Meet Lady Compliquée And Visionnaire DTZ
“There’s only one thing more precious than our time and thats who we spend it on.” – Leo Christopher
Continued from my previous post, Fab-A-Day At Fabergé, Fab-A-Day-At-Faberge that took us on a rendezvous with the fascinating jewelry designed by Fabergé, I would now like you to step into the world of precision and hand crafted collector time-pieces.
How often does one fall in love? I could over and over again! Before you get your mechanisms churning further, for me it definitely was “Love At First Sight” Being an avid watch connoisseur I was mesmerized by the exquisite range of women’s and men’s time-pieces by Fabergé. A Watch-To-Watch For A Life-Time! Two of my absolute favourites are…
Innovative, surprising and made to the highest standards, the new display in the two “Peacock And Winter” models pay homage to the famous “Peacock Egg” of 1908 and the “Winter Egg” of 1913. Featuring a manually wound mechanical calibre, this movement was exclusively developed for Fabergé by Agenhor, a Geneva based independent manufacturer. The highly original display of the new Fabergé Lady Compliquée collection features a fan at the heart of the watch. It thus perpetuates the ingenious and freethinking spirit of Peter Carl Fabergé, who crafted his creations to be both emotive and fascinating. A peacock fans out its tail at every hour on the first, while on the second, the dial is gradually covered with frost. This creation has no hands, instead elements of the display move constantly to create an ensemble of mobile forms that indicate the time.
An omniscient ‘eye’ graces at the tip of each feather and uneven glittering strands emerge from the midnight blue glaze that alights them with color. The peacock is made from sculpted and engraved gold. It reigns over a sub-dial snow-set with turquoise paraiba tourmalines, intense green tsavorites and white diamonds. Just like the rotating hours ring, the minutes scale is carved in three dimensions in white mother-of-pearl before being polished and printed with numerals.
The system driving the blades is the movement’s most fascinating organ. Each blade – except the first one which remains immobile – advances at a different speed so that the ensemble unfurls in perfect harmony. The synchronisation of the blade is made possible by an innovative mechanical organ known as the AgenFan. The fans are constructed in a way to enable the first blade to move forward by 15 degree each hour, the second by 30 degree, the third by a 45 degree, and the last by 60 degree.
The hours are read at the winding crown at three o’clock utilising a mother of pearl band that rotates counter clockwise whilst the minutes are indicated by the fanning tail feathers off an exquisite carved peacock, sitting serenely in the bottom left corner of this horological marvel.
My next pick drove me head over heels! In a world where one is multi-tasking almost all the time, have you ever wondered how precious your time is? Similarly imagine a time-piece that multi-tasks to different time zones revealing the time of your home and travel country while you comfortably globe trot. Hey this may be men’s wrist watch, but did someone set the rule that women can’t sport them? 🙂 Wink Wink!
The self-winding Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ adopts a logical and intuitive method of displaying two timezones simultaneously, perfectly suited to the lifestyle of those who need to keep track of the time in a second, distant location.
The design of the new Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ, employs a slim bezel, complex lug construction, multi-layered dial construction, fluted crown and a linear, decorative motif radiating from the centre of the dial. It has a self-winding calibre with a 50 hour power reserve.
The jumping time zone is displayed using a small 24-hour numerical disc mounted on the reverse of the watch’s Agenhor-developed AGH 6924 calibre. Only the current hour numeral is visible through the aperture, optically amplified to a bold, legible format by a magnifying element and brought into sharp focus by the mirror-finished interior of a cone that runs from the back of the movement through to the uppermost point of the dial. The clever use of the 24-hour disc means that no AM/PM indication is needed, keeping the dial free of superfluous registers.
The bespoke shape of the cone means that the second timezone hour is only apparent when viewed straight-on, remaining hidden from prying eyes, one of the technical surprises that Fabergé delights is offering. Isn’t it fascinating!!!
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