The Ultimate Accessory

by Carol Besler

An Intimate Encounter With Five Super Watches

Roger Dubuis Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon

The movement, which has 319 components, is skeletonized, and took 1,200 hours to manufacture.  It has a 48-hour power reserve. $288,000


Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet Tourbillon Large Date

This hand-wound watch has a large date display and tourbillon with small seconds at 6 o’clock. An 18K white gold case contains a silvered dial with Roman numerals, while the rectangular movement features a variable inertia balance wheel with adjustment screws. $275,000


The Breguet Classique Complication

This open-worked, engraved, hand-wound movement in pink gold boasts a tourbillon and perpetual calendar, showing the day, date, month and leap years. Small seconds are shown on the tourbillon shaft. It is water resistant to 30 metres and has a 50-hour power reserve. $291,000


Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon Magistral

Functions of this pink gold timepiece include a tourbillon, power reserve indicator, instant calendar, small seconds on the tourbillon and hour strike “au passage” — a type of minute repeater that sounds a gong at the passage of the hour. $425,000


Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Regulator

Featuring a hand-wound mechanical movement with a 45-hour power reserve, time is displayed against a Clou de Paris guilloché dial, indicating hours on a subdial at 12 o’clock, minutes on a central regulator display and small seconds on the tourbillon cage. $250,000