This Christmas, treat yourself to the luxury of time! And what nicer than a watch to claim its ownership? They are the guardians of the passing seconds, they are imagined and designed meticulously to provide rhythm to our daily lives, they provide a reference for each instant but carry on beyond a moment or even a life…Here is our selection of festive, iconic or even connected watches that are destined to accompany you in the creation and the celebration of your nicest memories. So why not start the countdown to the New Year with an elegant chronograph on your wrist? And to brighten things up even more, we will finish in style with a small assortment of delightful jewellery.
Baume et Mercier
Since its arrival within the Baume et Mercier offering, the “Promesse” collection has enjoyed great success. On this occasion, we present you here with the “Petite Promesse” with its wrap-around orange calfskin strap. This diamond-set mother-of-pearl watch for ladies features an ellipse-shaped case of only 22mm and houses a Swiss made quartz movement. A timepiece that makes the big promise of keeping you chic in all circumstances.
CHF 3’150.- www.baume-et-mercier.ch
Capeland Shelby Cobra
With this model, Baume et Mercier celebrates one of the most legendary cars of all times, the Cobra, as well as its designer, Carol Shelby. This is a 44mm chronograph with a genuinely sporty character and equipped with a Swiss made automatic movement with date and tachymeter functions. Its racing spirit is further highlighted by touches of yellow, a black rubber strap and above all by the famous Cobra snake. The Shelby symbol stands with its threatening eyes on the upper tip of the seconds hand.
CHF 4’550.- www.baume-et-mercier.ch
Big Bang Monochrome Gold Diamonds
“Go bold or go home”. This is the sort of message transmitted by the new version of the Big Bang monochrome with its metallic looks. Great timing indeed, since this is very fashionable right now ! A charming and balanced encounter with the warm tonalities of rose gold make of this watch an exceptional piece of design. No need to head for Saint-Barth for your Christmas holidays anymore, the gold plated sunray dial with satin-finishing will envelop your wrist with refinement, with luxury and above all with light.
CHF 33’900.- www.hublot.com
Big Bang Jeans Ceramic All Black
10 years have already passed since Hublot initiated the “all black” trend within the watchmaking industry. In parallel, the brand has also been working and exploring the usage of the jeans texture on some of its models. So obviously, the fusion of these two concepts was only a matter of time. We are pleased to present you here with the Big Bang Jeans Ceramic All Black featuring a 44mm ceramic case combined with both a dial and a bracelet in black jeans fabric. Produced in a strictly limited edition of only 100 pieces, this model will only be made available in the 77 Hublot boutiques across the world. It deserves to be mentioned that a diamond-set 41mm version of this watch is also available for ladies.
CHF 15’300.- www.hublot.com
A truly iconic piece since 1980, Corum’s Golden Bridge stands out and sticks to your mind. It remains the first and only watch featuring an automatic “baguette” movement suspended by a single bridge. In this model, the tonneau shaped case offers a 360º view on the movement. A dazzling spectacle! Not surprisingly, it comes in a strictly limited edition and is available in either rose or white 18k gold.
CHF 41’600.- www.corum.ch
Millenary Hand Wound
With its Millenary collection, the Manufacture based in the Swiss village of Le Brassus is taking a leading stance in the high horology segment. In a Millenary watch, all the different movement and structural elements are being put forward to also endorse a decorative function. A piece full of character that has nothing to hide. Different stainless steel components from the Manufacture Calibre 5201 mingle with touches rose and white gold, a white mother-of-pearl small seconds dial and nothing less than 574 diamonds. Sophistication reaches a new peak once this sumptuous 39,5mm timepiece is mounted on a trendy purple alligator strap. Its fortunate owner will not loose an occasion to proudly hand-wind this precious piece of luxury. Of course, everything beautiful and exclusive has a price, which leaves us only to say that when you do something out of love…you don’t count the cost.
CHF 56’500.- www.audemarspiguet.com
The Longines Master Collection
For now over 180 years, the “Compagnie des Montres Longines Francillon” has accumulated an impressive know-how that combines elegance with tradition. The Master Collection we are presenting here is the perfect example: a nice classic aesthetic displaying a silver finished “barleycorn” dial and housing a column wheel automatic chronograph with a power reserve of 54 hours. Its stainless steel case has a diameter of 42mm and the movement can be observed through the transparent sapphire case-back.
CHF 2’710.- www.longines.ch
La Grande Classique de Longines
The “Grande Classique” collection by Longines was first presented back in 1992 and found its inspiration in the traditional and famous classical elegance so true to the brand. This year, the collection has been enriched with new and colourful dials and straps. Apart from our chosen blue version, white and pink declinations are also proposed. The timepiece is all the more beautiful thanks to its mother-of-pearl dial surrounded by diamonds. The “Grande Classique” is available in two different sizes: 24 or 29mm.
