Over the past year we have heard more about the “vintage watch craze” than almost the whole of the last decade! But there is absolutely no craze, nor trend nor fad!
Vintage watches, especially wristwatches, have been doing quite well since the late 1980s when the wristwatch became accepted as a suitable object of desire and collection alongside the pocket watch which had thus far been regarded as a more serious form of collectible horology.
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Hublot – Big Bang Unico GMT
Constant Force Tourbillon
Franck Muller V45 SQT Serie
For 25 years, Franck Muller has been reinterpreting watchmaking tradition in order to propel it into a high-tech dimension. The 2017 creations are no exception to the rule and send a distinctly avant-garde breeze blowing through the time-honoured art of skeleton-working. The tourbillon bridges of the Gravity™ Skeleton take their place within a 3D architectural concept, supported by a rounded structure that is entirely openworked, like the mainplate. While this new model can be personalised by means of variously coloured finishing options, the Vanguard™ Skeleton Sapphire is all about transparency. Its case crafted from a sapphire crystal block calls upon the most advanced skills in highlighting this tourbillon with its extremely graphic structure. No less than two months of machining, followed by two months of polishing, are required to create this sapphire crystal case. In a more sporting style, the Vanguard™ 7 Days Power Reserve Skeleton features a blend of design and performance. As its name implies, it accomplishes the feat of ensuring seven days of autonomy, despite the movement components being openworked in the extreme so as to transform the beating heart of the watch into an authentic mechanical sculpture.
de Grisogono – New Retro Lady Taille Baguette
Marilyn Monroe would have loved its sparkling diamonds and rubies; Audrey Hepburn would have succumbed to the charm of its original shape; Grace Kelly would have saluted the glamour of this mechanical gem. Inspired by Fifties fashions, the two versions of the New Retro Lady glow with an atypical retro-chic look. The de Grisogono style reveals its singular elegance right from the first glance. The wide rectangular-shaped pink gold case is paved with two rows of baguette-cut gems and adorned with a crown cleverly placed at 12 o’clock. The dainty gemsetting in the dial centre is a radiant expression of the de Grisogono jewellery expertise. Finally, the gaze lingers on the famous galuchat strap, a brand classic. Elegance meets opulence in the New Retro Lady models that first and foremost convey a state of mind and a determination to break free of trends so as to set the next ones.