‘Watches & Wonders’ 2014 edition exhibit preview

Following the success of the first edition of Watches & Wonders exhibition of fine watches and jewellery in Hong Kong, with over 15,000 visitors, the second edition to be held this year is buidling up momentum with some exceptional pieces which will be on display 29 September to 2 October 2014. Exhibiting will be eleven Richemont Group brands as well as Richard Mille and Audemars Piguet.

Some of the highlights on display include:

Van Cleef & Arpels will present its Midnight Planétarium masterpiece. Set against a beautiful aventurine dial, six tiny spheres representing six planets rotate at different speeds, with Saturn taking 29 years to complete its rotation. Time on Earth, if you are not too entranced by the miniature solar system on your wrist, is indicated by a shooting star.

Richard Mille’s $2 million dollar RM56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon, is an impressive timepiece with a transparent case made from sapphire crystal, every last screw is on view.

Cartier is set to dazzle with its 395 brilliant-cut diamond Cartier Panthère au Claire de Lune watch, which is equipped with a movement that allows the big cat to sway gently back and forth across the dial in time with the rotor.

Audemars Piguet‘s will display its sporty, masculine 42mm Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in an exceptional silky smooth pink gold case and bracelet.

Jaeger-LeCoultre‘s The Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication which will be on display will steal the limelight with its three complications. Reproducing the movements of the Earth relative to the Sun and stars, the guilloché dial represents a sky chart and zodiacal map. The flying tourbillion whizzes around the dial in 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds, corresponding to a Sidereal day. Simultaneously , but not at the same speed, a small sun rotates once round the dial every 24 hours to represent the Earth’s rotation relative to the Sun to give us official, or Mean Solar Time.