Cover Photo: Roger Dubuis

This month's picks involve Bulgari and Ducati locking gears, while Gucci uses upcycled steel to make time sustainable

Roger Dubuis

Japanese artist Hijame Sorayama has reimagined Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur Monobalancier by infusing it with his signature aesthetic. The artist adds a motif of his trademark metallic robots to the titanium watch case and movement. He has added a sculpted, mirror- polished effect to the maison’s signature star-shaped bridge, breaking the brand’s design codes. The Swiss watchmaker, meanwhile, has optimised the performance of the timepiece by increasing the power reserve to 72 hours, minimising the vibrations of the micro- rotor and doubling up on the balance wheel inertia.

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Bulgari

The watchmaking division of Bulgari has locked gears with the Italian motorcycle giant Ducati for its all-new Aluminium Chronograph. The 40mm dial displays three sporty counters together with a window for the date. The counters closely resemble a Ducati motorbike dashboard, while the chronograph function has been chosen to put speed at the crux of the timepiece. The watch is water-resistant down to 100m and is limited to 1,000 pieces—the race is on for sports enthusiasts the world over wanting to get their hands on this one. 

Gucci

The new Gucci Dive collection is fashioned with bio-based materials and upcycled steel, taking a step forward in making time environmentally conscious yet sporty. The 40mm timepieces are run by Swiss-made automatic movements that are visible within the transparent dial and caseback. Quirky Gucci accents replace the hour markers, while the hour and minute hands are coated with luminous Super-Luminova pigments.

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Audemars Piguet

The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is back, and this year, Audemars Piguet has introduced its latest version in a shade of intense blue. The monotone 41mm case and bracelet are satin-brushed with the signature hand-finish of the skilled Le Brassus artisans. The timepiece turns up the heat (quite literally), as the ceramic can only acquire this colour at a temperature of 1,400 degrees Celsius. Beating within the watch is the self-winding calibre 5134. It continues the legacy of its predecessors with the soothing blue dial displaying the lunar cycle, month, week, day, date, hour and minute. Not even leap years confuse the all-knowing Perpetual Calendar—as long as the watch is wound regularly, it will run until the year 2100 without a hitch.

 

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