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April 11, 2014

In Perfect Time!

Sleek and stylish, classy and contemporary, trendy and timeless, they are all examples of fine watchmaking. Verve presents some of the timekeepers that were showcased at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2014

  • THE SAXONIA, A. Lange & Söhne
    THE SAXONIA, A. Lange & Söhne
  • THE BALLON BLANC DE CARTIER,  Cartier
    THE BALLON BLANC DE CARTIER, Cartier
  • THE ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE, Audemars Piguet
    THE ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE, Audemars Piguet
  • AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION, IWC Schaffausen
    AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION, IWC Schaffausen
  • MIDNIGHT PLANÉTARIUM POETIC COMPLICATION, Van Cleef & Arpels
    MIDNIGHT PLANÉTARIUM POETIC COMPLICATION, Van Cleef & Arpels
  • RADIOMIR 1940 CHRONOGRAPH, Panerai
    RADIOMIR 1940 CHRONOGRAPH, Panerai
  • MALTE SMALL, Vacheron Constantin
    MALTE SMALL, Vacheron Constantin
  • HOMMAGE AUTOMATICS, Roger Dubuis
    HOMMAGE AUTOMATICS, Roger Dubuis
  • PIAGET ALTIPLANO 38MM 900P, Piaget
    PIAGET ALTIPLANO 38MM 900P, Piaget
  • RM 07-01 LADIES WATCH, Richard Mille
    RM 07-01 LADIES WATCH, Richard Mille
  • MONTBLANC STAR TWIN MOONPHASE, Montblanc
    MONTBLANC STAR TWIN MOONPHASE, Montblanc
  • RENDEZ-VOUS DATE, Jaeger-LeCoultre
    RENDEZ-VOUS DATE, Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • TONDA METROPOLITAINE STEEL SET WHITE MOP, Parmigiani Fleurier
    TONDA METROPOLITAINE STEEL SET WHITE MOP, Parmigiani Fleurier
  • THE CLIFTON FLYING TOURBILLON, Baume & Mercier
    THE CLIFTON FLYING TOURBILLON, Baume & Mercier

THE SAXONIA
A. Lange & Söhne
There’s beauty in simplicity and this neat design by A. Lange & Söhne embodies this very essence. Sleek hands, rhodiumed gold baton hour markers, mother-ofpearl face and a subsidiary dial that displays the seconds make it an exceptional piece. With the brilliance of 60 flawless diamonds encased in an 18-carat white gold two-part case, the Saxonia is easily one of the prettiest watches. The manually wound manufacture calibre L941.2 assures high timekeeping accuracy, delivering a power reserve of 45 hours when fully wound. Available in white or brown crocodile leather, the Saxonia models constitute a fascinating combination of horological precision.

THE BALLON BLANC DE CARTIER 
Cartier
This breathtaking creation by Cartier is everything that a jewellery watch should be – precious, feminine and delicate. A watch that unites the Maison’s jewelry and watchmaking secrets, the Ballon Blanc de Cartier radiates the Ballon de Cartier signature style with its mother-of-pearl flinqué dial and blued-steel sword-shaped hands. The bracelet, consisting of five rows of perfect diamond-set or smooth beads, is definitely the highlight of this masterpiece.

THE ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE 
Audemars Piguet 
Originally designed by Audemars Piguet as the ultimate male chronograph for extreme sports, the Royal Oak Offshore 37mm collection retains the bold design features of the Royal Oak, revisited in a slimmer, more sophisticated case. The hallmark ‘Mega Tapestry’ pattern with its square block motifs on the dial brings out the contrasting textures and depth. Available in steel and pink gold versions, the Royal Oak Off shore marries sophistication with functionality exceptionally well.

AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION 
“EXPEDITION JACQUES-YVES COUSTEAU” 
The Aquatimer Collection 
IWC Schaffausen 
IWC Schaffausen’s Aquatimer Collection features timepieces that are more purist in terms of design elements with a haute horlogerie complication in the form of a perpetual calendar and a large digital date display that appears for the fi rst time in this watch family. The new Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau” however, is immediately recognizable as a typical “Coustau”. With its sea-blue dial and its internal rotating bezel and a small coral-red seconds hand in the counter at 9 o’clock, this piece is homage to Cousteau’s lifelong passion for coral reefs.

MIDNIGHT PLANÉTARIUM POETIC COMPLICATION 
Poetic Complication Collection 
Van Cleef & Arpels 
The Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication provides a miniature representation of the movement of the planets around the sun and their position at any given time. This exquisite beauty celebrates celestial orbits and in fact, one follows the shooting star, located at the outer edge of the dial to tell the time. Van Cleef & Arpels’ jewellery-making expertise can be seen through the painstaking attention that has been given to selecting the stones that represent the planets. This truly remarkable timepiece offers a means of immortalizing one’s own lucky day in the universe.

