Taking the spotlight in recent timepieces is the warm and charming rose gold. Its rich hue instils a sense of depth into anything it comes in contact with. Black, the most easygoing of all colours, serves as the perfect backdrop for this metal’s fervent tone. It does not distract; instead it enhances the vibrancy of its colourful counterparts. There could be no better pairing of black and rose gold than in the following chic and darkly romantic timepieces.
This Villeret classic timepiece sits unassumingly on the wrist with a mere thickness of 3.37mm, embodying the Manufacture’s prime aesthetic heritage. An 18k rose gold case surrounds a stamped flinqué black dial that plays backdrop to golden Roman numerals and hands. A petite aperture rests at 3 o’clock, indicating the power reserve, which may go up to a 100 hours. Brown alligator leather strap unites the rose gold and black in this self-winding timepiece.
Arnold & Son
Time-telling is merely secondary to metier d’art in the TB Tiger by Arnold & Son. The time display is a shy 15mm in diameter, located off-centre, opposing a magnificent tiger in rose gold. The TB Tiger has all the right components to proudly claim its spot as an haute horlogerie piece. The King is a hand-engraved appliqué on solid rose gold. Its fine workmanship created cuts, lines and textures that breathe life into the animal. Within the rose gold case and beneath the lifelike tiger lies the True Beat (TB) self-winding movement. The TB Tiger is limited to only 28 pieces.
Girard-Perregaux’s Jackpot Tourbillon movement has long been hailed as one of the most ingenious, incorporating a slot machine feature that adds element of fun and surprise. Just a pull on its handle sets the machine running for icons — three bells call for jackpot, modelled and named after the first mechanical slot machine and independence day of the United States. This Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon is modelled in rose gold, with a black dial that gives way to the slot machine at 12 o’clock and a skeletal view of the tourbillon on the opposite axis.
Just two years after the Manufacture presented its Master Calendar model comes a newer and improved version. This Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2015 novelty showed that unique and obscure materials incorporated into watchmaking are still very much on trend. Jaeger-LeCoultre employed a slice of ruthenium meteorite on its dial, adding dimensions to this timepiece. It is enveloped in red gold, and informs of the time, the date (through a pointer-type display), the day, month and moonphases. The Master Calendar carries the self-winding Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 866 and has a power reserve of 40 hours.
The Bird Repeater Geneva is the Manufacture’s latest work of art — all in 47mm-diameter and 18.7mm-thickness of red gold. It paints a picture of Lake Geneva, the famous Jet d’Eau fountain, Le Phare des Pâquis lighthouse, and the pre-Alpine peak, Salève — the setting of the early beginnings of Jaquet Droz. A pair of goldfinches is nestled in the foreground with their young. Here is where most of the animation plays out: wings are spread, a hatchling emerges, the lake flows. Aside from the technical workmanship on the mother-of-pearl dial, a manual Jaquet Droz RMA88 movement allows two red gold lancine hands to perform its job.
Montblanc’s Bohème Date Automatic is largely contemporary with a white dial and 18k rose gold case, fully set with 62 Wesselton diamonds on its bezel. It is the slight details that give a hint at non-conformity — floral Arabic indexes and a 90-facet sunburst guilloché in the middle. A self-winding mechanical movement runs the hour, minute and second hands, as well as the date, displayed in a small elliptical window resting above the 6 o’clock position. A black alligator strap perfectly complements this fine timepiece.
Parmigiani’s Tonda 1950 Rose Gold Set Graphite’s almost matte-like dial creates an aura of mystery around the timepiece. Besides the rose gold casing, lugs and bezel fully set with 84 diamonds, the piece exudes a solemn quietness. Rose gold accents in the form of indexes and hands break the silence on the dial. An aperture in the lower half of the 30mm-diameter watch displays the small seconds. Powered by the PF701 self-winding Calibre, this piece has a power reserve of 42 hours. A black Hermès alligator strap completes the piece with an ardillon buckle.