Luxury & Brands
Text by Simone Louis
As if the original model weren’t cool enough, the more luxurious edition of the Space Pirate, as it’s called, in the brand’s red gold alloy, exceeds expectations. The Watchmaking machine n ° 6 features a 360-degree sphere, capped with transparent sapphire crystal domes in each of the four corners of its biomorphic case. The initial inspiration for the watch was a Japanese animated television series from the childhood of Maximilian Büsser – Captain Flam.
Romantic but mechanically complex, DaisyThe inner dial of the is designed as a daisy, which rotates to indicate the time, using butterfly-patterned hour and minute hands. “He loves me passionately” appears on the dial at the press of a button and, on the back, you can indulge in a nostalgic game of “He loves me, he does not love me”. Embodying the electric atmosphere of Las Vegas, the Poker watch is an exceptional PLC model. The wristwatch, which allows three-player Texas hold’em poker to be played, is one of the watchmaker’s most complicated creations and the first in watchmaking to replicate the game.
Designed by the famous Geneva craftsman Olivier Vaucher, the RM 26-02 Evil Eye Tourbillon is striking to say the least. Its dial is embellished with red gold flames and an enamelled and lacquered “eye”. The high-tech ceramic case features a deep matte black finish that provides an ideal contrast to the fiery intensity of the dial, whose middle is in 5N red gold to echo the brilliant color of the flames.
Van Cleef & Arpels
This one puts a galaxy on your wrist. Rose gold Midnight Planetarium features a miniature replica of our solar system that includes the sun, a shooting star and six jeweled planets. Each planet, represented by stones like red jasper and sugilite (and a beautiful turquoise for the earth), moves on its own disk, accurately representing the orbit around the sun.
One of the watchmaker’s most attractive timepieces, the Chronomat 44 Crow features orange rubber encrusted numerals on the unidirectional rotating bezel, which can be seen from across a room. The colored reflections continue on the inner tachymeter bezel, the central chronograph second hand and the counter hands, while the satin-finished steel case is entirely dressed in black, thanks to a high-resistance carbon-based coating to match the rubber strap. .
Bell & Ross
Designed to resemble radar displays used in air traffic control towers, submarines and other high voltage environments, the Red radar BR 01 uses a disc system mounted on a traditional ETA movement. The cool factor is in its graphics, which features the sweeping effect of a light beam on a real radar screen.
The Swiss watchmaker has undoubtedly delighted fans of football club Arsenal FC with an official team watch. Painted in the club’s signature bright red color, the Arsenal Aeroscope Limited Edition features a honeycomb embossed dial presented in a 44mm sandblasted black DLC coated titanium case with a matching titanium bezel.
The Opus 3, created in partnership with steampunk watchmaker Vianney Halter, breaks all the rules of time display and design. The time is read through six “windows” through which 10 discs, rotating independently, display the hours (upper exterior windows), minutes (lower exterior windows) and the date (center-up and center-down windows). To prevent the dial from being too static before an hour or minute change, the upper date window displays a countdown to the last four seconds of the minute!
Quirky reminiscent of classic video game culture, the brand Pac-Man the timepieces pay homage to what is arguably one of the most recognizable games in history, also marking the popular yellow character’s debut in the luxury goods world. These watches recreate a view of the gameplay, with colorful pixelated characters.
Fuchsia, turquoise, pale pink, yellow, purple, orange … the embroidered lurex threads are inspired by the 2016 fashion shows of the Big Bang Embroidery Sugar Skull. The assortment of colors forms a not-so-scary skull on the dial, juxtaposed with the simplicity of the black ceramic that adorns the case and bezel. The MP 05 LaFerrari Sapphire, on the other hand, takes a different approach. Dressing the movement inspired by the brand’s Ferrari engine in an all-sapphire case, the watch is the result of a close collaboration between the brand’s watchmakers and Ferrari’s design director, Flavio Manzoni.
A popular model from a brand that has carved out a niche for itself with its machine-inspired timepieces, the P1-03 is undeniably striking, exuding a confident demeanor that’s hard to ignore. The urban and sporty watch displays a bold orange color complemented by a stainless steel case with black PVD treatment, while the silver hour hand reinforces its aesthetic appeal.
Now waiting for the unusual from this brand, it’s no surprise that three of their designs are successful. With the Maori skull, it introduces traditional decorative techniques for the first time, as the now iconic skull comes to life through intricate Maori-style tribal engravings. The bold choice to remove the minutes shifts the attention to the hairline and focuses all attention on the architectural design of the room.
The H4 Metropolis displays the time using fluorescent liquids, by means of a small electric generator which feeds two LED light sources at 6 o’clock under the pilot, thus illuminating the entire dial without batteries.
A watch that overcomes the force of gravity, Azo project The timepiece is sure to turn heads, with a fluorescent case whose color matches perfectly with the liquids contained in the fluid module of the watch.