As we kick start the new year for our fellow readers, friends and collectors around the world, it wouldn’t be long before February comes with 2 celebrations coming up for Singapore – the Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. The 2 occasions shares a common theme of happiness and the act of giving to our loved ones.
The Hour Glass has come up with 4 special sets of “His and Hers” timepieces in a unique combination of colors, as the lovebirds can stand out in the upcoming festivals. Ranging from sport-luxe chronographs, GMTs, dress watches to high complications, the well decorated watches would elevate the sartorial sensibilities of the wearer, completing the outfit with a strong wrist game.
With its 225th anniversary in 2016, Girard Perregaux has undoubtedly done remarkably well in the watchmaking world with their unique pieces and designs over the past two centuries.
The GP Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date and Moon Phases will finally be revealing its sophisticated movement for the first time with a transparent dial, leaving the owner with an extraordinary view of the gears, levers, wheels, screws and display disks. With its smoked glass effect, the dial plays with the effects of showing both the mechanisms and the hour markers to ensure a clear reading on the indications. At 36.10mm in length and by 35.25mm wide, it’s not a huge watch; however measuring from one end of the lugs to the other would be about 50mm. The large GP 03300-0105 manufactured calibre is wound automatically by an oscillating weight visible on the case-back side with a power reserve of minimum 46 hours.
On the other hand (well wrist if I may) for the ladies, is the beautifully ornate Cat’s Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge. Whenever someone says ‘When horology meets jewelry design’ this is clearly the first watch that would come to mind. A tourbillion timepiece sitting with 308 diamonds from the bezel to the lugs, and even on the crown. Paired with the diamonds is a floral mother-of- pearl dial, it definitely stands out on the wrist. Tthe movement is the calibre GP09700-0012. The star of this elegant watch is the dial that is the engraved dial with floral motifs.
Next up, we have something that defines ‘The art of fusion’ from Hublot. This really brings out what Hublot is all about. Two brightly coloured Hublot Chronographs for a loving pair seems to be a good idea.
Finished with a blue sunray satin-finished dial, and with a usual 45mm king gold case, the Hublot Classic Fusion Blue Chronograph King Gold is a pretty striking watch with the mixture of two different colours. The chronograph counters brings out the sporty look in the gentlemanly Classic Fusion structure. The HUB1143 Self-winding Chronograph movement is lying inside the thick case of this well-polished and satin finished watch.
For the ladies, we have the Hublot Big Bang Pop Art Yellow Gold Purple. Modern art and fine watch making comes together, delivering a bright 41mm gold case from Hublot. This is a perfect watch for the ladies during the season of celebrations. With its polished bezel set with 36 amethysts and the 6 H-shaped titanium screws, Within lies the automatic HUB4300 caliber with a 42-hour power reserve. There is just so much going on with this watch! A mat dark rose dial, with an 18k yellow gold case and folding clasp, with a blue rubber strap with rose alligator leather, is this too much for a confident lady who wants to stand out?
Moving on to the next pair of watches, we have something special from Parmigiani. The thinnest automatic flying tourbillon with a micro rotor watch for the gents and a beautiful subtly frosted dial with a translucent effect watch for the ladies. Presenting the Tonda line from Parmigiani Fleurier.
With a price tag of over $200,000 from Parmigiani, the Tonda 1950 Tourbillon fits well under the cuff and on the wrist with a height of 8.65mm only. The micro-rotor in 950 platinum which winds the movement is the component that determines the thinness of the movement PF517. A titanium tourbillion cage also brings out the richness of this watch. An abyss blue dial decorated with vertical Cotes de Geneva stripes in an 18k rose gold case fits perfectly together, and it will be elegant when strapped around the wrist of a gentleman.
The Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette for the ladies is just an overwhelming watch on the wrist. The dial features a subtly frosted dial, with a translucent misty effect that gives a slight blur of its movement. With a red or “ficelle” Hermès strap, the Tonda 1950 Squelette also have a bezel decorated with 84 diamonds. the timepiece is an allegiance to watchmaking tradition where simple lines are used to create timeless beauty.
Lastly, coming from the brand that have a ground breaking innovation in watchmaking for 170 years and rich in marine history, Ulysse Nardin’s Dual Time Manufacture Collection is arguably the most functional GMT timepieces on the market. It allows a quick setting on the time zone of the hour hand forward and backward via the pushers on the bezel.
Introducing a supremely modern and original design, the timepiece collection features the Dual time Manufacture with a bold blue face emphasized by a geometric rope motif, tying the watch to its nautical roots. In an 18 ct rose gold case, it still looks very sporty with the exception of the dial. Limited to only 500 pieces, this sure is a very likeable watch for the owner himself and his fellow male companions.
Its female counterpart, the UN Dual Time Manufacture Lady is a classic beauty – showing a fresh face and new movement. The timepiece features a 37.5mm rose gold case, offered in a pristine white mother-of-pearl dial and set with 32 diamonds bezel. Overall a beautiful timepiece for the ladies, appealing to a well-constructed timepiece with artistic beauty.