With Tahitian mother-of-pearl adorned with sparkles of red and diamonds, the clean lines of the Breguet Classique 9065, designed for women, tempts romantic reverie.
Presented for the first time with a deeply lustrous Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial, the new Classique 9065 adds a touch of passion to Breguet’s classic style. Vermilion notes warm the composition, echoing the vibrant red of the ruby set on the crown. Encircled by the gold of the second hand, a delicate, crimson heart beats out the passing time. The date is shown in cream numerals through a garnet window, while the iridescent red satin strap shimmers and accentuates the sparkling timepiece. For even more luster, 88 brilliant-cut diamonds illuminate the bezel of the fine rose gold case, and the lugs of the strap. The model beats to the rhythm of an automatic manufacture caliber with all the essential functions and a 38-hour power reserve.
Breguet presents the Classique 9065 Tahitian mother-of-pearl as part of an exclusive series of 28 numbered timepieces, reserved for a selection of its boutiques.
Breguet’s Classique line takes inspiration from the most classic Breguet codes, dating back to the eighteenth century. Since then, the clean lines of the Breguet style, underpinned by mechanical reliability, have seduced the most prestigious and powerful women in Europe: Queen Marie-Antoinette, Caroline Bonaparte – sister of Napoleon – and even the Empresses Joséphine and Marie-Louise. The years pass, but Breguet’s success never falters. Sovereigns such as Maria Christina, Queen of Spain, Victoria, Queen of England, and even Anna Gould, Duchess of Talleyrand, have all chosen a Breguet timepiece.
The Breguet 3023 watch, sold in 1817 to the Duchess of Wellington and today exhibited in the Louvre, exemplifies Breguet’s timeless neo-classical style which has continued through to the Classique 9065. The open-tipped hands, conceived in 1783, improve readability.
Similarly, very delicate, powdered tracing make the Breguet Arabic numerals stand out. Visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback, the self-winding 591A caliber fits into a delicate, rose gold case with fluted sides. The model number is marked on the caseback along with the timepiece’s individual number, which the owner can add to the Breguet registers – kept continuously since the 1780s.
The elegant Classique 9065 evokes refined romanticism and calls to mind the intellectual pleasures narrated by poet Constance de Salm in her verses reflecting on evenings spent in the company of accomplished friends: authors, artists, savants, politicians – and watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet.
Once more, in evenings of delight
shall I meet artist, poet, scholar, friend.
Already I can picture bright
those cherished pleasures without end
sparked by art and wit and soul,
already all those joys do I behold.
Constance de Salm, “To My Friends, On Returning from the Country”, 1806
The watch strikes four times at the top of the hour. Four seasons form a complete cycle. The new CORNER STONE model from independent watchmaker Moritz Grossmann, which was presented to the press in Tokyo on 7 March, has four corners. If you pronounce the English term “corner stone” in Japanese, the words curiously sound very similar in both languages: “Kōnāsutōn”. In Japanese script it looks like this: コーナーストーン
Grossmann Uhren GmbH wants to draw on this wonderful similarity between the two cultures and languages by naming the new model with the innovative rectangular design CORNER STONE. It is Grossmann’s first watch in this design variant that is particularly popular on the Japanese market. The new calibre 102.3 was specially designed for the rectangular movement shape with a small second scale at 6.00 o’clock and a central hour and minute display.
The flat case of the CORNER STONE with the curved lugs nestles perfectly on the wrist of both ladies and fashion-conscious men and always makes an elegant statement.
Three dial variants
The CORNER STONE comes in three dial variants in five different versions.
Solid silver, opaline dial
In this version, the dial is made of solid silver with rose gold appliqués. The case is also made of rose gold. Another version of the dial features white gold appliqués with a white gold case. Handmade, brown-violet hands harmonise with both variants. A special feature of this variant is the small second and centre of the dial square-shaped.
Solid silver, black lacquered dial
Another version of the dial in solid silver is offered in black with Arabic numerals and a minute and seconds display scale in white. The case is made of white gold, while the handmade hands are made of polished stainless steel. The small second has a round shape.
Dial in white Grand-feu enamel
The enamelled dial is in rich white, with the numerals, minute markers and time display scale of the small seconds in brown providing an eye-catching contrast. As with the silver dial version, the case is also available in white gold or rose gold with handmade, brown-violet hands. The enamelled dial is furnished with a round small seconds display.
