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World’s Priciest Watches

July 6, 2011

Which are the priciest watches in the market? I have been often asked by friends. “Priciest” is a relative term and depends on who is asking. I would categorise watches which are over Rs 1 crore as the priciest. That is numeral one followed by eight zeroes. So here is the list I have prepared of the priciest watches presently available in your city. Well, this list is not exhaustive for many watch brands are not willing to quote their price and they do so only to a prospective client.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Tourbillon Rs 1.2cr.

Housed within a case that strongly hints at its innate sturdiness, protected by a sapphire crystal and a solid back secured by eight polished steel screws, a true masterpiece is revealed: the new self-winding Calibre 2897, equipped with a tourbillon and a chronograph. A set of 335 parts on the manually adjusted, corrected, bevelled and decorated surface creates a shimmering play on light and shade. The automatic winding is ensured by a peripheral oscillating weight, while its chronograph is equipped with a column wheel and its tourbillon optimises its rating precision. The Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Tourbillon displays a sophisticated and powerful design, supported by a combination of black-coloured materials: forged carbon for the case middle, ceramic for the bezel and rubber for the strap. A watch with two faces, the watch is an amazing blend of two worlds.

Parmigiani Bugatti’s Super Sport Rs 1.3cr.

Parmigiani Bugatti Super Sport is taken from Veyron, a car that was outrageousness-squared to begin with. Where regular Veyrons have 1001 horsepower, the Super Sport adds another 200. A driver’s watch, Parmigiani’s Super Sport is physically laid out so the time can be easily read by a driver while his hand is on the steering wheel. The dial is located on the side of a radically-shaped case. The sapphire-covered top of the 18k white gold case provides a window overlooking the groundbreaking power-source beneath. Two of the lugs are articulated to ensure a comfortable fit. Six sapphire crystals satisfy even the most ardent horological voyeurs, providing views of the engine from all sides. In a world of size 6 movements in size 12 cases, the Parmigiani Calibre PF 372 inside the Super Sport is entirely bespoke. At the top of the case, where one might expect to see the time display, we find instead the main plate. The balance and escape wheels are visible in the 6 o’clock position. The power reserve sits at 12 o’clock with a graduated scale representing the movement’s 10 day power reserve. The movement has 10 bridges, and it is made up of 337 components. The movement is entirely fabricated by Parmigiani in-house, and this timepiece enjoys a 10 year warranty. In an homage to the Veyron Super Sport’s exterior finishing, orange hour and minute hands turn above a carbon fiber dial. The Parmigiani Bugatti Super Sport shown here is a numbered limited edition of 30 pieces.

Harry Winston’s Opus 11 Rs 1.3 cr

Denis Giguet, designer of the Opus 11 says that the idea of “how to explode the time” was the genesis for the creation of the Opus 11, the latest in the Harry Winston Opus series of complicated watches. You can see this idea at work when you view the watch in motion. The hours only are shown at the center of the main dial using twenty four plates, while the two small displays on the right side of the watch show the minutes and the motion of the titanium balance wheel.The effect is so hypnotic and enchanting that you feel it should come with an hourly chime so you wont miss the show. Limited edition of 111 watches

Seiko’s Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater Rs 1.6 cr

Seiko Credor is a pleasing hybrid of mechanical beauty and accurate quartz crystal regulation. The historical complication (function) uses a pusher or sliding mechanism to sound the time back to the listener. Most minute repeaters have chimes mixes with the sounds of running gears. Seiko uses a silencing system to make sure that gear grinding sounds are minimized. Traditional minute repeaters sounds the time first in hours (you count the chimes to measure the hours, 3 chimes means 3 o’clock), then chimes for the quarter hours (15 minute segments), then the minutes. To make the math easier, Seiko has the second set of chimes sound out 10 minute installments. The timepiece itself is in a 42.8mm wide 18 rose gold case with an exposed movement on the front and back. There are double AR coated sapphire crystals and the piece is matched to a crocodile strap. It is manually wound with 72 hours of power reserve (power reserve indicator on dial) and accurate to about 15 seconds a month.

Ulyess Nardin’s Alexander the Great Rs 3.5 cr

Ulyess Nardin’s Alexander the Great is a  super high-end fun novelty watches with a tourbillon and a minute repeater. When the minute repeater is activated, the little characters on the dial come to life and act as though they are striking the bells. So each time you hear a chime for example, one of the little character swings a sword. Miniaturized jaquemarts on the dial of watches l are hand-engraved in gold. What the jaquemarts are going on the dial is fighting. Apparently you are seeing the depiction of one of Alexander the Great’s battles. The watch comes in 18k white or rose gold, and the figures on the dial match that color. On this watch the dial is actually done with diamonds. This dial is man-made and involves a single continuous sheet of diamond crystals. Under the figurines is the tourbillon – all part of the in-house made and very complex caliber UN-78 manually wound movement. There are complex movements, and there are complex movements. Seeing the operation of the watch and then looking through the sapphire caseback window shed a bit of light on this fact. The minute repeater is activated via the slider on the left side of the case. As far as minute repeaters go it is pleasant sounding with good tone. Unlike other minute repeaters with just two gongs, this one has four of them – meaning it can produce more sounds. Having the jaquemarts on the dial “act” out the chimes is the icing on the cake. The watch itself is 44mm wide and has limited edition of 50 pieces in 18k white gold and 50 pieces in 18k rose gold.

