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Friday, 22 July 2011

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Franck Muller’s Aeternitas Mega 4


Frank Muller’s ‘everlasting timepiece’ Aeternitas wowed the watch-world back in 2006 with its ability to run perfectly for 1000 years. This year, Mr Muller has come back with four new versions of the watch which all use the unique eternal calendar system. The latest version, the Aeternitas Mega 4, combines all the additional features used in the previous three editions to create one final super-watch. The timepiece features a Grande and Petit Sonnerie Minute Repeater, equipped with a double barrel which will guarantee a power reserve of up to 4 days. On the hours and the quarters the Sonnerie chimes with the same note as that used by Westminster Cathedral. The timepiece also includes a split-seconds chronograph with a 30-minutes counter placed at 3 o’clock, as well as a separate hour counter making it extremely accurate. Meanwhile, the eternal calendar on the dial side indicates the day, date, month and moon phases without any manual intervention.

Christophe Claret’s 21 Blackjack

The third creation from French haute horologist Christophe Claret, the 21 Blackjack is much more than just a watch. Behind its beautifully crafted mask, this eclectic timepiece is actually a miniature casino packed with extraordinary features from tiny dice and pint-sized card games to petit roulette.

At the 4 o’clock position, for example, you’ll find a miniature set of dice behind a sapphire crystal case. The dice can be used for a range of games including ‘craps’, or you can while away your time and take a gamble on a traditional game of chance. At the back of the watch, the winding rotor doubles as a roulette wheel , where an arrow inlaid into the rotor points to one of the 37 numbers located around the wheel. You can even use a special key to align your favourite number with a lucky, green emerald set in the back.

And if roulette and dice don’t satisfy your gaming needs, how about Blackjack? A series of cards and windows on the watch face allow owners to indulge in a bit of traditional card-based fun. By pushing buttons hidden at 9 o’clock and 10 o’clock, a spring triggers the solid gold discs on which the cards are printed. A bell rings every time you get a hit, and a note sounds every time a shutter opens, creating a magical, miniature experience. The rules are even engraved on a small plaque on one version of the 21 Blackjack, which reads “Dealer must draw on 16 and stand on 17”.

The watches are made from titanium, gold and PVD, and the crown is topped with a ceramic or ruby cabochon engraved with the Christophe Claret logo. The dial is black onyx, or titanium and grey sapphire depending on the model, and the hands move across a plaque decorated with casino-themed motifs. It’s also got a black alligator strap and is water-tight up to 30 meters.

On the technical front, it boasts a Calibre BLJ08 self-winding COSC chronometer-certified movement with 501 parts and two barrels which ensures a power reserve of around 72 hours. It also operates at a frequency of 4 hertz - which is 28,800 vibrations per hour - for uber-extreme accuracy.

A luxurious toy for those still in touch with their inner child, it’s a playful, interactive timepiece that defies the limits of convention. Combining the worlds of horology and gaming, of watch-making and frizzy-haired inventors, Claret has literally created the watch of dreams.

Patek Philippe’s Chronograph Collection: 5270G

The latest model in the Chronograph collection, the 5270G is a watch-making masterpiece of white gold and alligator skin. Using the Swiss watch-makers perpetual calendar technology and Calibre’s latest column-wheel chronograph movement, it’s a high tech watch in a simple, elegant package. The day and month are displayed in a double aperture at 12 o-clock, and the opal coloured dial is decorate with black oxidised gold. With a black, hand-stitched, alligator strap and sapphire crystal case back, the modern watch is one of the smartest designs of 2011.

Piaget’s Emporador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin


Piaget’s latest watch breaks the world record for the thinnest self-winding tourbillion, measuring a super slim 10.4mm. The watch has a dial-side view covered in laser-engraved sapphire crystal which allows you to see straight through to the 22-carat gold rotor. The rotor is entwined with the offset tourbillion to create a figure of 8 which the watch-makers believe is the ultimate lucky number. The contemporary timepiece features indulgent laser guilloche work on the dial and has tapered hour-markers, a gold-rimmed weight and tourbillion display and features the Piaget coat of arms on the back.
The complicated mechanism is housed within a cushion-shaped case which is available in 18-carat pink or white gold. It’s water resistant to approximately 30 meters, and comes with a brown alligator leather strap and 18-carat gold folding clasp.

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