Bvlgari Octo Finissimo
With a newly won fifth world record, the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT opens a new chapter in the ongoing success story of the Haute Horlogerie collection. This titanium wristwatch is the slimmest self-winding timepiece ever made. And that’s not all: although Calibre BVL 318 is a mere 3.3 millimetres tall, it nonetheless boasts an integrated chronograph with column-wheel control, integrated coupling, and a GMT function to show the time in a second time zone. Despite its small dimensions, the peripheral rotor is powerful enough to provide a power reserve of 55 hours. The iconic Octo case is likewise exceptionally slim: it is only 6.9 millimetres tall. The case, which is the brainchild of none other than the gifted designer Gérald Genta, is famous for its innumerable facets and is made of sandblasted titanium, as is the dial. The dial, case, bracelet and clasp are all produced in-house by the manufacture.
The Altiplano collection expresses Piaget’s conception of a luxury watch more eloquently than any other line. Created in 1957 as a refined and sleekly simple vessel for the manufacture’s ultra-slim movements, the profoundly expressive Altiplano collection is distinguished by emphatic minimalism and off-centre subdials. With a low height of just 4.30 millimetres, this white gold wristwatch sets standards in the discipline of ultra-slim timepieces. The back of the case doubles as a base plate for the 219 components of manufacture Calibre 910P, which includes a peripheral rotor made of 22 karat gold. A welcome and aesthetic sideeffect of this sophisticated technique is that the bridges and other components are fully visible in all their beauty.
Zenith’s still-young Defy Classic line, which celebrated its spectacular debut with the launch of the Defy El Primero 21 hundredths-of-a-second chronograph in 2017, embodies the extraordinary expertise of this Swiss manufacture. Entry into this elite line is facilitated by the new Defy Classic, which comes with 41-millimetre-diameter titanium case that remains watertight to a depth of 100 metres. Self-winding Calibre Elite 670 SK, which amasses a 50-hour power reserve, ticks inside the case. For maximum precision, the skeletonized movement is equipped with an anchor and escape-wheel made of innovative silicon. Fascinating views of the mechanical interplay are provided by the skeletonized dial, which is designed as a five-pointed star in analogy to the brand’s logo. The visible date mechanism around the dial’s periphery is particularly attractive.
HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION
The daring combination of high-tech materials and traditional horological craftsmanship is the declared hallmark of Switzerland’s Hublot Manufacture, which creates exquisite timepieces that combine the best of both worlds. The Aerofusion Moonphase impresses connoisseurs with its technical and aesthetic realisation of a full calendar. Open architecture and artistic skeletonising reveal the disc mechanisms that underlie date and day-of-the-week indicators. Crafted with loving attention to detail, the moon-phase display at the “6” also includes a classic hand-type date indicator. This quartet of displays is orchestrated by self-winding Calibre HUB1131, which sets the pace inside the 45-millimetre-diameter case of the Aerofusion Moonphase.
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