Artisan of emotions
Chopard’s sporty chic Alpine Eagle is a new interpretation of the bestselling St Moritz, first created in 1980 by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, now co-president of Chopard. Driven by his passion for the Alps and the eagle that reigns supreme there, the Maison is committed to protecting the Alpine environment through the launch of the Eagle Wings Foundation, of which Scheufele is a founding member. Everything about the watch is inspired by that eagle, from the shape of the hands to the decoration of the dial. Crafted from an exclusive, ultra-resistant and light-reflecting metal called Lucent Steel A223, the piece relies on a Chopard chronometer-certified movement to keep time.
Leader of the pack
You can go as bling as you like as long as you’re wearing the right size for your wrist… This sparkling Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona by Rolex in 18ct yellow gold will surely get the attention of those who love the speedway. In this version, the emblematic tachymetric scale is replaced with 36 trapeze-cut diamonds. The champagne-coloured chronograph counters are encircled by black lacquer and diamonds, which concentrate focus on the paved black lacquer dial, a welcome resting point for the eyes. The hour markers take the form of eight diamonds in 18ct yellow-gold settings, while Arabic numerals 15, 30 and 45, in the same metal are visible at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock respectively. The new Cosmograph Daytona carries the Superlative Chronometer certification typical for all Rolex watches to ensure excellent performance on the wrist.
Sleek design, mechanical finesse
Lange & Söhne’s presentation of the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds with black dial and white-gold case at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2019 in Geneva recalls Bauhaus design concepts. The scientific-technical design with red accents is a look you don’t forget in a hurry. That and the contrasting white markings on black background add a new aesthetic to the regulator architecture of the watch. The regulator dial, with the large seconds circle at the top, draws attention to the smallest of the three units of time. The smaller hour and minute circles are arranged underneath. The display in the lower zone, where the hour and minute indications intersect, is particularly eye-catching. Ten hours before it needs to be wound again, it switches from white to red as a gentle reminder.
Vacheron Constantin is reissuing a steel version of its ‘Cornes de Vache’ model, the Maison’s first water-resistant chronograph launched in 1955, as part of its Historiques collection. It is sought after by collectors due to its original limited production, and distinguishable by the lugs reminiscent of cow horns that secure it to the strap. It was released in platinum in 2015 and 18K 4N pink gold in 2016 but the steel version, in a more contemporary size (38.5mm), highlights its vintage inspiration. Expect the unconventional design of this double-pusher chronograph, with its 30-minute and small seconds counters on the dial, to be a talking point! The piece houses the manual-winding chronograph Calibre 1142, which beats at 21 600 vibrations per hour, and a 48-hour power reserve.