These are the latest creations that the Swiss finest watch brands released for Christmas:
BULGARI – Mediterranean Eden watch
Mediterranean Eden, the latest creation from Bulgari, draws inspiration from the history and culture of the Mediterranean basin. Its subtle construction, at the crossroads of watchmaking and jewellery, is firmly rooted in the heritage of the brand which presents this collection of “mysterious” watches. Its pivoting openwork cover, when raised, shows the time on the mother-of-pearl dial which it delicately conceals when closed. Evoking the warm arabesques of
Mediterranean architecture, this collection is proposed in three interpretations, from the simplest version in white gold or pink gold to the most spectacular, in pink gold with a multicoloured cover where 135 diamonds juxtapose ten generously proportioned coloured stones – amethyst, tourmaline, citrine, peridot and topaz – in an original and refined composition as only Bulgari knows how.
Movement: Quartz, customised for Bulgari;
Functions: Hours and minutes;
18K pink gold or white gold with a gemset and openwork pivoting cover, 40 mm.
Simple 18K pink gold version: 1 pearl, crown set with a pearl
18K white gold version: 6 pearls, 58 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.45 ct), 4 round diamonds (0.58 ct), crown set with a pearl
Multicoloured 18K pink gold version: 132 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.1 cts), 3 round diamonds (0.34 ct), 10 coloured stones, crown set with a tourmaline;
Water-resistant to 30 m (3 ATM)
Dial: Mother-of-pearl with the same arabesque pattern as the cover
Bracelet/ Strap: Satin with triple-blade folding clasp in 18K pink gold or white gold.
MB & F – Legacy Machine No1 watch
With its monumental central balance, magnificently decorated movement, fully independent dual time zones, unique vertical power-reserve indicator and elegant annular case, Legacy Machine No1 is a tribute to the great innovators of traditional watchmaking, and an authentic MB&F Horological Machine.
The idea took seed when Maximilian Büsser got to wondering what he would have invented had he been born a century earlier… a question he answered with help from the friends with whom he imagined this unique timepiece.
The in-house movement is testimony to the immense talent of its creators: Jean-François Mojon who rose to the challenge of imagining the calibre from a blank sheet, and Kari Voutilainen who guaranteed the historical accuracy of the style.
This three-dimensional “machine” is true to the imposing construction of nineteenth-century pocket watches, with superlative finishing throughout in the finest Legacy spirit.
Movement: Hand-wound with single barrel, bespoke balance wheel floating above the dials, 279 parts, 23 jewels, 18,000 vib/h, 45-hour power reserve;
Functions: Hours, minutes, independent dual time zone and power reserve;
Case: 18K pink gold or grey gold, 65 parts, 44 mm.
Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective on both sides, and sapphire crystal caseback
Crowns at 4 o’clock to set the time and wind the right dial, and at 8 o’clock to set the time of the left dial.
Dial: Balance wheel in the centre.
Dials at 3 and 9 o’clock for local time and dual time zone.
Vertical power-reserve indicator at 6 o’clock
Bracelet/Strap: Hand-stitched black or brown alligator with matching 18K gold buckle.
BOVET – Chronograph Cambiano Edition 2011 watch
Less than a year after turning heads with its Tourbillon Ottanta, developed and manufactured for Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary, Bovet presents the Chronograph Cambiano Edition 2011.
The style is the same, with characteristic screws and oscillating weight. A succession of curves and sharp angles connect the different volumes for an architecturally rich timepiece, structured by contrasting and meticulously executed finishes and surface treatments.
The Amadeo convertible case allows it to be used as a wristwatch, a small clock, a pocket watch or a sports counter. A successful merging of the worlds of cars and Haute Horlogerie, underscored by technical accomplishment and refined style.
Movement: Automatic, Bovet 13BA01 calibre, 13¼ lines, 28,800 vib/h, 50-hour power reserve;
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph and tachymeter scale;
Case: Convertible in circular satined steel, 45 mm;
Bezel, stand and bow in microblasted steel with black DLC coating;
Crown at 12 o’clock and pushers at 1 and 11 o’clock in polished steel;
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal;
Water-resistant to 100 m (10 ATM)
Dial: Steel, 35 parts on five levels
30-minute counter, 12-hour counter and small seconds at 9, 3 and 6 o’clock;
Tachymeter scale on the flange;
Large date window at 12 o’clock
Bracelet/Strap: Black rubber with steel buckle.
DUBEY & SCHALDENBRAND – Grand Dôme DT watch
A fresh start for Dubey & Schaldenbrand. Under its owner since 2009, Jonatan Gil, the brand is stepping back into the spotlight with exclusive and resolutely contemporary timepieces, as the Grand Dôme DT eloquently demonstrates. The tonneau case makes its mark with force and elegance.
It houses a finely worked Valjoux 7751 calibre. The dial and counters interlace circles of different dimensions with subtly contrasting chequered guilloché and sunray satin finishes.
Useful functions – date, day, month, moon phases and chronograph – are vertically aligned for visual balance and at-a-glance legibility.
