These watches are not designed to just look at him time. It is a work of art and a masterpiece of engineering.
To see what time it is, there are the usual hours. Among watchmakers around the world they are called «tool watch» - Watch tool, or «watch watch» - the clock-watch. Watches, about which we will cover in this article - "kinetic sculptures" best masters of their craft. They are bought by connoisseurs, in spite of the price space, and carefully preserved in their collections.
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Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage
Model Zenith Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage is dedicated to the great Christopher Columbus to the shores of this American continent.
All the details of decoration clock made and painted by hand. At six o'clock position on both sides favor a glass bowl with a tourbillon.
Swiss movement with manual winding consists of 939 parts, the strap is made of alligator skin with a triple folding clasp in 18-carat pink gold.
The release is limited to ten copies.
Geo.Graham Tourbillon Orrery
Solar system on the one hand conceived Isaac Newton, George Graham as early as 1713. On the anniversary of the scheme and were released Tourbillon Orrery.
At the center of the dial tourbillon is located in the middle of the diamond that shines - this is the sun. Around him the planets move: sapphire Earth with his companion rhodium moon and Mars ruby. Moving time precious "planets" in orbit hours equal to the real turnover of around the sun.
Counter years on the back of the clock indicates the correction for the planets (the Moon for 7 years for the Earth 1156 years and 25 years for Mars). The watch has a dial and zodiacal calendar that will perform well for 300 years.
The model is only available to collectors.
The cost - about $ 350 000.
Jacob & Co. Epic SF24
Non-standard indicator of time zones - "superstructure" above the dial - is very different reactions among connoisseurs: from admiration to resentment. It is similar to a bulletin board at the airport, the city and displays the difference in hours. Cities are changing by pressing the button to the left, making a total 24. This option is ideal for those who travel a lot.
There are versions in white and pink gold, high-tech titanium. Power reserve 40 hours.
Cost - from $ 80,000 to $ 100,000 (depending on the body).
Italo Fontana wanted to return a little bit of the sublime in our society and created a minimalist model of hours, as it should have been in the XVI century, a chain attached to the pants. Nothing else from the 16th century in the U-65 no. The rest - is rampant futurism and exclusive. The same chain is made of a specially developed scheme.
Dial with three time zones is made of a titanium alloy, there is a chronograph.
Total of 99 pieces.
Christophe Claret X TREM-1
The first model chronographs X TREM-1 - fusion of aesthetics and technical innovation. The first thing that catches the eye is the flying tourbillon. This effect is achieved by tilting the tourbillon in relation to dial 30 °.
Two hollow steel sphere enclosed in a tube made of sapphire on the right and the left, move the most mysterious way. They have no support and operate only under the influence of magnetic fields. Wherein two magnets are mounted so that no harmful effects on the course of hours.
Chronograph consists of 419 parts and has a power reserve of 50 hours.
Cost - from $ 270 000 to $ 300 000.
Romain Jerome. Steampunk Auto 100th Anniversary
The main feature Steampunk Auto 100th Anniversary - genuine metal casing of the sunken "Titanic", used in the housing and second indicator that resembles the blade of the ship. The idea is not new, but it looks powerful and in demand.
The back cover is decorated with a medallion pattern reminiscent of the 100-year anniversary of the collapse of the "Titanic", in honor of the then issued and model. The dial is integrated directly into the mechanism and is protected by a sapphire crystal. Black arrows reminiscent of the anchor of "Titanic." The watch is released in a limited edition of 100 copies.
Cost - $ 30 000.
The focus of the new model Magelluna from Magellan Watch - dial decorated by hand. Under a sapphire dome is realistic hemisphere of the Moon, the surface of which one can see traces of the craters and meteorites. Branded curved arrows exactly on the contour of the hemisphere, and they show, of course, the earthly. Steel body model has a black wear resistant coating.
Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon No.3
The third model series Histoire de Tourbillon was the result of a complex synchronization between the speed of rotation, the masses involved elements, the force of inertia and even resonance.
Internal double biaxial tourbillon carriage revolves in 40 seconds, and external - for 120 seconds. A second, single-axis tourbillon quietly makes a complete rotation in 36 seconds. The whole ensemble is connected into a single unit balancing differential.
The case is a 77-component three-dimensional structure of zaliuma, zirconium alloy and white gold. Disc indicator 50-hour power reserve decorated with sapphires and citrines.
Release 20 is limited instances.
