Sharp for Men, a Canadian mens magazine, ran a recent photo spread with some lovely models sporting seven of the most exclusive luxury Swiss timepieces. Five of the watches are listed here at Luxury Bazaar, so I’ve featured them below:
Hautlence HL Ti Pocket Watch
This avant-garde interpretation of the classic pocket watch is courtesy of Swiss brand Hautlence. It features two modern complications. The first is a jump hour, which uses a disk with an aperture to view the hour on the left side. The second is a retrograde to show the minutes, shown on the right side. Then a small subdial displays the seconds at the bottom. The skeleton dial is made of rhodium (a rare silvery-white element, similar to platinum), featuring their signature honeycomb pattern. The pocket watch the model is holding has a titanium case. The HL wristwatch version below features a rose gold case. While Luxury Bazaar doesn’t carry the pocket watch version, make sure to check out the rest of the Hautlence HL collection.
Harry Winston Opus Eleven Watch
The Opus Eleven Watch is part of a numbered series of collaborative timepieces, which have gathered some of the most talented watchmakers to create for each one. This remarkable piece took over 14,400 hours to engineer alone. Using an complex system of gears and disks, the dial ‘explodes’ then reforms to display the time. This watch truly has to be seen in action to believe, Check out the video in my full Opus Eleven Watch post.
Hublot “Key of Time” watch
The “Key of Time” is impressive novelty piece from Hublot’s 2011 Masterpiece Collection. The name comes from the watch’s time-travelling ability, through 3 speed settings. For instance, you’re in a boring meeting and you can speed up the time or if it’s happy hour, you can slow it down. Of course this is just for fun, with the ingenious engineers also giving this watch the ability to return to the correct time, though its “mechanical memory”. For more on this mysterious watch, check it out in my post Exotic Luxury Watches for 2011 – Part 2.
Urwerk UR-110 Torpedo Watch
This unique design from Urwerk gets the “Torpedo” nickname from its 3 torpedo-shaped hands, with use rotating blocks to display the hours. A retrograde is then used for the minutes on the right side. Another torpedo-inspired aspect is the use of “twin turbine” rotors to minimize friction from the automatic winding. Being a lefty, I’m sad to say that this is a right-handed only watch, with its design fitted to display the time above the cuff of the wearer’s left wrist. To check out the UR-110 and other Urwerk watches, click here. For a video and more details of this watch, check it out in my post Exotic Luxury Watches for 2011 - Part 1.
Another interesting piece featured from Urwerk was the UR-103. Its design, while inspired by ancient sundials, features ultra-modern craftsmanship to produce. To display the time, it uses four rotating satellites, spinning off a central carousel, powered by a planetary gear system. Each satellite displays 3 different hours each, with the hour being displayed passing along the minute counter at the bottom of the dial. The satellites are made of titanium, with the case made from rose gold. For night visibility, the numbers are coated with Super-Luminova. Check the UR-103 at Luxury Bazaar.
For the rest of the photos, check out the full post at Sharp for Men. In case you’re still at the office or at a coffee shop, please note there are some NSFW images.
And for another watch post that includes some lovely models, check out my post: 18 sexy female celebs who love the Chanel J12 watch.