Hot Superwatches

by Time&Style Staff

SPW-1-textIt is no overstatement to suggest that what you are about to view is one of the greatest collections of superwatches ever assembled for a single photo shoot. Getting them all in the same room was the equivalent of a sports lover being invited to kick back with Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher and Tom Brady. Each of these timepieces possesses all the qualities of a top athlete: speed, endurance, power and great engineering.

1

Harry Winston Opus Eleven

The movement of the Harry Winston Opus Eleven took 14,400 hours to engineer — “and that,” comments brand CEO Frederic de Narp, “is the essence of extreme luxury.” It works by deconstructing and then reassembling time every hour: 24 placards revolve and rotate on a complex system of gears that work in unison to reformulate the time. Minutes are shown on a double disk system that, like the balance wheel, protrudes from the case side in its own orbit.

Price: $229,000

2

MB&F HM2

The MB&F HM2’s front plate is made of a single massive sapphire crystal that takes 55 hours to carve. A green gasket separates it from the caseback, made of black PVD coated titanium, and a 22k gold rotor on the back is green PVD-coated to match. The movement, by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, using a Girard-Perregaux base, is the world’s first to offer instantaneous jumping hour, concentric retrograde minutes, retrograde date, bi-hemisphere moon phase and automatic winding. It is a masterpiece of high-tech simplicity that makes us wonder why we ever told time in the conventional way.

Price: $110,000

3

Urwerk 110 Torpedo

Aesthetically speaking, the Urwerk 110 Torpedo takes a German U-Boat approach to timekeeping. A planetary gearing system activates three “torpedo” satellites that synchronize to manoeuvre the 3D angles of a multi-level dial to indicate the time. The case is titanium, and the dial features a seconds subdial and an “oil-change” indicator, reminding the wearer when it’s time for servicing.

Price: $87,000

5

Hublot Key of Time

The concept behind the Hublot Key of Time is simple, and wonderfully arrogant: it allows the wearer to master time. The movement incorporates a mechanism that can either accelerate or suspend time at the push of a button — the idea being that happy moments (i.e., happy hour) are suspended, and unhappy moments (i.e., meetings with your accountant) can be curtailed. It’s an illusion, of course (another pushbutton returns the hands to real time) but when you’re wearing a super watch, it seems fitting that you should assume super-human powers, too.

Price: $260,000

Photorapher: Michael David Adams