Cost - $ 700 000.
De Bethune DB28
Important in this model - innovation. Firstly, the "floating ears" of titanium, which are able to follow the shape of the wrist. With this clock always sit nice and comfortable.
The second innovation - the "triple parachute system" that protects the movement from shocks. This titanium bridge, stay on springs - can be seen at the bottom of the dial.
DB28 available in multiple versions - in various combinations of gold, titanium and anthracite. At 6 o'clock in the small window is an indicator of the moon phase - it is so precise that the wrong day only after 122 years.
Cost - $ 85 000.
Harry Winston Opus Eleven
In 2011, Harry Winston presented a model of the eleventh in a series of Opus. The watch is a bizarre combination of three panels of cylindrical shape, arranged on different levels, two of which are infused with their axes in the main panel. One consists of two discs with scales that show the minutes and tens of minutes, and the second demonstrates the large balance wheel made of titanium.
The visual image of Opus Eleven is made in the spirit of abstract art. The main dial is composed of a plurality of rollers and gears, which are located in a chaotic manner halves of 24 panels with numbers, every hour "exploding" and collected in the appropriate number in the center of the board. The back panel is made of a transparent three-layer glass and reveals details of the mechanism 566 to 155 stones.
The limited edition series included just 111 copies.
Cost - from $ 230 000.
Futuristic Watch Ur-110 - the product of Swiss company Urwerk. Clad in titanium case, they resemble a planetary companion with three interconnected modules.
From 0 to 60 minutes it is displayed on the right side of the clock and moves vertically downwards. The very same arrow shows the hour of the day. This arrangement allows you to look at the clock imperceptibly.
The dial is protected by sapphire glass. On the back of the cabinet has two charge air 'turbine', which are designed to minimize wear when driving hours and serve for the automatic winding system.
Cost - $ 130 000.
Da Vindice Tourbillon Barometer
Buy Da Vindice Tourbillon Barometer allow never wrong about the weather. This is the first mechanical watch with a tourbillon measuring atmospheric pressure. Miniature Barometer located at around six hours. For the first time these clocks were sent on mission by the Swiss company released back in 2010, but the exhibition Baselworld-2013 presented an updated model of the limited edition of 50 copies.
At around ten o'clock there is a power reserve indicator. Watches are equipped with Swiss automatic movement with automatic winding and a power reserve of 42 hours.
Tourbillon Barometer is available in two versions: 18 carat pink or white gold. Water Resistant - 3 ATM.
Cost - $ 210 000.
The Gagarin Tourbillon
Watches are issued for the anniversary of the first manned flight into space.
Built-in magnifying glass allows us to estimate the smallest details of decoration of the dial, it rises and falls. Tourbillon watch
Gagarin Tourbillon rotates around its axis in 60 seconds and makes a complete revolution around the dial for 108 minutes. And this figure - as a reference to 108 minutes, during which Gagarin circled the globe.
Tourbillon itself suspended like a curved bridge, which resembles an obelisk mounted near the town of Engels where he landed "East».
Gagarin Tourbillon watches were issued in a limited edition of 50 copies of platinum.
Cost - $ 405 000.
Eva Leube Ari
The development of curved watches the company Eva Leube spent four years. In order to choose the perfect angle "curvature", measured set of wrist and calculated the average "curvature».
Watchmakers of brilliantly realized curved mechanism that fit perfectly into the case of sapphire glass with hand-engraved 18-karat gold or platinum 950.
All the dials are also made of 18-carat gold and arrow - blue steel.
Cost - $ 126 to 000.
Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down
Independent watchmaker Ludovic Ballouard developed a new version of its model Upside Down («upside down»). The name is connected with the inverted display of numbers, except that which indicates
the current hour.
Upside Down The dial is equipped with a central arrow to indicate minutes. It is not the minute markings. At 6 o'clock there is an additional dial with second hand. Closes dial sapphire crystal.
The strap with a platinum clasp is made of dark blue leather.
Cost - from $ 55 000.
Nord Zeitmaschine Quickindicator
Swiss Daniel Nebel probably wanted to speed up the time. On the new model Quickindicator minute hand makes a turn from "60" to "60" exactly one hour, but on her way - a lot of intricate loops, whereby the arrow has to run faster than normal hours.
This clock with the minute hand of the fastest in the world.
Cost - $ 12 000.