The white enamel version is limited to a run of 25 for each variation.
New calibre 102.3
A new calibre has been developed for the rectangular shape that makes optimum use of the installation space and also offers further advantages. It has resulted in a movement with a relatively large barrel. A significantly longer power reserve of 60 hours could thus be achieved. The characteristic stop-second function has been realised in a new form. The kinetic energy of the angle lever is transmitted via a coupling rod, whereby the balance is gently braked by means of the stop spring and comes to a precise standstill.
High Artistic Finish
The CORNER STONE is supplied with a movement in High Artistic Finish. The typical four Grossmann stripes are applied horizontally to the two thirds plate. The writing “Moritz Grossmann” is engraved by hand.
The ratchet wheel has a particularly elaborate surface finish in the form of three band snailing. For the resulting optical effect, the teeth of the ratchet are initially given a continuous bevel. The snailing is then traditionally applied with a bronze bell. Turning the ratchet wheel creates an optical illusion: the rotation of the wheel when winding the watch is no longer perceptible.
The stepped balance cock with hand-engraved pattern, the golden chatons and the manually crafted hands tempered over an open flame perfect the extremely sophisticated impression of this watch.
The brand is shining the spotlight on its Ateliers d’Art by featuring four variations of its Petite Heure Minute watch that celebrate the sign of the Rat. This animal thus marks the start of a new cycle in the Chinese calendar.
Representing renewal, the Rat is the first sign in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. A symbol of passion and ambition, the sign of the Rat will take center stage in 2020 according to the age-old Chinese calendar. To celebrate this special year, four limited series have been created by Jaquet Droz.
According to legend, the Rat finished first in a great race hosted by the Jade Emperor, the ruler of all gods. The animal is said to have used its wits and speed to finish ahead of animals much more powerful than it, such as the Ox and Tiger, as well as those less agile, such as the Sheep and Rooster. The Rat is said to have won the race – as well as the first place in the zodiac calendar – by crossing a river on the back of the Ox. Just before reaching the shore and the finish line, the Rat jumped off the back of the Ox to win first place.
The Rat has since been synonymous with intelligence, ingenuity and ambition. It is also an animal that is closely associated with wealth: seeing a Rat is an omen of plentiful harvests and represents a sign of prosperity.
In each of these creations, Jaquet Droz has paired the Rat with the pomegranate, which has been regarded as a symbol of life and fertility since ancient times because of the many seeds contained within it. Fertility and continuous renewal are thus the benefits of the pomegranate, the fruit of power and a symbol of life.
Four highly exclusive models have now been revealed which celebrate the pairing of the Rat and the pomegranate. They showcase Jaquet Droz’s Ateliers d’Art, whose work brings naturalistic scenes to life in the true spirit of the brand. The first two models (Petite Heure Minute 35 mm and 39 mm) depict two rats on a bed of leaves dotted with pomegranates, set on a Grand Feu enamel dial. Both variations are produced in red gold, and the 35 mm model is set entirely with diamonds (case and pallet lugs). The case back of both models houses an oscillating weight designed especially for this limited series of 28 pieces. A second scene, engraved in red gold, depicts two rats reveling in a basket of pomegranates, continuing the metaphor of prosperity, abundance and intelligence.
For the 41 mm version, the Petite Heure Minute is available in two other animal-inspired variations that explore the same theme yet feature an onyx dial in a shade of black that is as pure as it is intense. This incredibly deep black serves as the backdrop for a Rat holding a pomegranate in its hands. These two prestigious pieces are crafted in either red gold or white gold (case, rat, hands, and oscillating weight engraving). In addition, the white gold version is set with 272 diamonds that illuminate its ring and pallet lugs with radiant sparkle while creating contrast with the dark intensity of onyx.
For each of these versions set with jewels, pomegranates are symbolized by rubies, which are arranged in a snow setting to depict multiple arils at the 9 o’clock position, while one larger ruby is used for the seed in the Rat’s hands. This combination of precious materials (diamonds, gold and rubies) reinforces the natural qualities of the Rat, a passionate, ambitious, creative animal, and a symbol of prosperity. Each of these creations has been issued in a strictly limited edition of eight pieces, in keeping with the purest tradition of Jaquet Droz’s Numerus Clausus artistic creations.