Movement: Automatic, Valjoux 7751 calibre, 28,800 vib/h, 25 jewels, personalised rotor, 48-hour power reserve;
Functions: Hours, minutes, day, date, month, moon phase and chronograph;
Case: Tonneau in 316L stainless steel, 37 x 52 mm
Anti-reflective convex sapphire crystal and sapphire back
Water-resistant to 50 m / 5 ATM
Dial: Black, chequered guilloché and sunray finish
Minute counter and day and month discs at 12 o’clock
Hour counter and moon phase at 6 o’clock
Central date hand
Bracelet/ Strap: Black alligator leather with folding clasp
Other versions: Steel case with silvered, white or ivory dial
18K pink gold case with black or silvered dial
Two-tone case with 18K pink gold bezel, crown and pushers, black or silvered dial
Steel case, bezel set with 132 diamonds (1.23 cts) or 423 black diamonds (4.46 cts).
PERRELET – Turbine Poker watch
Perrelet deals a winning hand with its signature double-rotor watches, and rewrites the rules of the game with the Turbine Poker. The 12 spinning blades allow tantalising glimpses of the cards underneath, while a flick of the wrist is all it takes to call your opponent’s bluff! This statement watch comes with three versions of the dial. One deals a winning pair of sevens.
A second deals a pair of sevens and two royal flushes, one with hearts and one with spades. A third deals two full suits: jacks over sevens and kings over sevens. When the wrist is still, the turbine spins to a halt and finally reveals the cards.
Winner takes all!
Movement: Automatic, exclusive Perrelet P-181 double rotor calibre, openwork and black lacquer rotor with Perrelet decoration;
Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds
Case: Steel with black DLC coating, 44 mm
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal on both sides
Water-resistant to 50 m (5 ATM)
Dial: Three hands of cards under the black Turbine
Red and white hourmarkers
Bracelet/Strap: Natural black rubber with black DLC-coated steel buckle.
ERNEST BOREL – 155th Anniversary Collection GS6155-2590 watch
Established in 1856, Ernest Borel this year celebrates its 155th anniversary with an eponymous collection that exalts a past that is rich in tradition. In its constant desire to be a part of life’s most romantic moments, Ernest Borel presents a new interpretation of its expertise, for her and for him.
This delicately decorated timepiece reveals the virtuoso skill of the company’s watchmakers through its transparent case back. Ten diamond hourmarkers lend brilliance to the eminently sober and delicate dial with its guilloché centre. Elegance and classicism come together for infinite moments of magic and love.
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2892 calibre, 21 jewels, rhodium-plated movement, blued screws.
Women’s version: ETA 2671 calibre, 25 jewels
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and date
Case: Stainless steel, 40.5 mm, Women’s version: 29.5 mm
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal and transparent caseback
Water-resistant to 30 m (3 ATM)
Dial: Silvered, guilloché
10 diamond hourmarkers and 2 Roman numerals
Luminescent blued hands
Date window at 3 o’clock
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel with safety clasp
Other versions: Two-tone with black or silvered dial.
HEBE – Aurore watch
The Aurore watch is a finely executed timepiece from HEBE. A homage to the watchmaking tradition of the Swiss Jura, the brand expresses its founding values – confidence, seduction and vitality – through the combination of different metals and the skeletonised movement. The rare but no less captivating auroras borealis have inspired the traditional yet at the same time highly contemporary design of this monochrome watch.
The galvanised steel, matched with the absence of a dial, produces an ingenious interplay of forms and transparencies that hints at the magnetic activity behind these auroras. Robust yet light, structured yet spontaneous, this timepiece is indeed a heavenly sight.
Movement: Hand-wound, ETA 6498, 16½ lines, 46-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds
Case Steel with black PVD coating, 43 mm
Sapphire crystal, front and back
Water-resistant to 50 m (5 ATM)
Dial Small seconds at 6 o’clock
12 applied cabochon hourmarkers
Bracelet/Strap Black leather with folding clasp in steel with black PVD coating.
PHILIP STEIN – Prestige Cocktail Watch
There is more to the Prestige Cocktail watch than meets the eye. Beyond an elegant timepiece showing hours, minutes and a dual time zone, Philip Stein introduces an element of well-being to horological expertise, and equips each of its watches with a “Natural Frequency Disc” – a thin metal plate that helps balance energy flow in the body and increase resistance to stress. And what could be more beautiful than to wrap this holistic technology in a precious timepiece!
The natural white mother-of-pearl dial is enhanced with 32 diamonds around the two counters.
The bezel, which is set with 112 brilliants, mirrors the curves of the polished steel case and its two crowns, a reminder of the two separate mechanisms inside. A design and values that are the hallmark of a Philip Stein watch.
Movement: Quartz, two ETA E01.001 calibres
Functions: Hours, minutes and dual time zone
Case: Polished stainless steel
Bezel set with 112 diamonds (0.45 ct)
Dial White mother-of-pearl
Top counter showing hours and minutes
Bottom counter showing the second time zone
Contour of the counters set with 32 diamonds (0.07 ct)
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Bracelet/Strap Double tour in red merino.