. The smaller of the two cages rotates in 60 seconds, while the larger one takes four minutes. A message describing the creators’ passion for watchmaking and desire to help it evolve through technological research is engraved in the middle.
This 47.55mm platinum case mechanical manual, made in-house watch, with double tourbillon escapement has 5-day power reserve with functions including hours and minutes at the centre, subsidiary seconds, sectorial indication of autonomy and rotation of the external tourbillon cage.