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FINE TIME Posted on 17 November 2015.

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FINE TIME

This year’s new watch collections push the limits of design, style and time. From fashion pieces to complicated timepieces, haute horology gets all dialled up. Once simply a stylish timepiece and now a horological icon, the Koppel watch enjoys a reputation of timeless class and is truly a distinctive example of Scandinavian design at its best. The Danish designer Henning Koppel might have acknowledged that he created a fantastic watch in 1978, but he probably never foresaw the status that his classic design would enjoy today. Henning Koppel’s vision challenged the status quo. It carved away excess detail to identify the most elegant essence of a watch. The watch pay tribute in every possible way to the values of Georg Jensen: Danish design, craftsmanship and quality. Both stylish and sporty, the new limited edition is suitable for business as well as pleasure.

Modern with a classic aesthetic, it marries the understated elegance of its minimalist forms with the quality and innovation of the materials. The watch features an anthracite grey galvanic dial with silver powder minute hand. The 41 mm stainless steel case holds an ETA calibre 2894 with 37 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve and is the perfect watch for the modern traveller. Dedicated to lovers of haute horlogerie are the two new Special Editions, the Radiomir 1940 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Oro Rosso and Radiomir 1940 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Oro Bianco. Officine Panerai has created these models by combining the case design of the Radiomir 1940 with the technology of the P.2004 Manufacture movement, presented for the first time in the P.2004/10 version with skeletonised bridges and barrels. 

While testifying to age-old expertise, the Galet Classic is also an elegant and efficient timepiece, equipped with an exclusive in-house movement developed, assembled and adjusted in the Laurent Ferrier workshops. For the very first time, the tourbillon device created by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801 is fitted with a double balance-spring. The balance-springs neutralise the lateral displacement of the balance axis, while the tourbillon compensates for the variations in rate in all vertical positions. Laurent Ferrier has also developed its own escapement mechanism. In association with the tourbillon, with a specifically adapted construction, with a rigorous choice of materials and manual adjustments, the regulating organ ensures excellent rating precision. After observing the evolution of Montblanc’s Nicolas Rieussec chronographs, one might be tempted to conclude that time is a disc. Montblanc first used rotating discs to replace the hands on the chronograph’s counters for sixty elapsed seconds and thirty elapsed minutes. A rotating disc was afterwards installed to indicate the hour in a second time zone.

And now the Montblanc manufacture debuts its Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours, which relies on two discs, one atop the other, to show not only the twelve hours, but to also indicate whether each of the dozen is a daytime or night-time hour. Salvatore Ferragamo is one of the world’s best known Made in Italy luxury brands. The company’s history dates back to the early 1900’s when its founder went to the United States and became famous in Hollywood making made to measure shoes for the stars of the new movie industry. The new F-80 draws its inspiration from precision aeronautical instruments, reflecting the sport and luxury spirit that permeates the entire F-80 line.

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