Part 3: Highlights of the Art of Time 2022 by Swiss Watch
Art of Time returns this year from October 12 at the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, marking two incredible decades of Swiss Watch in fine watchmaking in Malaysia. Under the theme “Defining Moment”, the highly anticipated event headlined by 18 watchmakers presents a unique partnership with five top Malaysian talents. Here are some watches to watch out for.
The Virtuoso VII represents the pinnacle of technical and artistic talent available from Bovet. In this perpetual calendar with retrograde date, a sophisticated complication in itself, the watchmakers have sought to make things interesting by innovating in the layout of the calendar functions and by relying on not one but two dials equipped with a mechanism patented dual coaxial seconds. Each component, visible or not, is decorated using traditional artisanal methods.
In the 43.3mm red or white gold case, the hand-wound caliber 13BM12AIQPR – which offers five days of autonomy in a single barrel – ticks under a delicately guilloché dial and embraces the wrist by means of a bracelet in alligator leather. The Virtuoso VII comes with the iconic Amadeo patented system that allows the watch to be used as a wristwatch, pocket watch or desk clock without the need for tools.
Produced in just eight copies to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the Bird Repeater, an automaton equipped with a minute repeater function, embodies the essence of the house. Its white mother-of-pearl and black onyx dial features 18-carat red gold appliques. The watch displays the quintessence of Jaquet Droz and three centuries of heritage, in a single resolutely contemporary creation.
Multiple bird animations, hatching eggs and the river in the background – inspired by the Ronde that crosses La Chaux-de-Fonds, in western Switzerland – bring this watch to life. This weaving of complex animations, entirely engraved and painted by hand, resonates with a minute repeater, one of the most virtuoso complications in fine watchmaking, housed at the heart of its 47 mm 18-carat red gold case. . This watch pays homage to the cradle of Swiss watchmaking.
Subjected to the same rigorous testing as live ejection seat launches, Bremont’s MB Savanna is a pilot’s watch with a difference, particularly the unusual desert-inspired hue of the 43mm grade 5 titanium case, metal dial and rubber strap. It has two knurled crowns for setting the time and the inner rotating bezel, a movement support that protects the movement from extreme shocks and is powered by the modified caliber BE-36AE automatic chronometer.
The latest addition to the Pontos family by Maurice Lacroix, the PONTOS S chronograph is sporty and elegant. With a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel, tachymeter scale and stainless steel case, the placement of the two chronograph counters, seconds display and day and date window provide a refined aesthetic. It is powered by the automatic caliber ML112 with Côtes de Genève, perlage and sunburst decoration, surmounted by a silver-white or dark blue sand-blasted dial with hands lined with SuperLumi-Nova for maximum readability.
Heir to a pilot’s watch that dates back over 100 years, the ProPilot X Caliber 400 incorporates one of Oris’ next-generation high-performance automatic mechanisms in a robust 39mm titanium case. The in-house movements of the Caliber 400 series all include high levels of anti-magnetism, a five-day power reserve and a 10-year warranty. A joy to behold, from every angle.
Previously only available with time and date functions, Tissot’s PRX line now features a high-performance chronograph. Within the case of the new 42mm PRX automatic chronograph is an inverted panda dial – where the white sub-dials are set against a contrasting black background – and the Valjoux A05.H31 caliber, which features an extended power reserve of 60 hours. The chic 1970s sports watch has never looked so good.
Other exhibitors include Bianchet, Charles Girardier, Raidillon and Speake-Marin.
Defining Moment by Art of Time 2022 is presented by Swiss Watch and will take place October 12-23 (10am-10pm) at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Center Court. See here for more.
This article was first published on October 10, 2022 in Swiss Watch’s Art of Time.