Greubel Forsey GMT 3D titanium Globe
The dial GMT set a three-dimensional model of a rotating globe, which provides an indication of the global time.
Globe fixed at the level of the South Pole and at night makes a full turn counterclockwise, which corresponds to the actual motion of the planets. Equator "earth" can see through the window on the side of the housing.
On the back cover is a CD with the names of 24 cities, each of which represents one of the time zones. In the middle of the scale is the summer time, and outside - the local.
Cost - $ 650 000.
Hublot MP 05 tribute to Ferrari
The dream of the owners of "Ferrari": a powerful engine under the hood and a copy - on hand. Work on the clock ran parallel to the work on the supercar "Maranello". The shape resembles a transparent sapphire glass bonnet Ferrari, and gear - motor. The back cover is made of titanium coated with a heavy-duty black PVD. Dynamics adds a rubber strap with titanium buckle.
The mechanism consists of 637 moving parts, and the tourbillon ensures 100% accuracy. 11 shafts provide a power reserve of 50 days. Large numbers painted on each cylinder svetonakopitelnye pigment, so while you can see in complete darkness.
The watch is released in a limited edition of 50 numbered copies.
Cost - $ 345 000.
ArtyA Son of a Gun Target
The focus of Swiss watches brand ArtyA - target and dust from powder, mixed with gold. "Ears" are decorated with 32 diamonds, which conflicts with the military theme, but gives the luxury. Watches are equipped with Swiss automatic mechanism that is in limbo. On the back side ArtyA Target also flaunts a target.
The cost - up to $ 22 000.
Devon Tread 1- Exoskeleton
These watches were designed explicitly fans of steampunk. Experts Devon made open and transparent body, leaving it is based ballistic polycarbonate bullet proof and scratch resistant.
The watch is available in two versions - in white and pink gold. Belts, played the role of the dial in Exoskeleton made of a transparent material.
Horological Machine No.5. HM5
Model MB & F HM5 was nicknamed «On The Road Again» for two reasons. Firstly, the watch designed especially for drivers. Second, the design of the case resembles a fastback with back slit windows - as in the famous car Lamborghini Miura. These blades can be opened and closed using a small lever. In this way the light hits the figures and elements covered svetonakoplyayuschim element.
The body is made in the form of a wedge that makes it easy to check the time without taking hands off the wheel. The special prism of sapphire glass showing numbers on the side from which it is viewed, and increases them by 20%.
All the world will be sold 66 copies.
Cost - $ 63 000.
Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater
Limited model Bird Repeater from the Swiss company Jaquet Droz is a symbol of life in every sense. When you run the repeater trigger 8 different animated mechanisms: move not only birds, but even the chicks and eggs in the nest. It is better to see.
The body is made of 18-carat rose or white gold, dial - black onyx. Sapphire glass is installed on the front side of the body and on the back cover.
The release is limited to 8 copies.
Cost - $ 500 000.
Konstantin Chaykin "Lunokhod»
This model is the only one Russian watchmakers adopted AHCI (Academie horlogere des createurs independants), Konstantin Chaykin.
"Lunokhod" named in honor of the glorious achievements of the Soviet space program in the study of the Earth's satellite. The main part is the novelty ball with a diameter of 12mm, symbolizing the moon made of Indian damask steel vutsa (Wootz). He, like the Earth's shadow gradually closes hemisphere silver with black rhodium-plated, revolving around it. Such an indication of the lunar phases used for the first time in watchmaking.
The cost - about $ 800 000.
Chopard 201 Sarat
The most expensive watch in the world worth $ 25 million, and compared to them for half a million hours, or even more so for 100 thousand dollars so do not look too expensive. But much more beautiful than the unbridled luxury of the 874 diamonds.
Cost - $ 25 000 000.
Haldimann H9 Reduction
This watch, we would like to introduce you to the latest, because they challenge the entire watch industry and, in a sense, high society, with its glamor and luxury. A sort of hour trolling the level of "God».
Haldimann H9 Reduction feature a floating tourbillon caliber H.Zen-1 with manual winding, the frequency of vibrations which reaches 18,800 per hour. But to see the technical perfection can not be as elementary to see the time. The dial is protected in every sense of the opaque blue and black sapphire crystal. The owner can only hear the continuous operation of the gears and look at his reflection in the black "mirror».
The brand owner Bill Haldimann still did a favor for the admirers of his talent - the back of the cover is made of a translucent material.
Cost - $ 175 000.