“Some watches tell time. Some tell a story.”
Harry Winston celebrates the Chinese Year of the Rat with an exquisite rose gold Premier timepiece. Set against a vibrant red mother-of-pearl background, the artful silhouette of a rat comes to life through China’s time-honored paper cutting tradition. Limited to just eight pieces, the Premier Chinese New Year Automatic 36mm promises to bring great luck to a fortunate few.
Symbolic Chinese animals and auspicious colors
In 2020, the Chinese Zodiac celebrates the Year of the Rat, the first animal in the 12-year cycle and a symbol of wealth, abundance, intelligence, success and vitality. In China, the color red represents luck, happiness and joy and is believed to ward off evil. Gold is another color laden with symbolism, and, when paired with red, epitomizes the apogee of good fortune.
Chinese paper cutting reinterpreted by Harry Winston
Paper cutting (jianzhi), one of the oldest and most popular art forms in China, emerged during the Tang Dynasty as a way to decorate walls, lanterns, doors and windows and celebrate festivals, including the New Year. Using scissors or a knife, thin folded sheets of paper are cut to create a subtle balance of negative and positive space. Traditional subjects include flowers, mythical animals, good luck Chinese characters and the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
Inspired by the delicate art of Chinese paper cutting, artists at Harry Winston explored this practice with precious gold and, in place of red paper, incorporated an intense red beaded mother-of-pearl background. The rat’s contours and surrounding scenery are created from one piece of 18-karat rose gold, an incredible feat, given the elaborate openwork patterns depicted on the dial.
Classic Harry Winston Cluster
“Clustering,” or grouping together varying diamond cuts, is a House tradition and finds its place on the dial of the Premier Chinese New Year Automatic 36mm. Eight marquise-cut diamonds frame a round brilliant diamond center stone to create a three-dimensional bloom and accentuate the rat’s body. The red beaded mother-of-pearl background together with rose gold open work and diamond accents create an illusion of incredible depth and volume.
Diamonds serve as indexes on the excentered hours and minutes counter, with seven brilliant-cut diamond hour markers, noticeably larger at 3 and 9 o’clock, and also as decorative jewels that highlight the gold openwork on the top half of the dial. The generous emerald-cut diamond at 12 o’clock is a direct reference to Mr. Winston’s favorite diamond cut and indicates the presence of a mechanical automatic movement. Unlike paper cut figures that will inevitably wilt over time, the lustrous red dial and its precious gold and diamond features will shine eternally.
A Premier case and a high-end automatic movement
A sophisticated Premier case in 18-karat rose gold set with 57 brilliant-cut diamonds – including the truncated diamonds on the crown and tips of the lugs – houses this exceptional work of art. On the reverse side, a sapphire crystal reveals the Swiss-made mechanical automatic movement. Fitted with a flat silicon balance spring to ensure lasting precision, the movement offers a robust power reserve of 68 hours and is in a water-resistant case, up to 30 meters. The rose gold skeletonized rotor, Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated parts and circular graining on the movement can be admired on the case back, along with the engraved limited edition number.
The Premier Chinese New Year is limited to just eight pieces, the luckiest number in Chinese numerology, and is presented in a beautiful red box decorated with golden lotus flowers and the celebrated rat. The timepiece comes on a shiny red alligator leather strap to match the dial and is secured to the wrist with a rose gold ardillon buckle set with 17 brilliant-cut diamonds.
In collaboration with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, H. Moser & Cie. has created two limited edition timepieces featuring dials in brand new colourways. In tribute to the long-standing partnership that links the Seddiqi and Meylan families, these two models celebrate the friendship and values that these two firms share.
These two creations form part of H. Moser & Cie.’s Concept series of watches, with neither logo nor indices, and were officially launched during Dubai Watch Week.
The Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept Diamonds Dubai Limited Edition boasts a taupe fumé dial which subtly enhances the harmonious forms and perfectly balanced proportions of the 38-mm Endeavour case, created from steel and featuring a bezel set with diamonds.
