Rare timepieces are works of art, objects of desire and an enduring proposition for collectors. We present seven horological treasures that accent the colour lavender, each of them magnificent and dazzling.
Breguet (image opener)
At BaselWorld 2015, Breguet introduced its latest Reine de Naples Princesse Mini models. Associated with royalty and aristocracy since the 18th century, Breguet is one of the oldest Swiss luxury watch manufacturers. The current Reine de Naples collection takes several design cues from a previous bracelet watch that Abraham-Louis Breguet made for Napoleon’s sister Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples. With dainty measurements of 32.7mm x 27.3mm, the watch beats with a mechanical, automatic winding movement, the Calibre 586/1, and has a 40-hour power reserve.
Presented to mark Vacheron Constantin’s 260th anniversary and issued in limited edition (only 500 of such pieces produced), the Harmony Dual Time watch features useful complications of a second time zone sub-dial and day/night indication. These watches feature an oscillating weight with a commemorative motif forming delicate scrolling patterns known as fleurisanne engraving. Inspired by the arabesques that adorn the balance-cock of the oldest pocket watch by the brand, each piece will be delivered with a magnifying glass, a dedicated brochure and a 260th anniversary celebration letter signed by its CEO, Mr Juan-Carlos Torres.
Van Cleef and Arpels
A 2011 Grand Prix du Public Best Ladies Watch winner, Van Cleef and Arpels’ Butterfly Symphony watch is a thing of true beauty and creativity. Two butterflies tell the time: one indicates the hours, the other the minutes. During the hour, the butterflies flutter about an old oak tree, but at 12 they meet. Set in a 38mm white gold case with round diamonds, the timepiece is water resistant up to 30 meters and comes with either an alligator strap or chequer links.
Launched in 2006, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier quickly formed a strong presence as an icon of the brand. Its unique round pebble-like shape differentiates it from other timepieces. Not only is the watch comfortable to wear, it gives the illusion of floating above the wrist. This beautiful watch comes in an 18k pink gold case set with 123 brilliant-cut diamonds, totalling 1.21 carats. Interestingly, the placement of the crown and winding mechanism shift the numerals slightly. Coupled with the curvature of the sapphire crystal face, it distorts the view and gives the watch an added magical quality.
At Baselworld 2012, de Grisogono launched a line that kept to its three fine traditions. The glowing Tondo by Night timepiece blends technical sophistication with the refined art of gem-setting to display an oscillating weight on the front side. This interesting model shines both in the daytime and nighttime, thanks to an original pearly photo-luminescent composite fibreglass material. The black diamond on the crown, the Galuchat strap and the unique Tondo case shape properly showcase the style and trademarks of de Grisogono.
Champs Elysees Estelle Joaillerie line seeks to accentuate the gracefulness of its wearer. With the design of the dial inspired by the famous Place de l’Etoile in Paris, the perfectly sculpted round case is suited to showcase the precious stones that adorn the watch face. To bring about a distinguishable feminine touch, the Estelle Joaillerie watch is fitted with an auburgine-coloured strap and elegantly matched with a rose gold case with diamonds surrounding the bezel.
On its 35th anniversary, the iconic Arceau watch by Hermès, designed by Henry d’Origny, welcomes a complication featuring the moon phases. Now interpreted in a feminine 38mm case diameter, the Arceau Petite Lune displays a round steel case featuring asymmetrical lugs that resemble the stirrups on a saddle. The timepiece is fitted with a mechanical self-winding movement accompanied through the module (Dubois-Deparz Small Moon) to power the moon phase function. The watch is paired with an alligator strap using the saddle-stitching technique.