Heartfelt Times

By viji Tuesday, 08 March 2016 12:44 PM

Heartfelt Times

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In Omega’s ad campaign brand ambassador George Clooney’s 10-year old rescued, cocker spaniel Einstein shares the spotlight with him. The 54-year old actor adopts rescued dogs and he and barrister wife Amal, have four of them.

Omega’s 44mm stainless steel Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M recalls the wooden decks of luxury sailboats and features a black dial with the Teak Concept pattern and a date window. This certified chronometer is powered by the Co-Axial calibre 3313.

It’s true. Life becomes more beautiful when you open up your heart. Read on to discover the season’s select watches driven by great movements set in their hearts…       


A GMT watch shows you the time in two places simultaneously, either with two separate counters on the dial - one for home and the other for local time - or with an additional hand that reads your home time.

Breitling’s smart 45 mm titanium Bentley GMT Light BodyB04 S features a black or silver dial. Adjust the main hour hand to local time by pulling out the crown and turning it in either direction in one-hour increments. This also corrects the date both backwards and forwards. Driven by the patented Manufacture Breitling Calibre B04, the rotating inner bezel bears the names of 24 cities for easy readings of the time in all the world’s timezones in relation to the time shown by the 24-hour hand (home time).

Glashütte Original’s Senator Cosmopolite is equipped with a new Calibre 89–02 automatic movement keeping track of two time zones simultaneously. The primary dial shows the “away” or destination time, while the home time dial sits along the vertical axis at twelve o’clock. It has a 72-hour power reserve, DST (daylight saving time) and STD (standard time) indicators, day/night display, a small seconds dial, and a date window.

Girard-Perregaux New World centers its dial on the German scholar Sebastian Münster’s (1488-1552), work, 'Novus Orbis' — new world - which resembled an encouragement to exploratory voyages. It is made with genuine stone marquetry, blending blue and pink aventurine, calcite and Canadian nephrite and takes about 95 hours to make a single dial. It houses the automatic manufacture caliber, the GP03300.

At 55mm large, IWC’s Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55 follows the Big Pilot’s Watch of 1940 and comes in a limited run of only 100 pieces. It has titanium case featuring a soft-iron cage in order to protect the movements from magnetic fields (something helpful in a plane cockpit). It features the manual calibre 98300 that runs at a slower 18,000vph frequency and offersg 46 hours of power reserve.

The Rolex 39 mm 18k white or Everose gold Cellini Dual Time models indicate the time in two time zones simultaneously and feature an elegant sun and moon day/night indicator in an aperture on the sub-dial for the second time zone and features a high-precision self-winding mechanical movement, certified as a chronometer and entirely manufactured by Rolex.


A. Lange & Sohne's pink-gold 41mm Datograph Up Down has a black solid-silver dial of solid silver featuring baton hour markers. UP is for the maximum power reserve of 60 hours when fully wound, while DOWN indicates the energy of the mainspring has been depleted. It houses the manually wound Lange manufacture calibre L951.6.

Fendi’s Selleria features a sleeker shape and a stunning mother-of-pearl dial and is complemented by an assortment of interchangeable straps in a palette of colors, inspired by a Karl Lagerfeld sketch realized in 1971 and features iconic “top-stitched” Roman numerals on the dial interspersed with eight diamond brilliants.

Chopard’s classic L.U.C Regulator model features at noon, the power-reserve indicator indicating the autonomy of L.U.C Calibre 98.02-L on a graduated scale, the hours at 3 o’clock, the small seconds at 6 o’clock and the dual-time display at 9 o’clock. The GMT function is controlled by a corrector-pusher in the side and the date at a window between 4 and 5 o’clock.

Longines beautiful Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph is a re-issue of a refined chronograph produced in the first half of the 20th century. The 41mm transparent steel case back reveals Longines’ signature watch movement. A single push-piece is used to control the chronograph’s functions and its dial bears black or white Arabic numerals and a tachymeter scale.

Classic yet modern, Zenith’s stainless steel or pink gold 42 mm Elite Chronograph Classic beats to the rhythm of its legendary heart the El Primero Calibre 4069 at 36,000 vph, guaranteeing tenth of-a-second precision. It’s finely curved 42 mm steel or rose gold case frames a dial featuring engraved hour-markers and slender leaf-type hands and it is water-resistant to 50 metres.


Graff’s stunning 46mm white gold and rose gold Diamond MasterGraff Structural Tourbillon Skeleton is driven by the Graff Caliber 6 – a hand-wound, skeletonized, tourbillon-driven caliber offering a 60-hour power reserve. It is also the world's first tourbillon to feature bridges set entirely with baguette diamonds.

The Ulysse Nardin Royal Python Skeleton Tourbillon is a transparent beauty, with silicium technology and an in-house-developed flying tourbillion. Featuring a silicium balance spring, anchor and escapement wheel it is matched by a python strap and comes in just 81 pieces in rose gold 4N.

Now with a meteorite dial and a pink gold case, the 47mm Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon openwork watch also features signature skeletonized and elongated Roman numerals. It features two indications: local time in the upper section with a second time zone represented by a 24-hour disc, while below is a lunar display with a tourbillon playing the role of the moon when the on-demand moonphase indicator is activated. Cartier will make only fifteen of them.

Franck Muller’s new Yachting timepiece is dedicated to the seafaring world. Inspired by the dynamic Vanguard™ collection, it features a deep blue and wind rose reminding us of the sea world. It sports an automatic movement or a manual one and is available in titanium, 18k gold and stainless steel.

Bulgari’s smart 41mm pink gold Bulgari Roma Finissimo Tourbillon celebrated its 40th anniversary recently. The Finissimo Tourbillon BVL 268 movement is just 1.95mm thick, an absolute world record for a flying tourbillon without a bridge, offering a 52-hour power reserve and beating at the rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz).


Blancpain launched a 60-piece limited edition on the 60th birthday of the Ladybird. In 1956, it was equipped with the smallest round movement ever. It has a 21.50mm white gold case, with diamonds on the bezel and dial, has drop-shaped hands and is driven by a self-winding movement with a silicon balance spring.

Breguet’s $1.8 million “B” Crazy Haute Joaillerie watch has a 33mm 18k white gold case, bedecked with more than 1000 baguette-cut diamonds on mobile petals. The centre of the dial is radial paved with 133 baguette-cut diamonds and has open tipped blued steel hour and minute hands. It enshrines the in-house Calibre 586, an automatic movement offering 40 hours power reserve.

Parisian brand Chanel’s endless source of inspiration and eternal muse is its own founder Coco Chanel and her famous love for camellia blooms and Venice’s lion symbol, which was her star sign. Its new Montre Signature Duo watch in 18K white gold is lavished over with 668 brilliant cut diamonds from ‘tip to toe’ and houses a quartz movement.

If it’s colourful and bold, you can bet your last $100 it’s from Swiss brand De Grisogono. Its new eye-catching Grappoli Rubis ‘accents the pink’ so to speak. It boasts a pink gold case set with rubies & briolette-cut rubies, black rhodium treatment on claws and is powered by a quartz movement. Its dial is fully snow set with rubies, and is matched by a ruby galuchat strap.

DeWitt’s 36mm Princess Marie-Clotilde is a masterpiece featuring 405 baguette-cut diamonds. It beats to the rhythm of a mechanical self-winding movement, equipped with a 42-hour power reserve and was created by brand founder Count Jérôme de Witt as tribute to his mother, HI&RH Princess Marie-Clotilde Napoléon.