RADIOMIR 1940 CHRONOGRAPH 
ORO ROSSO – 45MM 
Radiomir 1940 Chronograph 
Panerai 
The new Radiomor Chronographs embody simple elegance, intrinsic to Panerai’s expertise. The beautiful red gold case is highlighted by luminous Arabic and Roman numerals. A glowing bezel frames a Plexiglass® crystal – similar to the one used in original models created for the Royal Italian Navy. The Radiomir 1940 Chronograph Oro Rosso – 45mm, available in white gold and platinum versions has been produced in a unique edition limited to 100 each – 50 for the platinum version.

MALTE SMALL 
Vacheron Constantin
The Malte Small’s pure and supremely classic lines are imbued with a delightfully modern touch and radiate a particularly sensual aura when accentuated by sparkling diamonds. This simple, yet enchanting Vacheron Constantin piece adopts a slender aesthetic that is exquisitely feminine. Its mechanical expertise can be admired through the transparent tonneau-shaped case-back while the face entirely paved with 370 round-cut diamonds truly makes this piece a breathtaking work of art.

HOMMAGE AUTOMATICS 
Hommage Collection 
Roger Dubuis
Featuring an instantly recognisable design, the Hommage collection offers superiority that one expects from the Roger Dubuis house. The pink gold Roman numerals on a charcoal grey applique and a snailed small seconds counter at 9 o’clock add character to this exceptional piece. The uncompromising excellence of the Hommage Automatic’s individually hand-finished components makes it entirely worthy of bearing Mr. Roger Dubuis’ signature on the case-back.

PIAGET ALTIPLANO 38MM 900P 
Piaget
The Piaget Altiplano 38mm 900P – the world’s thinnest watch – is excellence embodied. Piaget celebrates its 140th anniversary with a mechanical masterpiece geared for cutting-edge innovation. Piaget achieves this by merging the case and the movement, to form a single indivisible entity. The beveled and sunburst satin-brushed, black coated bridges create an elegant contrast with the white gold case. It maintains a simple bearing despite its exceptional architecture, which adds to its appeal.

RM 07-01 LADIES WATCH 
Richard Mille 
With the RM 07-01, Richard Mille intimately understands the 21st century woman. A creation that is inspired by the synthesis between Haute Horlogerie elegance and the ‘tough love’ provided by new materials, it excites with the sensual and curvaceous lines of the tonneau-shaped case and a dial with a gemstone set centre field. And if it shines in aesthetic perfection, it also excels at technical mastery, the beauty of which can be seen perfectly through the back. Its new RM patented crown construction is impossible to dislodge or break. Striking the perfect balance between performance and aesthetics, this is definitely a marvel in watchmaking.

MONTBLANC STAR TWIN MOONPHASE 
The Montblanc Star Collection 
Montblanc 
Montblanc has surpassed itself with its latest creation – The Montblanc Star Twin Moonphase. While its display shows the moon’s phases in the Northern and Southern hemispheres with the age of the moon in days, an asymmetrically arranged aperture between 1 o’clock and 2 o’clock is the date subdial. Its classical face in a special polished stainless steel case, and an alligator leather wristband secured by a triply folding stainless steel clasp constitute this very elegant timepiece.

RENDEZ-VOUS DATE
The Rendez-Vous Collection 
Jaeger-LeCoultre 
Born of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s wish to offer contemporary women a timepiece in their own image, the Rendez-Vous Date retains a feminine essence – a new 27.5 mm diameter case in glowing pink gold, epitomising in-house expertise in the field of mechanical miniaturisation. This exceptional timepiece asserts its own timeless style, nurtured by the noblest traditions of precision and technical, fine watchmaking.

TONDA METROPOLITAINE STEEL SET WHITE MOP
Tonda Metropolitaine
Parmigiani Fleurier
Parmigani Fleurier is redefining women’s watches with its eclectic collection. One of them is the Tonda Metropolitane Steel Set White MOP with a unique quality about itself. The seconds subdial at 6 o’clock with the date under an openworked dial is what immediately catches one’s eye. The radiant white mother-of-pearl dial is unexpected and adds beautifully to the charm of this piece.

THE CLIFTON FLYING TOURBILLON
Baume & Mercier
The Clifton 1892 Flying Tourbillon in 18k red gold revives Baume & Mercier’s tradition of offering attractively accurate complication watches in the pure tradition of Swiss watchmaking. A manually wound mechanical caliber (P591) is controlled by a flying tourbillon produced by the Val Fleurier manufacturer, which is visible through an opening at 9 o’clock in the silvered opaline dial. With a hand-sewn alligator strap, it is enough to turn the heads of Haute Horlogerie aficionados.

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