They are the face of the watch and the focus of considerable attention. Simple or monochrome, extremely structured, supremely refined backdrops for artistic crafts… or merely functional and legible : dials come in a wide range of interpretations. Sometimes their very absence amplifies the beauty of a watch.
Bulgari Octo Grande Sonnerie – A fine example of what happens when the dial simply vanishes, in order to give pride of place to the mechanical intricacies of the movement. And when the latter features a four-hammer Grande and Petite Sonnerie as well as a tourbillon, its technical splendor easily matches that of the most beautiful dial. CHF 580’000.–
Octo Grande Sonnerie © Bulgari
Montre Rotonde de Cartier jour & nuit Mystérieux – Cartier’s iconic mystery display and its equally emblematic day & night display are combined for the first time in this model on which the sun and moon appear and move in turn, as if levitating, in order to tell the time. Price available on request
Montre Rotonde de Cartier Jour&Nuit Mystérieux © Cartier
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon The brand’s unmistakable overlapping subdials forming a figure 8 are complemented by the mystery of an ultra-accurate astronomical moon phase, adding the midnight blue touch of its night-sky background to the ivorycolored Grand Feu enamel background. CHF 29’700.–
Grande Seconde Moon © Jaquet Droz
The paillonnée enamel technique with is gold paillons set against blue enamel frames the figure eight screen for the time which marks the Jaquet Droz Sport Watch Replica Grande Seconde collection. It’s proven to be rather attractive and is a hallmark of the modern Jaquet Droz brand because its reintroduction in the year 2000. Obviously, the irony here (as I’ve mention in the past) is that the seconds indicator (that is also the tourbillon display) is smaller compared to the hour and moment dial so that it is not technically a “grand moments.” This name applies accurately to the non-tourbillon variations of this design where the moments index is under (and larger), and the top of the figure eight will be the dial for the hour and minutes (which can be smaller). The opinion is intentionally daring, even though it is more dressy in its style at 43mm wide (13.1mm thick) – which, for me, is the perfect size since what you’re really showing off here’s the art of the dial. The makeup of the watch is truly top-notch (assuming the total style appeals to you personally, as it does myself). I enjoy how Jaquet Droz decided to go for a semi-transparent window into the tourbillon. You may view it via the dialup, but it is not brazenly exposed. It’s a more subtle method of showing off a tourbillon, also I believe it is a style a lot of individuals would appreciate (again, regardless of the high price tag of this standing timepiece). Within the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée is your standard 25JD automatic tourbillon movement, exclusive to Jaquet Droz. It is possible to see the movement through the sapphire crystal caseback window, and there you’ll also find the appealing blue lapis lazuli applique set to the otherwise 18k red gold automatic rotor.
Patek Philippe Référence 5131/1 Heure Universelle – The prestige of platinum, the splendid colors of the Earth portrayed in cloisonné enamel adorning a dial featuring 24 times zones and a day/night indication, all driven by self-winding Caliber 240 U. Travel has never been quite so refined ! CHF 115’000.–
Référence 5131/1 Heure Universelle © Patek Philippe