The second model designed by H. Moser & Cie. for Dubai Watch Week is the Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept Diamonds Dubai Limited Edition. It features a steel case, which has been redesigned for a diameter of 38 mm.
With more dynamic curves and reworked lines, it boasts perfectly balanced proportions. The bezel is set with diamonds to enhance the brand new taupe coloured fumé dial, which features neither logo nor indices. Paired with the HMC 200 automatic Manufacture movement, this timepiece is 100% Swiss and 100% H. Moser & Cie, and released in a limited edition of 9 pieces.
Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, CCO of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons commented: “Collaboration between Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and H. Moser has existed since the very first edition of Dubai Watch Week and we have produced a limited edition every year. This year we are launching two new models, and we are especially thrilled to have worked on the first ever H. Moser ladies concept watch, released for Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, during Dubai Watch Week 2019”.
Square-shaped timepieces have always held a special place in the history of watchmaking and remained the ideal classic dress watch until nowadays.
Chic and avant-garde, these two new Frederique Constant models are presented in two versions.
Firstly, a bi-colour stainless steel bearing a silver dial with a guilloché decoration and printed Roman numerals. The second piece comes in an elegant polished stainless-steel case decorated with a 34 diamonds setting on the sides and a white mother-of-pearl dial with printed roman numerals and a navy blue shiny croco calf leather strap.
Both timepieces are powered by an FC-200 quartz calibre displaying hours and minutes.
Frederique Constant reinforces its position as a classic brand by reviving such an iconic shape all the while adding delicate features that make it a true Frederique Constant feminine watch.
The Overseas collection treats itself to a total black look. Two new timepieces are available in a black lacquered dial beautifully framed by the shimmering gleam of the steel case. Launched in 2018, the Overseas dual time model equipped with the 5110 DT self-winding Manufacture movement enables simultaneous reading of two time zones, complete with date and day/night indication.
The Overseas Lady Quartz appears with diamonds on its bezel to light up the path of its hands, while the date is displayed at 3 o’clock. Following the Overseas Chronograph and the Overseas Automatic black dial success, the novelties unveiled today enrich the black dials references, highly sought after by collectors.
Overseas Lady Quartz
Quartz models for ladies in elegant watches with a sporty character are rooted in the tradition of the Maison. The legendary collection 222, launched in 1977, already incorporated a ladies’ version in gold or two-tone gold and steel, introducing a quartz movement. 19 years later, Vacheron Constantin presented the Overseas collection, featuring three models, the ladies’ model with – as in the 222 model – a quartz movement, particularly appreciated by women for its precision and its practical aspect.
The new Overseas Lady quartz embraces a 33 mm diameter case to combine feminity and charm with its sporty look. Rimmed with a diamond-set bezel, its black sunburst lacquered dial makes a pleasing contrast with the facetted and luminescent 18K white gold hour-markers and hands. This practical and eminently legible Overseas model enhances its sporty look with the taut lines of its case water-resistant to 50 metres, flowing into a steel bracelet that can be changed according to its wearer’s wishes.
Suitable for all wrists with its 33 mm diameter, this model features a style capable of evolving as the day goes by, thanks to its interchangeable bracelet/straps concept endowing it with a variety of styles. Designed to ensure the Overseas a collection is fully in touch with its time, the bracelets/straps interchangeability concept launched in 2016 is picked up on this model.
The watch thus opts for modularity and a personalised touch by affording the possibility of being worn on a metal bracelet composed of links forming half Maltese crosses (for a more casual look), or a strap in either leather (as a chic variation) or rubber (for a sporty touch) – and all without any need for tools to effect the changes.
The hexagonal bezel, whose shape is reminiscent of Vacheron Constantin’s emblematic Maltese cross, is adorned with 78 bead-set round-cut diamonds. In order to focus on functionality, a quartz hours and minutes movement was chosen, also driving a central seconds hand and an aperture-type date indication at 3 o’clock.
Available in three versions – two steel models with a black or blue “denim” dial and a pink gold model with a silver dial –, this new watch offers all the qualities one would expect from a watch of character, while preserving its innate charm.
Dazzling New Lady Diver Unleashes a Tempest at Ulysse Nardin
Diamonds, drive and determination: Ulysse Nardin reveals a stunning new line of LADY DIVER watches launched as Alessia Zecchini, champion free diver and world-record apnea holder, becomes the first female to join the “Ulysse” family of adventurers.