TAG’s Monsoon Offer

July 5, 2011

Timing it with the monsoon TAG Heuer launches water resistant watches and this year they have three watches to offer. Practical yet sophisticated, these exquisite timepieces are a must have this monsoon season!

Carrera Lady Diamond

Bearing resemblance to its masculine equivalent yet set apart by its feminine charms: 13 diamonds on the index, steel bracelet and mother-of-pearl dial. Drawing inspiration from the classic style of Carrera watches, the TAG Heuer Carrera Lady Diamond contains a high precision movement. It is chic and feminine, and comes in dial colour options in white or pink mother of pearl, or black, enhanced by 13 diamonds or elegant baton markers. Simplicity and efficiency are the governing style principles, revisited with the TAG Heuer woman’s superlative elegance and grace. Price: Rs. 1,34,000

Grand CARRERA Calibre 36RS Caliper Chronograph

Winner of the Grand Prix d’Horlorgerie de Geneve, Favourite Sports Watch, the TAG Heuer Grand CARRERA Calibre 36RS Caliper Concept Chronograph is an exceptional timepiece animated by a column-wheel movement based on the famous «El Primero». This timepiece of superlative design is remarkable for being the first Swiss-made mechanical watch capable of measuring and displaying 1/10th second thanks to the rotating scale. The watch is driven by a C.O.S.C.- certified automatic movement that beats at an impressive 36,000 vibrations per hour. This high frequency allows the central seconds hand to advance at 1/10th second intervals – a technological achievement of the highest order. It is made possible by a special information display developed by TAG Heuer: the Caliper Rotating Scale that magnifies the second by ten times, controlled by a stunning red-edged crown at 10.00. Price: Rs. 4,26,000

Aquaracer Calibre S 1/100th Chronograph

TAG Heuer developed and patented the Calibre S movement, accurate to 1/100th of a second. It’s what makes this watch revolutionary. For maximum readability, watch and chronograph times are displayed by the hour and minute hands. The semi circular Calibre S counters show 1/10th and 1/100th of a second in chronograph mode, or the date in hour mode. The counter at 4:30 indicates 1/100th-of-a-second and the counter at 7:30shows 1/10th-of-a-second. In hour mode, the perpetual retrograde date is displayed by the hands of these two counters- until December 31, 2099. Like all Aquaracer editions, the Calibre S 1/100th carries the essential features of the line. Price: Rs. 1,16,000.

Dior Elegance

July 4, 2011

Dior VIII 33mm auto

Watch our for numeral VIII in this Dior watch

Dior VIII 33mm Automatic (Bezel set with diamonds) evokes the Haute Couture heritage of the House of Dior based on timeless elegance.  The watch pays tribute to the couturier. Its name, consisting of eight characters, is the lucky number of Dior’s founder. The date of his couture house’s creation was also the 8th of October 1946. The name of his first collection was baptised “en hult”. Dior’s jewellery and timepiece collection is showcased at the Avenue Montaigne and 8 Place VenDome in the VIIIth Arrondissement of Paris. Moreover, 8 is the only number that appears in Roman numerals at 8 ‘o’ clock on these ultra-feminine and classic-shaped wristwatches.

Monsieur Dior’s taste for architecture, graphic lines, Paris and its symbol the Eiffel Tower is reflected in the collection. The ceramic work on the Dior VIII has enabled the creation of a structured pattern, a bracelet made from an arrangement of pyramids, like the Lady Dior bag and its “Cannage” pattern obtained by the work on the leather. Price: Rs. 438,000


Available at Delhi: Johnson’s Watch Co, C – 16, Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110001, Ph: 41513121; Johnson watch Company, A-12, South Extension Part 1, New Delhi – 110049, Ph: 24642255; Dior Boutique – Emporio, New Delhi – 110001, Ph: 46005900; Mumbai: Watches of Switzerland: 231, Link Corner Building, Shop no.2, Linking Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai – 40005, Ph: 26402511; Ethos Summit, Unit No. 13, 14, 23, 24 CR2 Mall, Plot 240/240A, Backbay Reclaimation, Block No.3, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400021, Ph: 66150351; Dior Boutique – Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai – 40005, Ph: 67499091; Bangalore: Zimson UB City Mall, Bangalore – 560095, Ph: 40982100; Hyderabad: Meena Jewellers, Hyderabad – 500034, Ph: 23237170; Chennai: The Helvetica, Chennai Express Avenue, No S 02/03, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai – 600002, Ph: 43577782