These exceptional pieces, which integrate the complexity of their technical developments into increasingly sophisticated designs, are brought to life by the skillful workmanship of enamellers, engravers and other artisans.
Patek Philippe’s Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 6002R features an exceptional combination of 12 complications, including a tourbillon and a minute repeater with “cathedral” gongs. The
front dial bears a retrograde date perpetual calendar with moon-phase and leap-year cycle displays, while at the back, it reveals a sky chart faithfully reproducing the visible motion of the moon and stars in the Northern Hemisphere.
Cartier combines the tourbillon with the mysterious watch concept, a source of expression for the maison since 1912, in the Rotonde de Cartier Astromystérieux. In short, it showcases the entire movement floating as if in weightlessness. This watchmaking accomplishment is made all the more remarkable by the fact that the space dedicated to the hidden gears has been reduced to the bare minimum.
Designed to raise the level of sensorial expression through sound, Bvlgari’s Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon features a three-hammer chime combined with a tourbillon regulator. The storied Roman jeweler uses ultra-complex mechanisms and the innovation of a metal grid
on the movement that helps to propagate sound throughout the case body.
The dial of Hermès’ Slim d’Hermès C’est la fête combines several meticulous techniques, including paillonné enamel, which consists of inserting gold or silver leaf paillons (spangles) between the layers of enamel to create a variety of light, transparency and relief effects. Its paillonné enamel and engraving composition—in which every detail harbors a wealth of dexterity, emotion and singularity—brings the watch to a whole new level.
Grand Seiko’s SBGZ007 comes with a unique, hand-engraved pattern on the Zaratsu polished case, as well as a unique manufacturing and finishing technique that gives the dial a different aspect at each and every viewing angle, just like the sky above Achi, a village in Japan that is famous for its spectacular night skies.
PHOTOGRAPHY JOE SABARTO
STYLING SAFINA HARYS
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