CHF 3’940.- www.longines.ch
Tonda 1950 Tourbillon White Gold Jade Black
It took Parmigiani Fleurier two years of research and development to successfully present its automatic flying tourbillon with micro rotor, the thinnest in the world with a height of only 3,4mm. As if this impressive achievement was not enough, the Manufacture based in the village of Fleurier embarked on producing the tourbillon cage out of titanium, an extremely complicated task with such a material and at such a small scale. The result speaks for itself: it only weighs 0,255 grams. Nothing less than an exceptional dial was going to be necessary to fully valorise such high-level mechanics. So Parmigiani opted for an absolutely sublime black polished jade dial with an opening at 7 o’clock revealing the fascinating spectacle of the tourbillon, rotating in 60 seconds and like floating in weightlessness.
CHF 130’000.- www.parmigiani.ch
Tonda 1950 White Gold “Clarity”
« Diamonds are a girl’s best friend ». Parmigiani Fleurier has clearly gotten the message as it has decided to decorate the dial of its white gold Tonda model with a mosaïque of diamonds. Together, the dial and the bezel feature a total of 704 diamonds of different sizes, carefully selected and applied on the dial to create a trompe l’oeil effect, as if it had a slightly convex shape. An extremely feminine and exclusive timepiece that can only impress and that will for sure steal the limelight away from the nicest pieces of jewellery. The extra very chic little detail: the strap was produced by Hermès.
CHF 47’700.- www.parmigiani.ch
We can enjoy here a subtle reinterpretation of the iconic 1950s Luminor design: the Officine Panerai watches now display a case thickness that has been reduced by nearly 40%. Modifying such a famous watch is not without risk, but the brand has taken up the challenge with brio. True to the original, the “Due” still offers its famous cushion-shaped case, its large dial and of course its classic bridge device with sealing leaver to protect the winding crown. A very welcome reinterpretation that enables at last to easily slide the watch beneath a shirt. A big thank you on behalf of all women’s wrists!
CHF 20’700.- www.panerai.com
This first Ralph Lauren watch with a round dial found the inspiration for its name from the brand’s boutique in New York, at 888 Madison Avenue. A timepiece designed for the classic Ralph Lauren woman, revealing a glamorous, modern and cosmopolitan personality. The RL888 also offers a touch of audacity with its Art Deco inspired white lacquered dial that playfully mixes both Roman and Arabic numerals. The interchangeable bracelet and the many colours available provide this joyful watch with an extra “Pop” twist.
CHF 12’900.- www.ralphlauren.com
Cat’s Eye Aventurine
For her, we highly recommend the delicate Cat’s Eye Aventurine. Its oval-shaped rose gold case is set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds and is appropriately accompanied by a highly elegant dark blue alligator strap. On the aventurine dial with its dark glittering colour that recalls a night sky full of stars, a poetic day/night indicator appears at 6 o’clock. This 22 carats rose gold disk operates a smooth 24 hour rotation, alternately displaying a shiny sun and a smooth moon
CHF 29’910.- www.girard–perregaux.com
Laureato 225th Anniversary
For him, how about the audacious Laureato model? Its vintage look reminds us of the first model presented back in 1975, a stainless steel and sporty watch with an innovative design. Whilst an automatic Manufacture movement has now replaced the original quartz declination, the famous octagonal bezel remains omnipresent. As a result, we have a well-balanced 41mm timepiece featuring a stunning navy blue dial with “Clou de Paris” finishing. A convincing blend of strength and refinement that radiates both a virile and smart aesthetic.
CHF 14’500.- (ltd.edition 225 pcs) www.girard–perregaux.com
Velvet by Massaro: Lana
The Velvet by Massaro “Lana” has a filmmaking inspiration and is to be seen as a tribute to the famous actress Lana Turner. Designed in collaboration with Massaro, the Parisian master shoemaker, this timepiece has a distinct haute-couture touch as its silvery bracelet is decorated with a row of pearls. This was intended as a nod to the diva’s favourite jewel, a long necklace of beautiful white pearls. Horological complexity, high jewellery and glamour all come together. The tonneau-shaped case houses the automatic winding calibre RD821. Another very elegant detail is to be found in how the two Roman numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock stand out from all the other ones arranged to the sides. A quite unique art deco finishing to round off a very Hollywood-style watch. This limited edition will delight the hearts of only 88 ladies.