“Beneath the howl of the oceans and the crashing waves on the sea, the water is silent and infused with sunlight. I dive towards the abyss, my abyss, to find my true self. Intimately connected to the elements, luck is not a factor for me. I am ready to face any unknown obstacles – whether light or shadow – before resurfacing to my life. I wear a talisman on my wrist; I am Ulysses.” – Alessia Zecchini, free-diving champion and first female “Ulysse”
This month the Swiss Manufacture has unveiled a sexy, young and sportive series of diving watches exclusively for women, rejuvenating its LADY DIVER collection twelve years after the launch of its first feminine diving watch. With more than a touch of elegance, this series is the new sensuous and bold feminine identity of Ulysse Nardin. The current of Xploration is clearly flowing in a resolutely female direction with four extraordinary new LADY DIVER models, already creating a tempest in the world of watch connoisseurs.
These refined diving watches, strong and tasteful, share many qualities with Alessia Zecchini, a 27-year old Italian-born free-diver and multiple champion record-holder. Alessia, who just joined the armada of Ulysse Nardin’s “modern Ulysses”, is an extraordinary young woman who has found her rightful place in the UN family of intrepid and fearless Xplorers. To embody the spirit of the ocean, the force we carry within ourselves and the spirit of Ulysses, Ulysse Nardin is delighted to welcome champion free-diver Alessia as the first female in this unique family of adventurers.
With long, dark hair flowing in the water behind her, Alessia embarks on her ocean odyssey with astonishing beauty and grace; her fit, sun-kissed body diving below the stormy surface she searches for inner peace and calm. Testing her own limits as well as those of nature, she is alone in her wetsuit, deep blue eyes searching the waters around her on her quest to discover herself. Concentrating on her own breathing, she delves the depths of the untamed seas, every submerged second lasting an eternity. When she has reached her goal, she emerges back towards the light, a pearl of sea water sliding down her strong back, up towards sky, air and sunshine.
Born in Rome in 1992, Alessia began free diving when she was just thirteen. At 16 she took her first formal course in apnea diving at the Apnea Blu Mare Society but, according to federal rules, had to wait until she was 18 before officially entering into competition.
She is the current world record holder in Constant Weight Apnea (CWA) an astonishing 113 meters (“the deepest woman in the world”) and Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS) world record holder in Dynamic Apnea having reached 250 meters. She has won 16 Gold Medals in the World Championships and holds twenty-five world records in almost all the disciplines of freediving. A “talisman” Ulysse Nardin LADY DIVER on her wrist, Alessia plunges to the depths beneath the waves, Xploring the wonders of the ocean like the modern-day Ulysses she is.
Françoise Bezzola, Chief Marketing Officer at Ulysse Nardin explains: “At Ulysse Nardin, the feminine story is still a blank page waiting to be written. As this model is a young and dynamic design, we chose a young woman to personify our vision. Although she is a master diver, she is not a mermaid but a true “Ulysses”. A fearless athlete, she embodies force and determination. In 2020, being beautiful is not enough. Alessia Zecchini is a multiple-layered woman who has done us the honor of being the first female in our family of male explorers.”
With a silhouette re-sculpted to 39mm, thinner and discreet, the new LADY DIVER has been created in three iconic colors: deep blue, intense black and mother-of-pearl. A special model in light gray – the LADY DIVER “Great White” – will be made in a limited edition of just 300 pieces. The first three will be stamped with a wind rose on the back while the Great White features a sensual drawing of a female apnea diver on the case back.
As with its masculine counterpart, the LADY DIVER has a domed glass and a concave unidirectional bezel. The diamond hour markers shatter all conventional diving watch design by bringing a unique touch to a traditionally sportive look of a diving watch; their brilliance recalls the sparkling surface of the sea. For women who want a brighter shine, the new LADY DIVER series comes with the option of a 40-diamond bezel, each one a generous 1,7 mm in diameter (0.92 Carats). The UN-816 silicium technology movement is the beating heart of each one of these models, keeping expert track of the hours, minutes, seconds and date.
