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Christmas selection (1) - The double game of reversible watches

Christmas selection (1) The double game of reversible watches

Two dials, two personalities, two ways of reading the time… The reversible watches by Bovet, Manufacture Royale and Piaget change face in step with the owner’s mood and wishes, by day or by night.

Reversible watches do double duty under the Christmas tree! Their dual nature gives their lucky recipients a chance to own not just one, but two timepieces. This represents an appreciable privilege for all those who like changing watches quickly and easily according to circumstances; and is also an advantage for watchmakers who – once the technical problems linked to the reversibility of the case have been solved – enjoy double the surface on which to express their creativity.

 

Bovet – AMADEO® 7-day Skeleton Tourbillon Reversed Hand-Fitting
 

Bovet - AMADEO Tourbillon Squelette 7 jours aiguillage inversé

 

A watch that has nothing to hide – quite the contrary. The strength of the AMADEO® Tourbillon Skeleton lies precisely in its boldly proclaimed ‘exhibitionist’ attitude. One cannot but admire the incredible skeleton-working of the movement, and above all the excellence of the decoration. For indeed the true feat embodied in the very first openworked tourbillon to grace the Fleurier collections is to have achieved such a degree of complexity and aesthetic beauty on all facets of the watch. Contrary to traditional methods, the skeleton-worked design has been jointly entrusted to the watchmakers and the engraving artisans. This results in an aesthetic refinement entirely on a par with the chronometric performance of this 45 mm model – a watch bathed in light and which displays on both sides the hours, minutes, power reserve, as well as small seconds on the tourbillon.



Manufacture Royale - Voltaire Volteface 180°

Manufacture Royale-Voltaire Volteface 180°

One watch, two faces. Entirely in line with the style initiated by the Manufacture Royale since its creation in 2010, this timepiece focuses firmlky differentiation. An unusual system enables the solid silver case to be raised and pivoted around an axis at 12 o’clock. The design picks up the hallmark House style of a round set inside a square, along with distinctive steel screws visible on the case and its lugs. The major new characteristic is that this is the first model from the brand to actually feature a dial – which is visible on both sides of the case and features cut-away circles and semi-circles, including a broad opening revealing the tourbillon.



Piaget - Limelight Twice

Piaget-Limelight-Twice


Morning glory or queen of the night, the Limelight Twice plays heads or tails to suit all situations. Oneside features an extremely pure graphic design accentuated by oversized Roman numerals of which the inner tips mark off a tiny hour and minute subdial at 12 o’clock; while a splendid gem-set back dial creates an extremely glamorous effect. To make this watch truly reversible without compromising its comfort on the wrist, the Piaget engineers and artisans had to entirely rethink the seamless case and wristband integration, conceal the time-setting pusher, as well as perform meticulous work on the gem-set polished surface.

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