April 30, 2019
Black & White
Black-and-white wristwatches and jewellery pieces impressively combine self-confident style, minimalism and sophistication. These newcomers celebrate contrast in its purest form.
Rolex is extending its Yacht-Master range with a new 42 mm model, the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42. Yacht-Master sailing watches are recognisable thanks to their distinctive bidirectional rotatable bezel with a raised 60-minute graduation. The Yacht-Master 42 is fitted with a Cerachrom insert in matt-black ceramic that perfectly complements its black lacquer dial. Created from 18 ct white gold, this new watch heralds the arrival of this precious metal on a Yacht-Master model. Like all Rolex Professional watches, the Yacht-Master 42, equipped with calibre 3235, offers exceptional legibility in all circumstances, thanks to its Chromalight display. The broad hands and hour markers are filled with a luminescent material emitting a long-lasting glow. Like all Rolex watches, the Yacht-Master 42 carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
This graphically styled ring made of white diamonds, black onyx elements and pink gold bars is a member of the extremely successful “Xpandable” collection, which the Italian jewelry manufacturer Picchiotti launched in 2016. The collection’s highlight: these elegant and comfortable pieces of jewellery rely on an innovative and invisible technology which makes it easy to optimize the wearing comfort simply by stretching the rings and bracelets.
With the Ref. 5520P, Patek Philippe introduced the quintessential travel companion. The self-winding grand complication combines the manufacture’s exclusive dual time zone "Travel Time" system with a 24-hour alarm mechanism, complete with a hammer that strikes on a classic gong. To do so, the manufacture has developed an entirely new integrated movement, the calibre AL 30-660 S C FUS, registering four patents for the alarm in the process. The platinum timepiece features an ebony-black sunburst dial with gold applied numerals and luminescent coating.
One of the latest creations from the inventive designers at the Italian luxury fashion brand Gucci is this open bangle, which joins with necklaces and pendants, a long sautoir chain and matching cufflinks to embody the new “G Cube” collection silver jewellery. The elaborate arabesque pattern engraved on the cube-shaped G logo is the distinguishing feature of all pieces of jewellery in this collection. With its diverse styles, this modern collection is equally suitable for women and men.
The complex architecture of Bulgari’s justly renowned Octo case conjures Italian savoir-faire in its most beautiful incarnation – christened Octo L’Originale Solotempo. The case is coated with black DLC, which contrasts handsomely with the rose gold hands and indices. The Solotempo movement, a self-winding manufacture calibre, can be viewed through the transparent sapphire crystal in the back of the case.
The jewellery brand celebrated its tenth anniversary by presenting its often colourful “Scintillae Collection” in its entirety for the first time at this year’s Baselworld. No less seductive and elegant than the coloured pieces are the droplet-shaped earrings, which feature diamonds in the classic non-colours of black and white. Their carat weight is particularly impressive: they tip the scales with nine carats of black diamonds and two carats of white diamonds.
The Big Bang Unico Titanium White 42 mm is a timeless companion for men and women. Symbolising unity and harmony, its monochrome white look can be readily combined with any other colour. The new version of automatic chronograph calibre HUB1280 amasses a 72-hour power reserve and guarantees precision timekeeping inside the titanium case, which remains watertight to 100 metres and is 1.3 mm slimmer than its predecessor. The column-wheel, which can be admired by peering through the skeletonised dial, has remained unchanged.
Tahitian pearl meets silver meets diamonds: darkly mysterious Tahitian cultured pearls shimmer with hues ranging from green to aubergine in the “Rendezvouz” necklace from the jewellery manufacturer Gellner. The dark lustre of the pearls is further enhanced by the subtle sparkle of black diamond briolets, which tower like crowns atop these 14- to 15- mm-diameter beauties. The chain is made of black rhodium-plated 925 silver; the pendants are crafted from 750 pink gold and ten black diamonds.
The new Defy Classic White Ceramic embodies a luxuriously dynamic style. Its white ceramic case and white rubber strap masterfully unite sporty elegance and timeless design. An elite skeletonised calibre with a power reserve of more than 48 hours is the ticking heart inside the Defy Classic’s white ceramic case, which is topped by a white ceramic bezel.
The Birkenfeld-based company Waldmann has been handcrafting high-quality writing instruments made of precious metals and other metals for 101 years. This solid sterling silver fountain pen is part of the company’s own collection and boasts a special engraving technique. “Viennese engraving” is a technique for which very few competent experts remain. These skilled artisans use special engraving tools to manually engrave intricate patterns into the metal. Although the pattern follows a basic form, the individual engravings can vary in their width and depth. The Viennese engraving technique thus makes each piece into a one-of-a-kind treasure.
The independent watchmaker’s philosophy of horology is to combine respect for longevity and precision with the classical watchmaking tradition. Hence the Voutilainen 28E is made entirely in his workshops. The movement is finished by hand, and the dial consists of grand feu enamel over gold, with stylised Arabic numerals and large pomme-style hands.
Ruppenthal’s new interchangeable clasps combine diamond pavé and 18 karat yellow, white or red gold. The clasps are available in two shapes: either as a ball measuring 14 mm in diameter or as an olive measuring 16 x 12 mm. Both jewellery clasps are characterized by a unique pattern created by the alternation of 288 black and 232 white diamonds. These dynamically styled and interchangeable clasps can be equally beautifully combined with white and black pearl necklaces or with understated gemstone necklaces.
The Manufacture Slimline 50-hour power reserve contains the new in-house automatic calibre FC-723 with a 50-hour power reserve, which is the Swiss manufacture’s 28th in-house calibre. The power reserve indicator has a highlighted red sector that indicates when it is time to wind the watch or wear it again. The very sophisticated allure is complemented by a pointer date located at 6 o’clock on the purist dial of the notably slim timepiece.
The Munich-based jewellery brand Scheffel is famous for its experimental approach to unusual materials. Scheffel’s “Loop” bracelet combines the high-tech material juma with white gold and diamonds. Computer-aided production with CNC milling created the organic-looking design of this piece of jewellery for the wrist. The piece’s velvety, polished black surface contrasts expressively with the luminous brilliance of fine, white, brilliant-cut diamonds.
The Japanese brand presented a new collection of sports watches designed in collaboration with the industrial designer Kiyoyuki Ken Okuyama and powered by Spring Drive calibres. One of these new wristwatches is the LX Black Edition SNR035. Its titanium case is watertight to 100 metres, 44.8 mm in diameter and protected by a super-hard coating. Spring Drive GMT 5R66 with second time zone and 72 hours of power reserve keeps time inside the case.
Nomen est omen: the cool and elegant “Tresore” bracelets from the Belgian jewellery brand Hulchi Belluni truly are treasures. Crafted from precious gold and high-quality diamonds, these readily adaptable pieces of jewellery can be easily combined on the wrist. “Tresore” are available in four different gold colours ranging from sunny warm yellow, through pink and cool light grey, to magical anthracite.
The Glashütte-based brand has added new models to a series that debuted two years ago – the Club Campus neomatik. Each watch in this series is powered by the self-winding neomatik manufacture calibre. The 37-mm stainless-steel case is watertight to 200 metres and equipped with a steel back that offers space for bespoken engravings. Also new is the metal bracelet, which marks the premiere of a new material for Nomos Glashütte.