“We are honored to have Alessia Zecchini as the first female explorer to join our family of Ulysses”, says Ulysse Nardin CEO Patrick Pruniaux. “We have chosen to launch the new line of LADY DIVER watches simultaneously with Alessia’s arrival. Her spirit of adventure and willingness to take the risks necessary to test her own limits is emblematic of our vision at Ulysse Nardin.”
LADY DIVER / GREAT WHITE, LIMITED EDITION, STEEL 39MM*
In a limited edition of just 300 pieces, the LADY DIVER Great White is none other than the female counterpart to the men’s Diver Great White. Powered by the UN-816 silicium technology movement. With a case back bearing the stamp of a female apnea diver and a fully integrated rubber bracelet textured to represent ocean waves or mermaid’s scales. Its face is gray and sparkles with 11 diamonds hour-markers.
LADY DIVER / DEEP BLUE, STEEL 39MM*
This steel version with its night blue face is intensified by the touches of rose gold on the second hand, the Ulysse Nardin anchor logo and the date. It can be worn with a blue sailcloth strap with a pin buckle, an alligator or a rubber band.
LADY DIVER / MOTHER-OF-PEARL, STEEL 39MM*
What more appropriate than a mother-of-pearl face to evoke the depth and beauty of the ocean? The reflections shine on this singular seashell. The choice of white alligator band, its satin finish comes with four singular “point-de-bride” stitches in deep blue to give a shimmering, summery touch.
LADY DIVER / INTENSE BLACK MATTE STEEL & ROSE GOLD, 39MM*
A combination of 5N rose gold (on the bezel, crown and elements of the dial) and of DLC black matte steel (case and the horns). Its black matte face is completed by a textured rubber band. The combination of rose gold and absolute black give this model its sporty/chic appeal. The all-diamond bezel consists of 40 diamonds of 0.92 Carats.
A crescent moon dances with time on the new Arceau, joining the round of the hours by turns revealed and concealed.
The Arceau watch, designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978, lends its understated yet unique aesthetic to a new expression of time according to Hermès. A playful and paradoxical creation that diverts the moon from its expected role.
Here, the Earth’s satellite itself indicates the time as the numerals whirl in the moonlight, while the minutes hand points to the distant stars of a constellation.
Ever since its creation, the round case of the Arceau has rested on a rectangular stirrup, tracing a timeless silhouette. Its black bezel adorned with black spinels radiates an intense nocturnal light. Its sunburst glossy black dial is enlivened by a carousel of sloping numerals sweeping over an iridescent moon.
Standing out against this radiant darkness are a moon and stars crafted in mother of-pearl and revealed by luminescent lacquer. Issued in a limited edition of 300, the Arceau Ronde des heures watch is fastened to the wrist by a strap in black alligator crafted by Hermès artisans.
The Classima Lady line is characterized by elegant simplicity. Each model offers the classic hour and minute functions as well as the date, discreetly nestled in an aperture at 3 o’clock on the dial. New faces, additional sizes, and the choice between a quartz or self-winding mechanical movement: this line is designed to offer every woman the watch that best fits her.
A true ode to femininity, the self-winding diamond-set Classima Lady enhances the collection as the queen of this year’s holidays. This model reveals a luminous face in white mother-of-pearl, embellished by diamonds set into the design all around the bezel. Its frosted silver minute track along the edge of the dial brings a perfect finishing touch to its timeless style. The 31mm case features a transparent sapphire back that makes it possible to admire the self-winding movement within. The piece is mounted on a five-strand stainless steel bracelet equipped with a triple folding buckle and push-pieces.
The latest in the Contemporary Timepiece collection dedicated to watches for everyday wear, FIRST CLASS reveals new facets of its decidedly unique character.
Its flowing lines emanate a timeless elegance and a sense of power, evoking the impressive currents of the world’s great rivers such as the Amazon, the Saint Lawrence and the Nile. The delicate, feminine FIRST CLASS brings about a feeling of tranquillity and confidence, forged in the steel of the bracelet and in the soft horns of the surround which cradles the CENTURY sapphire case, featuring forty-eight manually cut and polished facets. Forty-eight is not a random number: it is separated into twelve sections which reflect the twelve delicately slender teardrop-shaped hour markers.
