As the season of Christmas draws upon us, The Hour Glass puts together a specially handpicked collection of timepieces for Him and for Her.
Christmas in the tropics inspire wanderlust; as the year draws to closure, it is the most opportune time to venture out for a mini-getaway, a joint adventure with loved ones, or simply to reward oneself for the year of well-deserved undertakings. The choice wrist companion to savour and remember these wonderful moments is a trusty gentleman GMT travel watch, allowing one to keep tab of both home and local times, and an elegant ladies diamond-set timepiece for a dazzlingly merry party. After all, the luxury of Christmas holidays is Time – the ability to take time off, to spend time with loved ones, the rare moments where time appears to have slowed down for the traveller to be thankful for the year’s tidings while keeping hopeful for the new year’s unknown possibilities.
FOR HIM: He embarks on the Christmas travel escapade with time on his side. The mister makes a well-informed choice to wear a GMT watch for its functional and practical virtues. Whether it is a sporty version of the GMT watch or classical and elegant timepiece; the array of choices are fitting to the gentlemen with various interests and travel destinations.
Hublot: King Power Unico GMT
Armed with a commanding and powerful aesthetics, the King Power Unico GMT is the epitome of bold style and confidence.
Watch fans of Hublot will enjoy the union of the iconic Unico manufacture chronograph movement with the GMT function, entirely developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot. The main technical feature of this GMT complication is that it gives ghe time in the different time zones using an expert set of 4 rotating aluminium discs. They are controlled by a push-button housed in the case middle at 2 o’clock which allows the discs to be simultaneously positioned, allowing the time in the city, selected from the 14 available, to be instantly and directly read.
With an elegant, practical and functional design, the King Power Unico GMT has a 48mm dial in ceramic features a dial which is easy to read despite the wealth of indications it contains, and which allows the beautiful mechanics of the calibre to be admired. The all-black stealth aesthetics is contrasted with the red accents indicators on the watch dial – giving a pop of vivacity to this cool timepiece.
Ulysse Nardin: Dual Time Manufacture
Ultra-classic, intelligent, supremely functional. This GMT watch features an in-house designed movement featuring the innovative use of Silicium technology in the movement. The elegant and clean dial beguiles the wonderfully smart technical features proprietary to Ulysse Nardin. The patented Dual Time system allows for instantaneous adjustment of the hours hand to a different time zone via the “plus” and “minus” pushers at the 8 and 10 o’clock positions of the watch. The large date display also allows forward and backward adjustment – an incredible feature unique to Ulysse Nardin.
It can be easy to lose track of time when one travels. With the “plus” and “minus” pushers to adjust the hour hand, the wearer no longer worries about time-setting at any time, and at any date. No hassle and extremely easy to use, the Dual Time Manufacture proves that the combination of smart design and simple elegance can be a perfect union.
Parmigiani: Tonda Hémisphères
Those who love understated sophistication and attention to details, are inclined to favour the Tonda Hémisphères. The Tonda Hémisphères is the ultimate traveller’s timepiece. With its two time zones, it allows any two locations to be paired, and correct to the nearest minute. This timepiece achieves perfect synchronisation with the local time thanks to its ingenious mechanism which incorporates two independent movements, a motor and a follower. On this model, the calibre PF377 is controlled by two independent crowns: one to wind the movement and adjust the date and the main time; the other, positioned above, to adjust the minutes of the small time zone.
A watch that combines functionality and poetry. It measures the time in relation to experience and offers extreme precision while leaving plenty of space for the imagination.
Girard-Perregaux: Traveller WW.TC
A frequent jetsetter no stranger to new countries and cultures will be attracted by the endless possibilities of the Traveller WW.TC. This Girard-Perregaux world-timer that allows a clever display of the time all over the world at a glance. Its “world times” function displays time in all 24 time zones into which the planet is divided. Each zone is represented on the flange on the dial by the name of a major city located within it. The time can then be read by means of a rotating ring placed on the dial’s inner edge.
