Professional Jeweler Archive: Platinum Plus

June 2001

Timepieces/New Products

Platinum Plus

The luxury metal often cases the finest timepieces

These extraordinary timepieces are more than luxuriously cased in platinum. Each also bears a unique design and/or contains a watchmaker’s masterful creation inside. The combination signifies a fully realized piece of horological art.

– by Michael Thompson

Chronoswiss combined a Progress Watch Co. tourbillon with a regulator dial – a combination not found elsewhere. The large minute hand and smaller hour hand are blue steel, the case is platinum (also made in rose or yellow gold) and the dial is guilloché sterling. Suggested retail, $29,500 in gold, $43,900 in platinum.

Chronoswiss, Bellport, NY; (631) 776-1135.

Dual time zone automatic watch features pastel shark skin strap and a black diamond on the crown. The guilloché dial features applied gold numerals and oversize date.

DeGrisogono, Geneva, Switzerland; (41-22) 317- 1080,

Watchmaker F.P. Journe and jeweler Harry Winston Inc. have created 18 unique timepieces collectively called Opus One. Pictured is a model with a tourbillon (shown in the rare 9 o’clock position) with a power reserve indicator and a remontoir (at 6 o’clock), which assures chronometer-precise timekeeping.

Harry Winston, New York City; (212) 245-2000.

Automatic perpetual calendar features a patented “zero-reset” mechanism. The pusher on the left resets the calendar functions day by day. The case includes a see-through sapphire back.

A. Lange & Söhne, Glashutte, Germany, (49-0350) 53440.

This minute repeater allows the wearer to watch (via a subdial at left) the striking sequence as chimes indicate the hours, quarter-hours and minutes.

Audemars-Piguet, New York, NY; (212) 758-8400,

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