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MODERN SPIRIT

Luxury Swiss watchmaker Corum has created a Lab collection where mechanics take precedence, in a contemporary yet disruptive timepiece. The first two barrel-shaped series, each limited to 99 pieces, were launched recently in Beijing. Different, unique, off the beaten track: Corum’s conception of watchmaking today has no equal. The brand launched a new limited series that embodies this manifesto: the Heritage Corum Lab 01. The idea: offer pieces with a racing, sculptural, technical, modern spirit and which will only be available as limited editions.

The first two “Heritage Corum Lab 01” models feature a barrel-shaped case made entirely of black DLC. A rare occurrence in modern watchmaking: the caliber that drives these two Heritage Corum Lab 01 watches is a “shape movement”, that is to say a movement that has been made to measure for the case, in contrast to a round movement that is placed in a differently-shaped case, which, for technical ease, is how the immense majority of watches are made. Here, the caliber and the case are closely intertwined, one molding to the contours of the other.

450 1Corum has opted for an open worked dial which allows for the CO 410 skeleton caliber that fits snugly in the case to be admired. The dial, reduced to its simplest expression, comes in grey anthracite enhanced with either red or white, depending on the version. Enthusiasts will also note the micro-rotor, visible from the dial side, featuring a contemporary spiral finish to accentuate the “speed” effect when it begins to rotate.

These are two models which embody the brand’s disruptive approach to watchmaking, as evidenced by the juxtaposition of ‘Heritage’ and ‘Lab’. In traditional Fine Watchmaking, the two concepts are never associated with one another. Heritage looks to the past, the lab to the future. The underlying principle that the watchmaker is establishing with the Heritage Corum Lab 01 is precisely to create a dialogue between these two.

What would René Bannwart or Severin Wunderman have made of Corum heritage today? Progressive, even avant-garde innovators, certainly wouldn’t simply have just reissued pieces. The Heritage Corum Lab 01 is the brand’s response to this vision which drives Corum, today more than ever.

Both watches feature a CO 410 automatic movement with key functions including hours, minutes and a 50-hour power reserve. The tonneau-shaped case dimensions are identical measuring 38mm, 30 x 32mm and the movement is finished with a Cote de Genève decoration. The watch case is made of titanium grade 5 with black DLC treatment. The watch dials though are dissimilar i.e. one limited edition features a charcoal grey & red dial.

The second limited edition shares most of the above features except the dial colors which are charcoal grey & white. Both editions are water resistant to 50 meters and have a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment and an open back cover with glare proof sapphire crystal. Both limited editions are fitted with a rubber strap with an 18 mm triple folding clasp.

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Butterfly Collection

BUTTERFLY COLLECTION

Luxury Swiss brand Artya’s – Son of Earth Butterfly Collection brings a fresh color to its traditional cases with three new shades chocolate butterfly delicacy, black butterfly pasionaria and butterfly blue lagoon.

Artya’s dial artist Dominique Arpa-Cirpka offers a new creative take each time; for these magnificent cases, the result is a high-flying artistic composition featuring a kaleidoscope of butterfly wing fragments. These miniature works of art draw your gaze into a dream world in which beauty reigns supreme. These watches don’t simply reproduce the design, style and color of a butterfly but also incorporate genuine butterfly wings within the dial. The watches are unique, tailor-made watches that are both creative and extraordinary in the field of watchmaking.

BUTTERFLY-COLLECTION3BUTTERFLY-COLLECTION2The subtle butterfly wings from the Lepidoptera family are also enhanced with gold leaf. The blend of green, orange and black hues amid the gold leaf creates a unique color balance; the interplay of the matching shades makes it look as if the gold is actually part of the wings themselves. Each tone naturally finds its place, the very particular texture of the butterfly wings reflecting light in an ever-changing way varying with the place, the atmosphere and the time of day.

Artya really has outdone itself with the butterfly collection, creating a living watch, alive with perpetual movement. The wearer sports a timepiece that will remain discreet when concealed by a sleeve but which comes to life when the butterfly timepiece is exposed to the light, displaying all-new reflections each time.

Truthful to its desire to create unique pieces, Artya offers its customers customized cases and hands. This timepiece has a set of hands decorated with a large A floating above the butterfly dial. The case is a traditional round Classic shape and the watches will be available in several sizes from 38mm to 47mm.

