With the recently concluded Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and the upcoming Baselworld, the world of watches is about to welcome another deluge of luxurious timepieces that have no qualms about upping the ante year after year when it comes to extravagance and of course, prices. From the dizzying array of timepieces, we round up the five most impressive watches.
1. Imperiale Chrono All Black by Chopard
Glamorous is the first word that comes to mind with the Imperiale Chrono All Black. The shiny all-black exterior may look rather imposing, but the diamond-set bezel offsets that, adding a luxurious feel to the watch. The lotus flower crown is also a nice touch that makes this timepiece stand out from the rest. Plus, we like that it’s perfect for both the ladies and gents, whether you lead a sophisticated or sporty lifestyle.
2. Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée by Vancleef & Arpels
Inspired by prima ballerinas, this dainty, gorgeous creation is no ordinary watch. The diamond-encrusted ballerina’s tutu work as wings that come alive to display the time. That’s because the watch works on a double retrograde movement, where you’ll have to press a button to see the time. Watch as the ballerina’s tutu rise in an arc, indicating the hour first followed by the minute, before resuming their initial positions, as if truly mimicking the graceful movements of a dancer.
Retails at S$185,000.
3. Bugatti Super Sport Rose Gold by Parmigiani Fleurier
The gorgeous rose gold model of the Bugatti Super Sport movement is a very elegant piece that is designed in two planes. On the wrist, the movement of the watch is presented at a 90° angle. On the upside, the balance and escape wheel bridges form an arc.The signature case lugs of Parmigiani Fleurier are also present, lending a graceful curve and shape to the watch.
Retails at S$469,200 exclusively at The Hour Glass.
4. Villeret Seconde Authentique by Montblanc
This one’s for the ladies, and Montblanc knows exactly how to display the right amount of ladylike charm on your wrists; the Villeret Seconde Authentique series presents an 18 carat red gold watch, and the straps come in lovely feminine shades of maroon and white. The best details, however, lie in the inlaid mother-of-pearl dial. Each piece is limited to 58 watches or 58 pairs of watches.
5. Histoire de Tourbillion 4 by Harry Winston
This magnificent timepiece is a complex, intricate combination of mechanisms by Harry Winston, and honestly quite overwhelming upon first look. However, if you take into account the number of dedicated hours just to produce these highly exclusive 20 pieces, you’ll realize that it is a work of both art and science. The tri-axial Histoire de Tourbillion 4 works with gravity, not against it, to give you the most accurate, precise timing and superior performance.
Retails at S$1,121,000 exclusively at The Hour Glass.