Wisdom Minute Repeater Watch By Emile Chouriet Is Designed For The Purist

The second design creation by Emile Chouriet under its Wisdom Collection series is a minute repeater that uses sounds of its gongs to indicate time. The case measures 45 mm in diameter and made out of 18 karat pink gold. The flared lugs give that old vintage look.

The dial is made of of two layers, a pink gold frame over a handmade enameled painting. The painting is a portrait of Francois Dagobert Depery, an 18th century watchmaker from Geneva. The watch is powered by a Calibre EC720 hand-winding movement. There’s information printed on the dial which gives readers immediate information about the watch and its complications.

This watch is definitely designed for the purist. Normal layman will not be able to comprehend the exquisite movement, its capabilities as well as what it represents to the world of horology. Unfortunately, the value is way above the affordability of many watch nerds.

I bet this Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer would look better with a marble dial

Ulysse Nardin contribution to Only Watch 2013 is a Marine Chronometer Manufacture Only Watch featuring a handcrafted enamel dial produced by Donzé Cadrans, a world-recognized enamel dial specialist and a member of the Ulysse Nardin group of companies. The snow-white dial is offset by black Roman numerals and accents of cherry red. The rose gold beveled case measures 43mm in diameter. Inside is the UN-118 automatic movement conceived and executed entirely in-house that features a 60-hour power reserve and corresponding indicator on the dial. An oversized small seconds register is combined with a date display at six o’clock. The watch is delivered on a black leather strap with folding gold buckle.

I believe this watch would be more stunning using an opal or marble dial.

If you are looking for a thin mechanical watch, look no further than the Altiplano series by Piaget

The Altiplano collection has been a mainstay of Piaget’s range for decades, and extreme thinness is its call to fame. The famous 9P and 12P movements Piaget are legands in their own right. The hand-wound 9P calibre was a technological revolution right from its creation in 1957. Three years later, in 1960, the launch of the 12P, the thinnest self-winding movement in the world made Piaget the undisputed champion of ultra-thin movements.

The Altiplano Skeleton (see top) housed the word’s thinnest skeleton movement at just 2.4mm. The skeleton movement allows an unobstructed view of the many intricacies inherent in the mechanism. The off-centre platinum micro-rotor is another Piaget innovation. Below is a picture that shows how thin this watch is.

Apart from the Skeleton, other designs are available. This next one is my favorite.

For a classic dress watch, the Piaget Altiplano Date 40mm is a must.

Overall, a set of designs that will continue to be the core of Piaget’s collection.

Patek Philippe designated Reference 5980/1AR-001 Nautilus versus my dream Nautilus

Every watch collector has a Holy Grail, the watch to cap his or her collection. For me, the Patek Philippe Nautilus is my Holy Grail.

Recently, Patek Philippe released this model, designated Reference 5980/1AR-001, the first in the revamped Nautilus family to combine stainless steel and rose gold, with gold used for the bezel, screw-down crown, and chronograph pushers. The bracelet has both steel and gold links.

The case is 40.5 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 120 meters. Gold, treated with luminescent coating, is also used for the hour markers on the blue gradient dial. The dial has a date window at 3 o’clock and a chronograph subdial at 6 o’clock that tallies both minutes (up to 60) and hours (up to 12), while the central chronograph hand sweeps around the dial.

The movement, which can be seen through a sapphire window in the caseback, is Patek Philippe’s Caliber CH 28-520 C, an automatic movement powering a date indicator and chronograph function. It is 30 mm in diameter and 6.63 mm thick, with 327 parts total, including 35 jewels and 13 bridges. Its Gyromax balance oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vph (4 Hz).

Personally, this is not the model under the Nautilus series that I dream of. A full stainless steel or titanium construction without the gold would be my thing. Exchanging the chronograph complication with a power reserve indicator and substituting the gold bezel for a ceramic one plus retaining the blue dial would make a model of Nautilus that I would die for.

So Patek Philippe, can you make one based on my specification?

Chronoswiss the Three Apes – a very nice piece of art

“The Three Apes” with reference CH-6721R-OW2013, is a piece of art dedicated to the traditional crafts of guilloche main, skeletonization and fire enamel.

The casing is a solid 21-part case in red gold (18-karat). It is polished with a width of 44 mm and a height of 11.10 mm. Covering the dial is sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The crown is typical of a number of Chronoswiss previous offerings, solid onion-shaped. Meanwhile, screw-in back with sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating allows you to see the movement in the watch. Water-resistant to 3 atmospheres.

The unique thing about this piece of art is the incorporation of various demanding techniques in one watch. The dial of the watch is lavishly decorated with guilloché main and topped with a transparent fire enamel. The three apes featured on the dial are a symbol of denial.

Using the ETA 6498, manually wound, 17 jewels, 40-hour power reserve as a base, Chronoswiss lavishly decorated and later embellished it with guilloché décor. All this made purely by hand.

Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Asteroid Watch – wow

Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Asteroid watch has a stone piece from a meteorite that came off of an asteroid.

The stone is set along with an image of a meteorite falling on Earth.

It features a 47mm diameter case made of 18k white gold with Bezel and lugs set with 56 diamonds. It has hand winding movement. Caseback secured with six screws, engraved with individual number and Louis Moinet markings. It has a power reserve of 72 hours and water-resistance is up to 30m.

It uses a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap. The buckle is 18k red gold folding clasp with the Louis Moinet emblem. Again the only one in existence.

Some report states that if you want to get all four of the “rock-from-space” watches i.e.
– Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Mars Watch
– Louis Moinet Meteoris Rosetta Stone Watch
– Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Moon Watch
– Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Asteroid Watch

be prepared to pay USD 4.9 million!!! Ouch!

Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Moon Watch – Only one available for sale

The Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Moon watch has a fragment of the Dhofar 459 meteorite which fell from the moon to the earth thousands of years ago.

It features a 47mm diameter case made of 18k white gold with Bezel and lugs set with 56 diamonds and a highly visible main spring.

It has hand winding movement. Caseback secured with six screws, engraved with individual number and Louis Moinet markings. It has a power reserve of 72 hours and is water-resistance up to 30m. It has a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap which is the same as the Louis Moinet Meteoris Rosetta Stone watch. The buckle features a 18k red gold folding clasp engraved with the Louis Moinet emblem.

Like other “rock-from-space” material based watches from Louis Moinet, this is the only piece available.