The elegant pink gold 44 mm diameter case contains 30 different elements. With its alternating polished and satin-finished surfaces creating an interplay of reflections, it has the flowing lines and balanced volume worthy of a Haute Horlogerie timepiece. The lugs are particularly elongated before narrowing out markedly at their ends to ensure optimum comfort.
FOR HER: A Christmas celebration is the occasion of giving. Without a doubt, gems and diamonds remain one of the ladies’ top wish-list and objects of desire. Elevating the mood and look of the wearer, diamonds are coveted and an absolute visual treat and delight. Iridescently eye-catching and mesmerizing – just as the wearer is.
Hublot: Classic Fusion King Gold Full Pavé
Dressed in a prismatic array of diamonds, this Classic Fusion is a prerogative for jewellery lover. It is exquisitely encrusted with a total of 953 diamonds on the case, bezel and dial – a breathtaking vision to behold and akin to a haute joaillierie to adorn on the wrist. The 41mm king gold case exhibits an assured poise that makes the lady feel treasured.
Like watchmaking, the art of stone setting is an ancestral one, demanding meticulous handwork preserved and passed down through the centuries. Hublot practices traditional stone setting techniques as well as advanced technology to embellish this coveted timepiece in the most original way.
Ulysse Nardin: Jade
Ulysse Nardin is one of the rare watch manufactures proud to proclaim their dedication to create authentic and credible mechanical timepieces for the ladies: all of the ladies collection are 100% mechanical timepieces. Jade goes one step further: never before has Ulysse Nardin designed and produced an in-house movement exclusively for a ladies collection. Unique in its concept, Jade is designed and built specially for the ladies habits and lifestyle – it does not call for pushing or pulling of the crown to set the date and time.
Drawing on the inventive spirit of Ulysse Nardin, silicium technology is used in the development of the base calibre, escapement wheels and Swiss anchor. A technologically advanced material, silicium was first brought to the forefront of haute horology by Ulysse Nardin with the unveiling of the revolutionary Freak timepiece. A match made in horological paradise, the Jade features a white mother-of-pearl dial set with 78 diamonds in rose gold case; a marriage of stunning aesthetics with an independent watchmaking spirit.
Parmigiani: Tonda 1950 Clarity
When the elegance of the Tonda 1950 combines with the charm of a fully stone-set dial, magic follows. Nevertheless, remaining faithful to its iconoclastic approach, Parmigiani Fleurier has amplified the very real yet somewhat static beauty of diamonds. The Manufacture has breathed life into these divine stones by arranging them in a stunning mosaic.
Five different sizes were chosen for the round diamonds that adorn the dial. Their dimensions and position are the result of meticulous calculation. There is no sense of repetition on this extraordinary piece, nor of an artificial or soulless setting. Instead, each diamond has been carefully considered in order to play its part in a spectacular ensemble, in which the dial appears domed thanks to a beguiling trompe l’œil effect. This complex and intensely vibrant structural concept is yet another example of Parmigiani Fleurier’s innovative might. 620 diamonds were used to decorate the dial, and 84 diamonds for the bezel.
The Tonda 1950 Clarity in white gold also takes on an ultra-feminine look when paired with a stamped mother of pearl calfskin strap.
Girard-Perregaux: Cat’s Eye Jewellery
A myriad of diamonds clothes the Cat’s Eye in light, accentuating the curves of its silhouette. The seductive Cat’s Eye Jewellery entices in full-bloom effect of a diamond-encrusted dial with two lotus motifs beautifully set on the watch face. Draped in 418 diamonds in white gold case, the Cat’s Eye Jewellery is truly a delicate work of art, showcasing the combination of watchmaking and haute joaillerie by Girard-Perregaux.
Tailored for the lady who knows no limit for luxury and elegance, she pursues the great masterpieces of fine jewellery timepieces that makes time-telling ever more dazzling.
The Hour Glass is the official retailer of the above fine timepieces.