With each movement of the wrist, the appearance of the FIRST CLASS changes: the light bounces from facet to facet, emphasizing the meticulous design by CENTURY craftsmen. The surprising, versatile FIRST CLASS reveals its jewellery aspect as it playfully metamorphoses throughout the day. Women took instantly to the FIRST CLASS, which now continues its adventures with new models.
Here, it comes in jewelled form, adorned with 38 diamonds that sparkle on the horns and on the mother-of-pearl dial – white or black, it’s up to you! This combination of precious materials and radiance is bound to cause a sensation. Now, CENTURY has taken its designs one step further with, for the first time, two metal dials. A soft powder pink and a rich taupe are lifted by clean, fresh steel and three gleaming diamonds.
The contrast between matt and polished finishes is striking: the signature creative allure is visible from the hands and hour-markers to the horns, and in the lines of the bracelet that graciously blend with the round case. The curved links and soft feeling in wear are designed to provide a luxurious daily experience.
CENTURY expertise shines through the openworking along the sides revealing the brand’s timeless signature sapphire case. The true heart of the watch, containing the movement, the apparent simplicity of the case is achieved by the MEGALITH technique developed by CENTURY, which enables two sapphires to be fused into one solid piece.
An authentic, classic timepiece, FIRST CLASS is a woman’s constant companion in her everyday adventures. Complementing every style, its different looks are both bold and delicate. It is a reassuring presence for every woman who chooses first class…
Harry Winston presents the Premier Hypnotic Opal Mosaic, a spellbinding timepiece that celebrates Mr. Winston’s passion for motion and color in fine jewelry. Crafted in luxurious 18-karat white gold, a spellbinding profusion of baguette-cut diamonds and vivid blue sapphires swirls against an iridescent opal background, diffusing color and kinetic energy in all directions.
Blue is a key color in Harry Winston’s universe and recalls the spectacular and rare blue Hope Diamond that the ‘King of Diamonds’ famously acquired in 1949 and ultimately donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958. Another hallmark trait of the House is the way in which diamonds are transformed into three-dimensional jewelry sculptures, flowing with movement and light. The Premier Hypnotic Opal Mosaic taps into these two signature codes and reveals a mesmerizing blue dial with an animated arrangement of precious gemstones that seem to spin under your very eyes.
A hypnotic vortex of precious stones
The sparkling blue and green background on the dial is crafted from iridescent opal. One of the most chameleonic and captivating gemstones on Earth, opals flash a rainbow of colors that vary according to the light.
Like forces of nature, the dial’s hypnotizing whirlpool pattern comes to life through a series of white gold quadrilaterals that lessen in size as they voyage towards the center. Framed in white gold, the outermost areas of the design are set with 72 baguette-cut diamonds and 72 baguette-cut blue sapphires, while the center features a wreath of 24 princess-cut diamonds. The opals maintain their iridescence, interspersed between the precious gems. The dynamic composition animates the dial with a profound sensation of motion and depth. Taking the theme of motion one step further, a small star crowns the base of the hour and minute hands and rotates in a clockwise direction to indicate that the mechanical automatic movement is running.
Premier case with baguette-cut diamonds
Since its debut in 1989, the Premier collection has been the designated timepiece to showcase various artistic forms. Instantly recognized by the distinctive diamond-set lugs at 12 and 6 o’clock that replicate the shape of the arched entrance to Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon, the luxurious 36 mm 18-karat gold case of the Premier Hypnotic Opal Mosaic is fully adorned with an abundance of baguette-cut diamonds in an invisible setting. The case and case sides’ gleam with the light of 161 magnificent baguette-cut diamonds, and the lugs are embellished with four truncated brilliant-cut diamonds and a truncated blue sapphire – matching the color scheme of the dial – is nestled in the crown.
A mechanical automatic movement
The Premier Hypnotic Opal Mosaic Automatic 36mm is powered by a high-end Swiss mechanical automatic movement with an 18-karat rose gold rotor and refined hand finishes, all of which can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back. Equipped with a flat silicon balance spring to ensure superlative precision, the creation has a generous power reserve of 72 hours.
The timepiece is presented with a blue pearl alligator leather strap and is attached to the wrist with an 18-karat white gold ardillon buckle set with 28 baguette-cut diamonds. The Premier Hypnotic Opal Mosaic is a limited edition of only 8 pieces.