photography by Jeff Harris Styling by Thom Driver| October 3, 2011 |
Watches & Jewelry
For the individual who enjoys standing out in a crowd, these watches from independent watchmakers feature high-tech movements and cases—toys of ultimate distinction.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Richard Mille Automatic RM029 ($70,000): Made of titanium with a titanium rotor, base plate, bridges and balance cock, and an oversize date. The skeletonization process of the caliber took more than 10 months to finalize. Swiss FineTiming Atelier Jewellers, 1915 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, 847-266-7900; swissfinetiming.com
Hautlence HLTi 1 ($44,300): A 43.5mm titanium-case watch with a honeycomb skeleton dial. It houses a handwound manufacture caliber with jumping hours and retrograde minutes via an extraordinary patented system. Limited edition of just 28 pieces.hautlence.com
Devon Tread 1 ($17,500): Crafted in stainless steel and featuring a patent-pending system of interwoven time belts that displays the hours, minutes and seconds. Four compact microstep motors drive the four belts via a lubricant-free pulley system. Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, 112 E. Oak St., 312-944-3100; genevaseal.com
MB&F Horological Machine 2 ($80,000): Crafted in 18k white gold, it is the first instantaneous jumping-hour watch with concentric retrograde minutes (right dial), retrograde date, bi-hemisphere moon phase (left dial) and automatic winding. The movement consists of 349 components, including 44 jewels. mbandf.com
The Power Players
There is nothing quite like a power-player watch, a sophisticated statement-maker that does certain jobs for you—and subtly suggests you have arrived.
CLOCKWISE FROM LOWER LEFT: IWC Portuguese Chronograph ($15,600): Mechanical chronograph self-winding movement with 44 hours of power reserve, in 18k rose gold with a black alligator strap. Stopwatch function with minutes and seconds, and a small hackings seconds feature. Marshall Pierce & Company, 29 E. Madison St., 312-372-2415; marshallpierce.com
Harry Winston Midnight Big Date ($30,700): In rose gold with a silver dial on an alligator strap. Features off-centered hours and minutes, and a twin-aperture big date at six o’clock. 55 E. Oak St., 312-705-1820; harrywinston.com
Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ChronoDate Annual Calendar ($42,000): Chronograph with big date at 12 o’clock, annual calendar, COSC certified chronometer chronograph and 18k rose-gold bracelet. Lester Lampert, 57 E. Oak St., 312-944-6888; lesterlampert.com
Ralph Lauren Sporting World Time ($26,000): In 18k rose gold on a black alligator strap, with dual time-zone capability and made of 305 components with 34 jewels. Special order, 750 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-1655; ralphlaurenwatches.com
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Multi-Time Zone ($39,300): An 18k rose-gold piece housing the 287-part Caliber 9909 MC and offering home time, travel time, day/night indications and the difference between the two selected time zones. 630 N. Michigan Ave., 312-266-7440; cartier.com
Retro appeal is important in a watch wardrobe—it offers a vintage look without the price tag of a rare antique watch. These pieces are all about a relaxed, comfortable fit for the weekend.
FROM LEFT: Baume & Mercier Hampton Men’s ($3,450): Crafted in stainless steel with sub-seconds at six o’clock and date indication. Marshall Pierce & Company, 29 E. Madison St., 312-372-2415;marshallpierce.com
TechnoMarine Cruise Original Star 45mm ($550): A chronograph in a rose-gold PVD case and bezel with a transparent case cover and chocolate-brown silicone strap. New York Jewelers, 11 N. Wabash Ave., 312-855-4999; nyjchicago.com
TW Steel CEO Tonneau ($897): Stainless steel and rose-gold-plated chronograph with an OS25 movement accurate up to 1/20th of a second. Swiss FineTiming Atelier Jewellers, 645 N. Michigan Ave., 312-337-4700; swissfinetiming.com
Invicta S1 Touring Chrono ($995): Crafted in stainless steel with a carbon fiber dial, date display and Tritnite luminous hands. Water-resistant to 100 meters. Tourneau,Water Tower Place, 312- 266-7600; tourneau.com
Hamilton Jazzmaster Tonneau Chrono ($795): With a quartz caliber, this piece is made of stainless steel and has a brown leather strap.Tourneau, see above
Whether it’s watersports, aviation or grand prix auto, no watch wardrobe is complete without an accompanying timepiece.
FROM LEFT: Ulysse Nardin Black Sea ($9,900): Crafted in steel with matte-black rubber. The 45.8mm case houses the UN-26 self-winding movement and is water-resistant to 200 meters. Burdeen’s Jewelry, 1148W. Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove, 847-459-8980; burdeens.com
Breitling Chrono-Matic Blacksteel ($9,130): Created in a limited edition of 2,000 pieces in black steel, this timepiece has a carbonbased treatment, a red rubber molded rotating bezel and an Ocean Racer perforated rubber strap. It also features a tachymeter ring. Marshall Pierce & Company, 335 N. Michigan Ave., 312-782-4403; marshallpierce.com
Franck Muller Conquistador Grand Prix Chronograph Automatic ($22,000): Houses the FM 7000 movement with 228 parts. The black titanium and red ergal watch offers chronograph functions, 48 hours of power reserve and is water-resistant to 10 atmospheres (330 feet). Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, 112 E. Oak St., 312-944-3100; genevaseal.com
OfficinePanerai Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica 45mm ($15,500): Made of high-tech ceramic, this model houses the hand-wound Panerai P2002/3 caliber with KIF Parechoc antishock device. It offers an eight-day linear power reserve indicator. Swiss FineTiming Atelier Jewellers, 645 N. Michigan Ave., 312-337-4700; swissfinetiming.com
Certain watch brands are sound investments whose regular appearances at auctions are validation of their icons status. These pieces will never lose their value.
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.5mm ($7,600): Crafted in grade-5 titanium with ceramic and Liquidmetal bezel, and water-resistant to 600 meters. It houses the Omega Co-Axial calibre 8500, a self-winding COSCcertified chronometer with a silicon balance spring. The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago, 909 N. Michigan Ave., 312-291-9412; omegawatches.com
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar Boutique New York ($62,000): Created to celebrate the brand’s first boutique in the US, it houses the Calibre 1136 QP movement and features the colors of the American flag. vacheron-constantin.com Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A ($25,400): Forged from steel with an in-house mechanical movement, powered by an extra-heavy 21k gold central rotor. Razny Jewelers, 1501 W. Lake St., Addison, 630-932-4900; razny.com
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A ($25,400): Forged from steel with an in-house mechanical movement, powered by an extra-heavy 21k gold central rotor. Razny Jewelers, 1501 W. Lake St., Addison, 630-932-4900; razny.com
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ($14,000): Self-winding watch crafted in stainless steel case with bracelet. Swiss FineTiming Atelier Jewellers, 645 N. Michigan Ave.,312-337-4700; swissfinetiming.com
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date ($8,000): A COSC-certified chronometer that is made of steel, is pressure-proof and is water-resistant up to 1,000 feet. Rolex presented by TWC Michigan Avenue, 636 N. Michigan Ave., 312-951-1041; rolex.com