Less «dematerialised» than the other models in the collection, Type 12 reintroduces certain classical watchmaking codes for a more stylish presence on the wrist. While remaining true to the brand’s DNA, this piece differs from the rest of the collection through its design. Born from the intersection of six spheres, its cushion shape now features a middle part which was almost absent from the original Type 1. It is also distinctive for its loops built into the case and a system of interchangeable wristlets.
This 40 mm piece of exceptional purity has been inspired by Laurent Ferrier’s «Montre Ecole» watch of 1968. Housed in the firm’s iconic case, the dial features a vertical fine-brushed finish. The seconds sub-dial is enhanced by a play of surface treatments which contrast harmoniously with the whole piece. With a power reserve of 72 hours, the versions in red or white gold, together with another in steel, will surely embellish the wrists of wearers who are attracted by timeless elegance.
Adopting the same architecture as the Calibres 110, 111 and 112, this piece is powered by the new in-house Calibre 113. It features a distinctive «business calendar» (complete and weekly calendar). Like its predecessors, this movement has a ten-day power reserve, displayed by a patented non-linear indicator. On the dial, two apertures indicate the day and the date while a central hand with a red tip points to the week and month on the dial circumference.
The essence of nature seems to spring to life in this timepiece. The discreet hours advance at a poetic pace. Fitted with a random automaton module which springs to life on demand this watch becomes the playground for a butterfly which flaps its wings at an uneven beat, echoing its owner’s own lifestyle. Set with blue, mauve and violet gemstones the dial features transparent convex plants embellished with bluish-green colour shades in curved plique-à-jour enamel, a new in-house technique.
Designed by Kim Jones, in cooperation with Jake and Dinos Chapman, this piece displays an elephant. The elephant motif is a central feature of the new spring-summer 2017 collection, in keeping with the spirit of travel which has always been a hallmark of the firm. The silvered dial in the form of a coin is produced in relief and hand-polished by the craftsmen at the Fabrique du temps watch factory. The strap in «Monogram Savane Ink» canvas is a new Louis Vuitton signature. A quartz movement is fitted in the 39 mm case.
As the final piece in a trilogy of luxury jewellery watches, this timepiece takes its inspiration from winter landscapes. This explosive sculpture which seems to have emerged straight from the glaciers incorporates no less than 10,000 gems scattered like snowflakes freshly fallen from the heavens. Powerful and sensual, its brilliance seems hypnotizing from every angle with passing time concealed at its very heart. Fashioned in white gold in two unique copies, its outer mantle is made of diamonds or blue sapphires.
The Speedmaster family has been extended to include new pieces in the 38 mm format. The case in stainless steel and Sedna gold houses the Co-Axial 3330 movement, fitted with a silicon balance-spring. The bi-colour dial is enhanced by oval brown sub-dials recalling the brand’s logo. Studded with diamonds, the bezel presents a tachometer scale on a brown aluminium ring. This double design guarantees an elegant character without losing the collection’s sporty DNA. This piece is guaranteed for 4 years.
With its exceptional presentation, this watch creates a genuine surprise. At the heart of an elegant case the hour/minute counter off-centred at 10 o’clock together with the seconds counter unusually placed at 4 o’clock make a superb contrast with the deep black dial. At 7 o’clock the aperture for the scrolling date highlights the unusual character of this piece. Several red touches underscore its contemporary styling. The back reveals an oscillating weight decorated with Côtes de Genève and the Mido logo.
For thousands of years man has endeavoured to capture the fragile beauty of the firmament in matter. The stars have been imprisoned in a blue oxide setting in the shape of small white gold spheres and laser cut pinholes at the very heart of this timepiece. Their myriad presence contrasts with the deep blue of the dial. Draped in a fine deposit of gold leaf their light shines out with glittering reflections. Last but not least, a blued steel and platinum moon presides like a majestic guardian over this Elysée.
This piece lends itself to a metamorphosis to commemorate the firm’s 20th anniversary. Its great innovation is a case which can be
released from its support, pivots to be reversed and secured again to its anchor point while displaying a titanium shield behind which the time is hidden. The time for its part is displayed by 12 indexes in groups of four which move along the minute rail. Each satellite rests on a carrousel itself governed by a mega-carrousel. A turbine connected to the rotor enables the movement to be wound.
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