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All you need is love!
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All you need is love!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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A profusion of flowers, a string of hearts, every shade of pink from pastel to peony… watchmakers have succumbed to Cupid’s arrow with timepieces that ask, will you be my Valentine?

Blancpain aims for the heart

The adornment of this 29 mm timepiece is designed to celebrate the traditional lovers’ day. Its steel bezel and lugs are set with 68 diamonds, while the mother-of-pearl dial features eight. The seconds hand depicts an arrow symbolizing the transmission of love. Its tip is red, a colour synonymous with passion. A heart adorned with 19 buff-top rubies embellishes the delicately shimmering dial at 12 o’clock. The buff-top cut was mainly used during the Art Deco period for jewellery models, and occasionally in recent years on watch dials. It reveals the rounded upper part of the gem and thereby enhances the radiance of the dial by allowing the light to penetrate more fully into the stone. The lower part of the ruby refracts the light like a facetted stone. The sapphire crystal reveals an openworked white gold oscillating weight adorned with a snailed bevel, polished angles, as well as straight and circular Côtes de Genève. The Manufacture thereby demonstrates the full extent of its expertise by combining these delicate and sophisticated procedures. The Blancpain logo engraved on the oscillating weight echoes the main dial element and also adopts the colour of love.

The adornment of this 29 mm timepiece by Blancpain is designed to celebrate the traditional lovers’ day.
Jaquet Droz, love's eternal circle

In the grand tradition of embellishing dials with precious jewels, something Jaquet Droz does with panache, this timepiece showcases astorite – a rare gem from the United States. A single, hand-cut and hand-polished piece makes the result visually spectacular! On a pink background sparkling with gold and silver inclusions, and black flecks and veins, the dial is transformed into an authentic tableau of contemporary art worn on the wrist in 35 mm. The legend of John Astor becomes a part of Jaquet Droz’s own legend; astorite, a stone named in Astor’s honour, comes from the Colorado mine that belonged to this entrepreneur who perished on the Titanic.
Limited to 28 pieces, this rare and precious watch, the Petite Heure Minute Astorite, epitomizes feminine elegance. The pink of the astorite reflects the richness of the red gold case, ring and hands, and the soft waviness of white mother-of-pearl.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Astorite
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Astorite
Harry Winston, still my beating heart

The dial of the Premier Precious Love Automatic 36mm timepiece reveals a mesmerizing and dynamic composition of overlapping hearts emanating from a floral motif located in the upper half of the dial. On closer inspection, the motif reveals itself as a rose composed of heart-shaped petals pierced in the centre by the hour and minute hands. And from the epicentre of the timepiece, rays of love with vibrant heart-shaped rubies and brilliant-cut diamonds emanate in all directions.
To set the stage for this charming expression of love, a gorgeous shade of pink mother-of-pearl serves as a backdrop, which in turn is veiled by a delicate layer of lace. Diamonds have always had a starring role in the Premier collection and the 18-karat white gold case of the Premier Precious Love Automatic 36mm dazzles with the light of 57 brilliant-cut diamonds and an inverted diamond in the crown.
Like all the timepieces in the Premier collection, the Premier Precious Love Automatic 36mm is driven by a mechanical automatic movement equipped with a silicon balance spring to ensure superlative precision.

Harry Winston Premier Precious Love Automatic 36mm
Harry Winston Premier Precious Love Automatic 36mm
Van Cleef & Arpels, when romance blossoms

Against a deep pink backdrop, the dial of the Charms Extraordinaire Fée Sakura Watch employs several traditional skills to depict Enchanting Nature: mother-of-pearl – sculpted and painted by hand – traces delicate flowers, while the corollas in the foreground are adorned with cabochonné enamel, which gives the petals an opalescent relief effect. The fairy – in sculpted white gold – reveals diamond wings and a rose-cut face that hints at the grace and vivacity of her expressions. On the bezel, two sparkling lines frame a gradation of pink sapphires to emphasize the roundness of the 32mm case. On the back, three flowers in bas-relief retrace the blossoming process from a bud through to a fully open corolla. A charm in diamond and pink sapphires, depicting a cherry flower, completes these miniature tableaux.

SIHH Van Cleef and Arpels Automate Fee Sakura
Van Cleef & Arpels Automate Fee Sakura
Piaget, all in pink

Embedded at the very heart of Piaget’s creative signature characteristics, colour and light naturally find their place within the Altiplano anniversary collection. The dials with their graded shades radiate an original and refreshing mood entirely attuned to the codes of contemporary elegance. Feminine wrists are thus lit up by a vivid pink subtly transitioning from a more intense to a softer shade, magnificently framed by a case in polished white gold or diamond-set white gold. At the heart of these two 34 mm-diameter watches beats Calibre 430P (2.1 mm thick), a worthy heir to the hand-wound Piaget 9P movement.

Piaget Altiplano
Piaget Altiplano
Bovet, you make my heart complete

The Récital 19 Miss Dimier features a steel case coupled with a bezel set delicately with 52 round cut diamonds for enhanced femininity. The automatic movement powering this new model guarantees a 3-day power reserve, so that even if the timepiece is forgotten one weekend, it can easily be worn again on the following Monday without having to reset the time. Its high frequency of 28,800 vph ensures flawless precision, which the collection’s emblematic hands translate into a poetic expression of time – their unusual shapes forming a heart each time they come together on the dial.

Bovet Récital 19 Miss Dimier
Bovet Récital 19 Miss Dimier
Urwerk, love at first sight

Le coup de foudre, that instantaneous love, the love that makes your eyes shine, your heart beat faster, heightens your senses and makes your life more intense. This is what UR-106 is talking about in its Flower Power version, a limited edition of only 11 pieces.
The UR-106 Flower Power casing houses no fewer than 239 Top Wesselton quality diamonds making a total of 2.53 carats (crown included). Its execution was supervised by the house of Magnin located in Geneva, who have specialised in watchmaking assembly since 1959. Added to this decorative work on the casing is the beautiful workmanship carried out on the UR-106 Flower Power carousel itself. A Lotus flower acts as a pivot to the satellite indication of this UR-106. A delicate flower that houses no fewer than 30 diamonds, all adapted to fit by the expert hand of the jeweller.

Urwerk UR-106 Flower Power
Urwerk UR-106 Flower Power
Christophe Claret, loves me, loves me not…

An undeniably poetic watch driven by a unique sense of playfulness and optical illusions, Marguerite is part of the Margot line, Christophe Claret’s very first ladies’ model. This creation affirms the brand’s determination to give substance to a full-fledged feminine collection that consists of complications exclusively devoted to women. or this new model, Marguerite is clothed in diamonds, more than 600 in total. Christophe Claret matches the boldness of this charmingly romantic mechanism with an equally daring case design. To accentuate the 42.50 mm silhouette in 5N red, the bezel and the lugs are set with more than 380 diamonds of different sizes. he visual enchantment does not end there. The ultimate romantic watch, Marguerite turns loving passion into the stuff of intimate daydreams. In addition to the Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, the dial presents a second display. One press on the pusher at 2 o’clock makes the numbers disappear to reveal the phrase: “Il m’aime passionnément” (He loves me passionately).

Christophe Claret Marguerite
Christophe Claret Marguerite
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