The timepiece uses a Swiss made three-hand automatic caliber and is set on a black leather strap featuring black hand-sewn top-stitching. This finish creates a discreet, authentic effect to underscore the natural beauty of the butterfly wings displayed on the dial.

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iconic signature

ICONIC SIGNATURE

The Vintage 1945 Lady from Girard-Perregaux is one of the luxury Swiss watchmaker’s most iconic signature timepieces that confidently assume the collection’s identity codes to reveal its feminine side. Dressed in steel delicately hemmed with two rows of diamonds, the watch harmonizes the straight lines and curves inherited from the aesthetic of the early twentieth century. The Art Deco inspiration infused into every last detail of its lines seems to come straight out of the present time.

The profile of the case here takes on a sensual allure. The perfectly integrated crown withdraws to allow the watch’s profile to shine. The hours spread out over a fine expressive canvas, while the watch curls ergonomically around the wrist.

iconic signatureThe dial exhibits judicious restraint notwithstanding the curve, which follows the outline of the case. Sober and sophisticated, dauphine hands sweep the central rectangular rail track, which is meticulously curved by hand to stroke the swell of the dial.

The figure 12 is majestically enthroned above the discreet date at 6 o’clock. At 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, two diamond hour markers balance the composition. The Vintage 1945 Lady comes in two dial versions silvered or anthracite and both are offered with black or white alligator strap.

The manufacture caliber GP02700 reveals its flawless mechanism through the sapphire back. Entirely designed in-house at the manufacture, it is the brand’s smallest self-winding caliber, specially designed to drive ladies’ watches and respond to our female clientele’s interest in mechanical timepieces. Latest in line of the manufacture’s self-winding mechanical calibers, the GP02700 has a compact and sophisticated construction. With its 19.40 mm diameter, it is a perfect fit for luxury ladies watches.

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moonphase watch

MOONPHASE WATCH

Uber luxury Swiss watchmaker Louis Moinet presents a stellar surprise that’s literally out of this world, with their Stardance moonphase watch. This shining example of Louis Moinet’s creativity, boasts of a moon that is made of a piece of a meteorite that originated from the orbit of Mercury making it a truly unique gift for Valentine’s Day.

The Stardance is unique through and through, with a Moon made from an authentic fragment of the Enstatite EH3 meteorite. Its brilliance is anything but incidental: it comes from Nano diamonds, formed by stellar collisions that most probably took place before our solar system was formed. The Stardance dates – literally – from the dawn of time.

When Louis Moinet designed the Stardance, the goal was to produce something beautiful, genuine and authentic – as well as unique and lyrical. These lofty aspirations had to be confined within a diameter of just 36 mm.

The lunar disc is housed behind an aventurine window, delicately etched out in the form of a cloud. Opposite this opening at 12 o’clock is a second’s disc at 6 o’clock in the form of a sun, lighting up a dial featuring the Cotes du Jura pattern, also unique to Louis Moinet. This dazzling pattern nestles beneath a diamond-studded bezel, to which a jewelled case adds the finishing touch.

The Enstatite EH3 meteorite has its origins in the orbit around Mercury, the smallest planet in our solar system. Estimated to have formed 4.5 billion years ago as a result of cosmic collisions pre-dating the formation of the current solar system, the meteorite reached earth after travelling millions of kilometers.

The watch features a mother-of-pearl dial and presents the twin universes of day (sun) and night (moon). Night is evoked by the dazzling moon phase indicator at 12 o’clock, created from a finely-crafted fragment of the rare Enstatite EH3 meteorite containing interstellar diamonds. Daytime is represented by the silvered sun-shaped small seconds at 6 o’clock.

It is not only the nano-diamonds of the meteorite moon phase that dazzle – the white ceramic bezel is distinguished by an inner ring of 54 VVS Top Wesselton diamonds interspersed with 6 cabochon-cut sapphires.  The watch case is made of high-tech, grade five polished titanium, the lightness of which makes for a timepiece that is extremely comfortable to wear. Turning over the Stardance, the beautifully finished automatic movement is revealed through the display case back.

The design of the automatic winding rotor provides a stylish continuation of the day-night theme: The central disc is decorated with a new moon surrounded by the golden rays of the sun adorning the rotor. The watch is fitted with a white alligator leather strap with a distinctive glazed finish thanks to a special white/metal pigment treatment.