Novelties at the 2015 Watches & Wonders, Hong Kong
The 2015 edition of Asia’s leading watches exhibition Watches & Wonders which takes place in Hong Kong between September 30 and October 3, gathers 11 Richemont Group watch brands and independent watch-maker Richard Mille. For this third edition of the event with targets individual buyers, the participating brands have decided to go all out with more launches as well as increasingly striking and distinctive innovations.
Vacheron Constantin introduces the Heures Creatives ladies watches collection: Heures Créatives: Heure Romantique Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement of the early 20th century, a movement advocating a return to nature, with undulating shapes, organic swirls and effusive arabesques. Crafted in 18-carat white gold and adorned with 104 round-cut diamonds (approx. 2.5 cts), its bezel undulates around a mother-of-pearl dial.
Heures Créatives: Heure Audacieuse The 1970s were a period of audacity and freedom. This Avantgarde model diverted the belt from its customary use by turning it into a precious cuff watch. The buckle that serves as a case glows with the effect of snow-set round-cut diamonds. Heures Créatives: Heures Discrète Inspired by Art Deco and the Roaring Twenties the Heures Discrète is shaped like a fan dressed in 286 diamonds. The fan is carved in white gold, fashioned like guipure lace and then carpeted with a crescendo of precious stones to emphasize the geometry. When pivoted, it reveals a small white mother-of-pearl window with finely textured stripes and swept over by two hands.
Officine Panerai presents Radiomir 1940 3 Days based on Panerai calibre P.1000, a new hand-wound movement with a power reserve of three days. The new watch is available in steel or red gold with a diameter of 42 mm. The new P.1000 calibre, entirely made in the Panerai manufacture in Neuchatel, is a solid, reliable movement with a large brush-finished bridge covering the major part of the wheel-work and a bridge with two supports firmly holding the balance. The P.1000 calibre has a diameter of just 26.8 mm and a thickness of 3,85 mm.
Cartier has unveiled the Clé de Cartier Flying Tourbillon watch, graced with an entirely diamond-set case. The flying tourbillon, as aesthetically beautiful as it is delicate, has led the watchmakers to pay particular attention to the finishing of its 142 parts. As with all Cartier Fine Watchmaking movements, the parts of this mechanical movement with manual winding have been given a specific finish: chamfered bridges, drawn flanks and polished screw heads.
Montblanc presents at Watches & Wonders 2015 a wide range of new watch models including the Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères NightSky - limited to just 18 pieces and inspired by Vasco da Gama’s historic expedition, the Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères NightSky watch is an elaborately crafted timepiece featuring fine artisanal details. The striking 18-karat gold dial displays two globes illustrating the passage of days and nights in the northern and southern hemispheres. This revolutionary timepiece, which unites a cylindrical tourbillon and a uniquely functional worldtime indication, pushes the boundaries of fine watchmaking with its exceptional performance and beauty.
Montblanc’s innovative Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar Sapphire watch embodies all the codes of fine watchmaking down to the smallest detail. This elegant 18-karat red gold timepiece showcases the mechanical splendor of its perpetual calendar grand complication movement through a transparent dial of smoky sapphire crystal that combines traditional aesthetics and technical prowess.
Richard Mille‘s Tourbillon RM 26-02 Evil Eye was designed and brought to life by Olivier Vaucher, a renowned craftsman from Geneva. Fashioned from 3N red gold, the flames and eye have been hand-carved using chisels made specifically to perfect the tiniest details. The art of grand feu enameling is what gives the eye its striking depth and realism.
In grand feu enameling, the motif is painted onto the gold dial using various rare oxides before it is fired at a high temperature between 800°C and 900°C several times under the extremely attentive eye of the enameler in a process that leaves no room for mistakes. It is then finished with several more layers of transparent lacquer which are also fired in the identical manner. The Evil Eye is nestled at the heart of the tourbillon RM26-02 caliber, a manual winding movement with a power reserve of approximately 50 hours indicated by a red line on a differential-driven, rotating disk located between 10 and 11 o’clock.
Jaeger LeCoultre introduces two new new Geophysic watches, the Geophysic True Second and the Geophysic Universal Time. The Geophysic Universal Time is a round watch with simple lines housing the latest-generation automatic calibre: Calibre 772. With engraved continents and oceans displayed in blue lacquer, the dial is a real invitation to travel. The Geophysic True Second features a system that causes the seconds hand to move forwards while “beating the second”, meaning by performing a jump every second. The True Seconds mechanism involves a sophisticated construction whose effectiveness is expressed on the dial by a pleasantly rhythmical reading of the seconds.
Van Cleef & Arpels launches two new ladies watches, Lady Arpels Peau d’Âne Forêt Enchantée, an extension of the magical world of its High Jewellery collection presented at the Biennale des Antiquaires de Paris, dedicated to the fairytale, Peau d’Âne (Donkey Skin). The second watch, Cadrans Extraordinaires Oiseaux Enchantés illustrates Van Cleef and Arpels’ fondness for creating subtle volume and level effects on the dial. This particular bestiary is composed of birds (a Northern Cardinal, a hummingbird and a kingfisher) that enliven these dials on a background of hard stone marquetry. The minuscule flying objects are made of real feathers, arranged by Parisian feather artist, Nelly Saunier.