Watch fans will be looking forward to this weekend’s “Masters of Time X” event, DFS Group’s tenth-anniversary edition of its premier watch and jewellery exhibition, bringing together the best in horology and high jewellery. The exhibition offers over 450 exceptional, exclusive watches, and is well worth the ferry ride over to Macau.
Of the exhibition’s main themes, “Lifestyle – Sporty Chic” and “Cocktail Dress Watches” are likely to be two of the most anticipated. If a weekend in “Asia’s Las Vegas” isn’t on the cards for you, here’s a sneak peek at some of the highlights within these two categories:
Lifestyle – Sporty Chic
One would expect fun, simple designs in this category, but maisons such as Montblanc, Vacheron Constantin, IWC and Blancpain are taking it to the next level with timepieces inspired by historical design, which can be worn in casual and formal occasions alike.
Montblanc’s 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition (100 pieces) is a tribute to the Minerva chronographs of the 1930s, with a bronze alloy case that will develop a patina over time for an aged, vintage look.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 is influenced by the historical Triple Calendrier ref. 4240 but absolutely relevant for the contemporary wearer. The retro claw lugs and triple gadroon bezel profile are a reference to the older model but have a modern-day appeal that is refreshingly charming. Hallmarks of Vacheron Constantin’s eccentricity, such as the Maltese motif, are also found on the crown and full-steel pin buckle.
The IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” is a nod to the Pallweber watches of the 1880s. By showing the hours and minutes through rotating discs instead of the traditional watch hands, this “digital watch” contends with the comparatively sterile tech-giant watches of today.
Blancpain, founded in 1735, brings us the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet Phase de Lune, which shows the traditional complete calendar on a moon-phase display. The Fifty Fathoms model was designed over 50 years ago, with the purpose of creating a watch for divers.
Cocktail Dress Watches
Amid the high-carat bling of the jewellery watches usually seen in this category are a few surprises.
Piaget offers two extraordinary timepieces this year: the Piaget Altiplano Malachite Marquetry Tourbillon and the Piaget Rose. The iconic Altiplano collection, Piaget’s commitment to record-thin watches, now boasts the Malachite Marquetry Tourbillon which radiates a vibrant green on the dial.
This is not the first time Piaget has featured malachite, but the dial is particularly noteworthy here: it features the marquetry of Hervé Obligi, Maître d’Art, and gives us the finest example of artisanal creativity.
The Piaget Rose, or emblem flower, is also a stunning choice for this category, crafted with 80 petals on wood marquetry.
Finally, the Excalibur 42 line by Roger Dubuis tells us “more is more”, uncompromising in its size and refuting the stereotypical feminine form. One variant has been specially designed for DFS with the small seconds hand removed.
The “Masters of Time X” gala will take place from December 7 to 9, at T Galleria by DFS in Macau, Shoppes at Four Seasons.