Bvlgari Gerald Genta Magsonic Grande Sonnerie watch – a piece of design art

Magsonic Grande Sonnerie watch is a limited edition of 10 pieces. Each piece takes around a year to make! The case of the watch is made up of titanium and the diameter is 46 mm. The watch a minute repeater. The Grande Sonnerie has two power reserves: one for the watch and the other one for the sonnerie. The watch has manually wound movement comprising of 850 parts and also has a tourbillon.

To make an automatic watch make a sound takes a lot of engineering power to design it. Compared to a digital watch, it would seem to be a waste of time and effort to make such a watch when using just IC chips, you can make a digital watch make amazing sounds. That argument is valid if you are looking at it from a point of view of a tool but from a point of view of a piece of engineering art, this watch reigns supreme.

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Richard Mille RM 033 Watch – simple and classy

Richard Mille RM033 has a skeletonised automated winding movement with a diameter of 33 mm and thickness of 2.60 mm with a power reserve of 42 hours. It has 29 jewels beating at 3 Hz. The case measures 45.70 mm by 6.30 mm and is water resistant to 30 m. T

I do believe that this is one of the few Richard Mille that is simple in design without any major complications. It is also the best Richard Mille in my view.

De Bethune DB28 Aiguille d’Or watch – from out of this world

De Bethune DB28 Aiguille d’Or watch is a limited edition watch. The dial is partially exposed skeleton of the core movement that uses DB2115 Calibre with 2 barrels. The case is made up high grade titanium and has a diameter of 42.6mm. With 29 jewels, the movement beats at 28,000 vph. The watch has a power reserve of 120-hours when fully wound.

Very futuristic for my liking. I do like the 12 o’clock placement for the crown.

Vianney Halter Antiqua Perpetual Calendar Watch – complicated engineering piece

“The Future from the past”; as quoted by Vianney Halter regarding this watch. Due to the unique portholes in its design, it’s also called as Captain Nemo’s Watch. A perpetual calendar has been incorporated into this watch.
The 4 dials:
•The Upper Dial: To show the time
-Mini Dial: The Date
•Upper left dial
-Displays the day i.e. Monday (M), Tuesday (T), Wednesday (W), Thursday (T) etc.
•Lower Left Dial:
-Displays the month i.e. Jan (J), Feb (F), March (M) etc.

An automated caliber VH198 with 43 jewels runs this watch. The power reserve is approx 60 hours. The sapphire glass supports the 40 mm diameter round case. The crown is made up of 24 gold rivets.

This watch has so many stuff on the face that it gets confusing. I can appreciate the level of intricacies of manufacturing but visually, not appealing to me.

Franc Vila All Black Cobra Chronograph Watch – fat looking piece

Franc Villa’s black & blue special edition timepiece is tailor-made for extreme sports especially intense water sports. This watch is water resistant up to 300 meters. The figure 8 shape dial is unique. The crystal and case back are is sapphire with anti-glare protection. It has a chronograph pusher at 2 o’clock and  a reset pusher at 4 o’clock along with subsidiary dials at 6 o’clock (minutes), 3 o’clock(seconds) and 9 o’clock (hours).  Power reserve of up to 42 hours.

A very showy watch. I don’t think I can carry it well. Moreover, it looks too fat to me.

Rebellion REB-7 Skeleton Regulator Watch – a character from Transformers perhaps?

This watch is huge – 46 mm X 56.7 mm X 19.6 mm. Sapphire crystals adorn compound curves, skewed edges & anti-reflection coating. Swiss-made automated winding regulator movement has 42 hour power reserve and is water resistant up to 100 m.

Visually looks like a character in Transformers – I like!

Bulgari Endurer Chronosprint Special Edition All Blacks Watch – lovely piece

A collaboration between Bulgari and the All Blacks Rugby team of New Zealand. Designed by Daniel Roth. A Maori Tatoo called Koru is featured on the dial that symbolises the Maori culture and its continuous regeneration. This watch is equipped with DR 1306 caliber mechanical movement with automated winding. This movement has 45 hours power reserve, water resistant up to 100m, 28,800 Vph and 27 jewels. A 1905 All Blacks logo glows in the transparent back of the 56mm steel case treated with black DLC.

The All Blacks is my favorite rugby team. This watch truly reflects its character – the black DLC case and the Maori symbol. Pity its a limited edition piece.