CHF 42’100.- www.rogerdubuis.com
Excalibur Squelette Automatique
As usual, Roger Dubuis displays a subtle blend of tradition and futurism on this Excalibur Automatic Skeleton. A high-flying horological achievement: the entirety of the Manufacture’s production is stamped with the Poinçon de Genève. In this respect, this model is no surprise: the white gold case has a diameter of 42mm and its skeletonized dial is a playful spectacle revealing in complete transparency every detail of the automatic movement, whose 167 components are all hand-finished!
CHF 74’100.- www.rogerdubuis.com
Petit Modèle Overseas
With its 37mm Overseas Small Model, Vacheron Constantin delivers a true luxury sports watch for women. The 18k rose gold case presents a translucent rosy beige-lacquered dial and a bezel set with 84 round-cut diamonds. It houses the new Vacheron Constantin calibre 5300 specially developed for smaller ladies models and certified by the famous Hallmark of Geneva. Just as the entire history of the Overseas model, this watch is an invitation to travel the world. It will easily accompany the elegant women in any of her aquatic adventures thanks to its rubber strap. For her sociable evenings, she will however easily swap the rubber for a more refined and elegant alligator bracelet. The powdery pink colour adds a touch of reverie and on the back of the watch one can admire the beautiful 22k gold Overseas oscillating weight decorated with a wind rose.
CHF 41’900.- www.vacheron-constantin.com
Launched back in 1990 and on the market up until 2003, the Calypso model remains to date Maurice Lacroix’s most successful timepiece. In order to pay a stylistic tribute to this brand icon, the Manufacture based in the village of Saignelégier launched in 2016 the Aikon collection. This 35mm ladies version presents a two-tone steel and gold aesthetic, and the brightness of its pearly dial is further enhanced through the delicate setting of diamond indexes.
CHF 1’040.- www.mauricelacroix.fr
The snow queen! This very feminine “Date” version of the Eliros collection displays a very pure yet slightly retro design. In this finishing, the bezel of the 30mm case is delicately set with nothing less than 60 Wesselton diamonds. The white dial is in perfect harmony with the white satin strap, which proudly features the famous “M” house signature. This timepiece has successfully managed to bring together all the codes of luxury…except the high price. A perfect excuse to impress and shine brightly during the end-of-year celebrations!
CHF 1’290.- www.mauricelacroix.fr
With the Emile Chouriet Ice Cliff model, we undoubtedly have here a watch of circumstance as it intends to pay tribute to the first achievements of Swiss mountaineers. This is immediately felt through the sharp design of the watch that reminds us of mountain rocks and glaciers. As for the dial, it clearly evokes a snowflake. The watch has a diameter of 40mm, is equipped with an automatic movement and is available in a choice of black-woven fibre or stainless steel bracelet as presented here. Ice Ice Baby!
CHF 1’120.- www.emilechouriet.ch
Is it really still necessary to present the “Connected”? Imagined by the exuberant Jean-Claude Biver, the watch is positioned as the Swiss-made alternative to the invasion of smart watches. Born out of a collaboration between TAG Heuer, Google and Intel, it offers absolutely all the functions one would normally expect to find on a connected watch operating on Androïd…with the “Swiss-engineered” touch on top. For instance, its 46mm titanium case is extremely well executed and deserves a special mention. The cherry on the cake? Two years after having bought the piece, you will be given the possibility to exchange it for a mechanical model.
CHF 1’490.- www.tagheuer.com
As we could easily have guessed, the Carrera model pays tribute to the racing car universe. But in this case, let’s be honest, car racing has become an extremely fashionable sport. Judge by yourself as you take a closer look at this Carrera Lady: a diamond-set bezel, a navy-blue dial providing perfect contrast with the faceted rose gold indexes as well as the rose gold hours and minutes hands, and finally a superb blue calf leather strap with quilted pattern. The outcome is a fiercely chic timepiece. An absolute must for this winter.
CHF 3’750.- www.tagheuer.com
“Blue is the new black”. Within Zenith, Christmas will be blue. Through its very minimalist design, the Elite collection breathes a vintage look whilst at the same time telling the beautiful story behind the Manufacture from the village of Le Locle. The profound elegance of the watch is enhanced on your wrist thanks to its extremely thin case and to its sunray blue dial featuring ultra thin indexes. Discretion, versatility and fine mechanics all come together in a perfect 42mm circle, which is brought to life by the Zenith automatic movement 6150.
