Bulgari Serpenti: CHF 9,700
Prestigious Roman design housing a Swiss quartz movement personalised for Bulgari: the Serpenti 2017 features the attributes that have forged its reputation and enhances them with a new series of leather double tour straps in a variety of colours. We have selected a Serpenti with a pink gold case topped by a bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds, framing a light-coloured dial matching the diamonds and forming the perfect backdrop for the large gilded Roman numerals and baton-type hour-markers. The strap is an extension of Bulgari’s cherished animal theme, since it is crafted in a precious Karung leather – from a watersnake with lizard-like scales – dyed in warm chestnut brown shades using natural pigments. The watch comes with an additional calfskin strap.
Serpenti © Bulgari
Chanel Code Coco : CHF 4,900
For less than 5,000 Swiss francs, treat someone (or yourself) to a hyper-trendy and original model with an incredibly stylish part-watch, part-jewellery look, by Chanel! For once, with Code Coco, the strap is as important as the watch. This remarkably smooth and supple band picks up the famous quilted motif of the famous 2.55 handbag created by Coco Chanel in 1955 and borrows its clasp. Framing the rectangular black lacquered dial and adorned with a princess-cut diamond, it slides vertically or horizontally to conceal or reveal the hours and minutes of this contemporary ‘secret’ watch powered by a quartz movement.
Code Coco © Chanel
Glashütte Original Pavonina : CHF 7,100
The Pavonina watch by Glashütte Originalhas appeared in a succession of new variations since its launch in 2015. The 1920s-inspired cushion-shaped watch comes in red gold, steel or two-toned versions, with matching or non-matching flexible lugs, while the guilloché dials are available in several colours and the collection also offers a choice of gemsetting. Not to mention that this year, Glashütte Original has considerably enriched its range of interchangeable straps. We have opted here for a combo with a steel case and gemset red gold lugs, framing a white mother-of-pearl dial swept over by red gold hands and fitted with a beige calfskin strap. The Manufacture quartz movement is protected against magnetic fields and beautifully decorated.
Pavonina © Glashütte Original
>Cartier was aware of the fact that men, interested in, let us call them, ‘the greater watches’, were more educated about timepieces, than the average Cartier client was and that these guys were also more interested in the quality of the moves. An assortment of limited edition and restricted made watches, housed in Cartier’s classic cases like the Santos, Tank, Tortue, but more important, powered by high end mechanical calibers produced by famous watch manufacturers, for Cartier.Piaget, JLC, Frederique Piguet, Gerald Genta and many others all delivered these quality calibers with the top of the line collection. The superb finishing of the movements, was completed by Cartier and has been visible through the trunk, because many of the models had a glass to find the motion. A characteristic that was pretty unusual at that moment. Collection Privée was however, too limited in quantities to be a real success, since lots of the models were only produced in 100 bits, while Cartier had finished 200 brand Boutiques at that moment. One would anticipate my WIS (View Idiot Savant) buddies in the GTG meetings could be exited about the pieces I revealed, but was only partially the case, because another trend had become popular among these men; ‘in-house movements’. A grail watch needed to have an in-house motion to be the actual thing (bargain).During that the Collection Privée period, 1998 — 2008, Cartier often faced problems in getting all the parts in their suppliers and it often occurred that a watch was released later than intended, because of the fact that some parts were not available in time, to complete the watch.
Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Star Chrono White : CHF 3,468
Tambour, the flagship collection from Louis Vuitton, offers women a steel chronograph in black or white, in 35mm or 39.5mm sizes, with or without diamonds. The simplicity and purity of the small white non-set version appealed to us, with its delightfully rounded case design revamped to give it a new curve and a crescent-shaped profile – hence the name of the watch, which is not a moon-phase model. The innate femininity of this timepiece is epitomised in the gilded Monogram – the Louis Vuitton emblem – spinning on its axis in 60 seconds, as well as in the 12 cabochons set on the inner bezel ring surrounding the shiny white dial. The time, chronograph and date functions of the watch are driven by a quartz movement.
Tambour Moon Star Chrono White © Louis Vuitton
Zenith Elite Lady Moonphase 36mm Steel & Diamonds: CHF 7,700
Manufacture ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement with a 50-hour power reserve and an oscillating weight adorned with Côtes de Genève; moon-phase function; bezel set with 64 round diamonds; mother-of-pearl dial: the Lady Moonphase 36mm Steel & Diamonds by Zenith appears in a refined and classic livery, intended for women with a penchant for mechanical watchmaking, and reasonably priced thanks to the steel case (or somewhat higher for the pink gold version).
Elite Lady Moonphase © Zenith
Panthère de Cartier watch – CHF 7,300
The 1980s-born Panthère is one of the world’s most widely worn jewellery watches. In 2017, it returns in several different versions, looking more glamorous and feline than ever. The small 22 mm x 30 mm version in 18K yellow gold and steel remains faithful to the design codes of this fashion icon with its silver-toned dial, Roman numerals, blued steel dagger-type hands and its crown adorned with a synthetic blue spinel. It focuses firmly on essentials with its quartz-driven hours and minutes hands.
Panthère © Cartier