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Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry, which recently joined the partners to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, came to Geneva, in January, for its fifth time at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie; an opportunity for the brand to confirm its collections and unveil its first tourbillon.
In 2008 the Charms watch was born, with its lucky charm motif spinning merrily around the dial. Today, Van Cleef & Arpels is opening a new chapter in this collection with four exceptional limited editions.
The Patrimony collection is custodian to the true horological tradition and is thus part of Vacheron Constantin’s genetic make-up. The unvaryingly round cases express the enduring classic style in a renewed testimony to the Vacheron Constantin’s heritage. The innate elegance of these timepieces is distilled from centuries of expertise, today with the investiture of the Geneva hallmark. While the Patrimony Contemporaine watches embrace the present, the Patrimony Traditionnelle models lay claim, as their name suggests, to a classic style in keeping with watchmaking’s historical legacy. Finally, the Patrimony High Jewellery timepiece is a reminder that the craftsmen of fine watchmaking can unite their talents with the most skilful jewellers.
With the Excalibur 45 Double Skeleton Tourbillon, the Excalibur collection reveals the beauty of the complication that has become a signature of the brand: a double flying tourbillon, in a skeleton structure.
The start of a vintage yacht race is a moment of remarkable beauty. The boats of every class, with timbers sometimes a hundred years old or more, gather together at the starting line between the buoys, driven only by the wind which fills the sails and by the skill of the captains and crews who with a few simple instruments must carry out complicated tactics to master the sea, the wind and time. Timing in particular is crucial: in the minutes preceding the start, marked by the ritual of the strict countdown signalled by the judges’ flags, the Lords of the sea must line up behind the buoys without crossing the imaginary line before the race has started. It is not a simple operation for yachts which are often tens of metres long with an immense sail area exposed to the unpredictable nature of the elements.
Ladies too have long since discovered Montblanc’s watches. Now the manufacture in Villeret returns their compliment and presents the Seconde Authentique serie with models which are expressly conceived for feminine wrists. Charmingly ladylike timepieces with an inlaid mother-of-pearl dial and the fire of genuine brilliant-cut diamonds. And a classically elegant lady’s wristwatch available only in tandem with its accompanying gent’s model. Each is limited to 58 watches or 58 pairs of watches.
A vivid expression of the equestrian heritage of the brand, the Ralph Lauren Stirrup watch collection attained iconic status not long after its launch. Premiered in 2009 the Ralph Lauren Stirrup collection features today some 20 models. Designed for both men and women, the collection is offered in three sizes - small, medium and large – and different materials - white or rose gold, platinum and stainless steel - and many are brilliantly embellished with diamonds.