CHF 6’900.- www.zenith-watches.com
El Primero Chronomaster
Launched back in 1969, the Zenith El Primero is nothing less than a true legend. The reason of its success is essentially to be found in the extreme precision of its movement 36’000, which has made of this timepiece the most precise chronograph in the world. This new edition displays a dark blue alligator bracelet as well as a blue dial. The three smaller sub-dials bring great contrast and readability through the usage of anthracite and white colour. A final little detail which we all adored is the red colour of the chronograph seconds hand…interpreted as a gentle nod to its car racing genes.
CHF 7’100.- www.zenith-watches.com
Artelier Date Diamonds
As one of the rare brands that has maintained complete independence since its founding in 1904, Oris continues to write new chapters of its impressive journey from the village of Hölstein, close to Basel. It is precisely there that the elegantly sophisticated Artelier Date Diamonds was designed and brought to life. This beauty queen features a fine size of only 28mm and is equipped with an automatic winding mechanical movement. Its silver dial reveals a guilloché decoration and is appropriately set with diamonds, just as its bezel.
CHF 3’100.- www.oris.com
Artelier Calibre 112
Even without the support of one of the big watchmaking groups, the Oris Manufacture still manages to develop impressive “in-house” movements, just as demonstrated here with the manually wound Calibre 112. You can judge by yourself: date window, Day/Night GMT indication and above all a 10-day power reserve!
CHF 6’300.- www.oris.com
Horlogical Smartwatch Notify
As one of the pioneering brands in the connected watch segment, Frederique Constant represents nonetheless a rather conservative vision of the smart watch. For the Geneva-based Manufacture, high-tech doesn’t necessarily mean digital display. Interesting information on your sleep or on your physical activity as well as phone calls and messages are all indicated on the dial through the usage of traditional watch hands. All in all, just like the ladies for whom it has been designed, this is a truly “multi-tasking” timepiece. The most sophisticated technology is housed in its small and both elegant and classic looking 34mm case. A perfect gift to accompany all of New Year’s good resolutions.
CHF 1’295.- www.frederiqueconstant.com
Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M “Deep Black” Master Chronometer
Just like all the models coming out of the Seamaster collection since 2005, this Planet Ocean timepiece displays the highest levels of horological excellence and is a certified Master Chronometer. As one could easily deduct from its name, the watch is water-resistant to an impressive depth of 600 meters. In the pitch black darkness of the deep sea, the SuperLuminova treatment of the hands and indexes would still enable you to calculate how much oxygen you have left…just in case you would want to give it a try. Quite impressive!
CHF 11’200.- www.omega.com
Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M Master Chronometer
As white as snow! With this timepiece, Omega has applied its huge knowhow in terms of diving watches to create a highly feminine 39,5mm Seamaster Planet Ocean “600 M”. Both the dial and the bezel are produced in polished white ceramic therefore providing great contrast for the Liquidmetal® (or Ceragold™) numbers and scaling. The water-resistant leather strap is just as white as the rest of the watch and has a comfortable anti-bacterial rubber underside. Let it snow!
CHF 7’500.- www.omega.com
Portofino Automatic 37
For now decades, the small Italian village of Portofino is the unmistakable rendezvous of the world’s jet set people. But since 1984, Portofino is also the name of one of IWC’s most chic collections. This luxurious Automatic 37 version does a great honour to its family name: its automatic movement offers a 42 hour power reserve, its dial is finely decorated with 12 precious stones and its light brown alligator strap bears the signature of Santoni. One thing is certain, the people from Schaffhausen have perfectly understood the definition of chic.
CHF 5’400.- www.iwc.com
Bijoux The Eye of Jewelry
Farah Monfaradi – Manchette amour
Born in Bahrein but living in Geneva since the year 2000, Farah Monfaradi is a master multi-tasker who excels in the usage of many different techniques: canvas, jewellery, flags, mirrors and even sculptures compose her portfolio. The artist’s Jewelery Art collection is a series of silver bracelets with 18k white, rose or yellow gold plating. Each bracelet has been shaped out of a different word: Amour, Love, Eternity, etc. Indeed, one single word can be perfectly sufficient to say “I love you”.
CHF 685.- www.theeyeofjewelry.com
BenGems Bague Spinel rose
Currently on display at the Pop Up exhibition “The Eye of Jewelery”, gemmologist Benjamin Mizrahi proposes an exclusive selection of his finest gems. The Genevan expert knows his stones down to the very last detail and advises his clients with enthusiasm and passion. In case you are looking for an original engagement ring to place under the Christmas tree…have a look at the “Spinelle” ring! It has been shaped out of 18k white gold to welcome in its centre an oval 1.67-carat spinel surrounded by 93 diamonds.
CHF 12’500.- www.theeyeofjewelry.com
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