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.
The 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.
A select few brands are going back to their heritage and recreating timepieces from their past and Swiss brand Albert Riele’s Family 1881 Limited Edition collection is a throwback to the past. Limited to 135 timepieces, the collection offers four unique pocket watches that are the flagship of the Family 1881 jubilee collection.
Their exquisite and ingeniously constructed mechanisms are the perfect embodiment of the Albert Riele brand’s character. They pay tribute to tradition and yet are at the same time an expression of the company’s approach to form and presentation. This duality is further emphasized by the watch construction, allowing the wearer to read the time and observe the workings of the mechanism through the transparent cover.
Albert Riele was established in 1881 in Switzerland – the home of watchmaking – as a traditional watch atelier. In the year 2013 the brand was bought over by investors, bringing it a new sparkle with a whole array of fabulous timepieces. In 2016 Albert Riele celebrates its 135th anniversary. A special jubilee collection of unique watches has been created for this occasion – Family 1881.
Albert Riele redefines style. Its watches boldly embody perfect design solutions in a fresh, modern spirit. They are the answer to the question of what a contemporary, high-end wristwatch should look like. The design of Albert Riele timepieces is a meeting of tradition, an inherent measure of chic, with the youthful energy of their talented designers’ vision.
Albert Riele attaches great importance to details. Perfect balance between aesthetic and functional features determines the distinctive character of the Albert Riele timepiece. It also sets the tone for the choice of materials and components: reliable quartz and mechanical Swiss movements, sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, high quality stainless steel and butterfly clasp watch bands.
To celebrate the success of the resurgence of Corum’s iconic model Bubble, the brand has launched three new Bubble High Jewellery Skeleton timepieces with open- worked, ultra-thin movements – each a one-of-a-kind creation set with exquisite gemstone: rubies, blue sapphires and black sapphires.
Multihued precious colors shine through in the three one-off editions paved with dazzling precious stones. Even in the rarefied world of haute joaillerie timepieces, the Bubble High Jewellery Skeleton is singularly rare. Only three will be made, with each a singular creation distinguished by baguette-cut diamonds and gemstone hour markers, all set by hand, a task that requires hundreds of hours.
The imposing white gold watchcase provides an ample canvas on which the master gem-setter applies his skills. Each watch is set with 131 brilliant-cut diamonds on the dial, and a further 42 on the bezel, totaling a stunning 5.7 carats of diamonds. What makes each timepiece utterly irreplaceable are the 12 baguette-cut gems that form the hour markers, being either rubies, blue sapphires or black sapphires.
Past the dazzling gemstones on the dial, the CO 055 calibre is showcased under the monumental sapphire crystal, tall enough it serves as a loupe to magnify the delicate details of the movement. Positioned slightly off-center in keeping with the quirky spirit of the Bubble, the movement has been reduced to its bare essentials, with the bridges and base plate skeletonized by hand.
Each Bubble High Jewellery Skeleton is fitted to an alligator hide strap finished in the same shade as the gemstone hour markers, and paired with a white gold pin buckle.
The watchmaker continues to set higher standards of high-quality watchmaking by intensifying its technical watchmaking capabilities. Corum watches traverse a wide spectrum of styles and functions, remaining in line with the core elements of the company’s founding philosophy – quality, creativity and innovation.
Italo Fontana, creator of U-BOAT, has introduced the Chimera Net developed along the lines of the iconic Chimera B&B timepiece, the case features bezel and case band constructed of blackened steel, whereas the short lugs and case back are formed of naturally aged bronze.
U-Boat’s Italian-designed oversized luxury timepieces for men are distinguished by their large crown wheel on the left-hand side of the watch. No matter what the collection, the rugged and masculine characteristics of the watch remain uniform and the look is distinctly retro.
The dial of the Chimera Net consists of three superimposed discs with the last layer made of a laser cut fine wire mesh in stainless steel which allows the movement to be half-seen.
Under the optic thick and flat sapphire glass on the back of the case, ready to be admired is the U-77 Valjoux Top Soignè automatic mechanical movement, modified and personalized to U-BOAT specifications.
The back of the case boasts a personalized 925 sterling silver rotor with subsequent coating of PVD opaque black with blue screws. The watch is available in a limited edition of 300 pieces.