Bold, masculine timepieces attain a new level of covetability when they’re crafted from gold…
Even in the highly competitive world of watchmakers, Ateliers deMonaco stands out for its eye-catching yet refined designs. This holds true for the Tourbillon Répétition Minute, seen here in the Carré d’Or Squellete model in 18k rose gold. The movement on the watch is entirely hand-engraved, while 18k gold weights act as regulators for the Grand Tourbillon, a proprietary technical achievement that was made inhouse.As with all deMonaco watches, the back gets the threedimensional engraving the company has made a signature aspect of its timepieces. Seeing one will be a rare occasion, as the Carré d’Or Squellete is limited to just eight pieces globally. ■
BELL & ROSS
The Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Rose Gold is a stunning example of engineering brilliance. Consisting of 282 precision-crafted components, this chronograph is housed in a case of 18K rose gold and has 35 jewels in its movement. The rubber-and-alligator leather strap offers functionality and style, while the flying tourbillon, found at 6 o’clock on the face, ensures precise timing and mechanics. At a price of US$188,000, it’s just as much an investment as a luxury item, but unlike your 401(k) or a piece of artwork, the BR-X1 Tourbillon offers as much style as substance.
The Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Full Magic Gold is attention-grabbing from a distance and mesmerising up close, with its face allowing a look at the internal mechanisms that operate this wrist-bound stunner. Enveloped in a case of polished Magic Gold, with an inner casing of sapphire crystal, and black-plated titanium screws for the accents, the Meca-10 is refined enough for the office and bold enough for a night on the town. With a 10-day power reserve, one needn’t worry about constantly winding the mechanical mechanisms, and a black structured rubber strap ensures comfort and durability without sacrificing any sense of luxury. With only 200 units being produced, it’s not only beautiful and functional, it’s a collectors’ item — a comparatively affordable one at US$34,600.
By KEITH GORDON
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