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You may not have heard of Quinting but its launch just 11 years ago marked a milestone in Swiss watch making. It was/is the first ever totally transparent watch and is now establishing a limited number of retail distributors in the UK.

Seeing the hands floating round in clear space, anyone's reaction is to ask 'where are the works?'. The answer lies in transparent sapphire wheels circling beneath the hands, quite invisible, that engage with watchghost.jpgthe most sophisticated of micro-mechanisms. That's putting it simply.

In reality, it took three Swiss watchmakers, one automotive engineer and one electromechanical research engineer to pool their knowledge and expertise to come up with what had been thought impossible, a completely transparent chronograph. And it took them seven years.

Since its launch in 2000, it has attracted such luminaries as Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan, Vladimar Putin and, not surprisingly, the majority of the Swiss government.

Based in Geneva, Quinting make their own movements, which are assembled by hand in a dust-free white room, to ensure perfect transparence. Some models do watchquinting.jpgprovide a design on the circulating discs - a ghostly silhouette, for example, and, the latest, two doves that circle clock and counter-clock wise, but for a fleeting moment when the hands meet on 12, when they merge together to represent Peace.

The Quinting is a very special watch that has all the qualities to be expected of a fine timepiece, available in a range of designs.

Top, the outline of the ghost may just be seen, and left, the Quinting Eternity. Prices start from £7,000 up to £120,000.


POCKET watches are enjoying something of a renewed vogue among new old fogies. Tailor Mark Powell likes wearing watchpatekone.jpgone with a watch chain across his waistcoat, and it does provide another male jewellery item. And Patek Philippe keep a number of them in their collection, of which the Star Caliber 2000G is a very exceptional example.

The result of 8 years development, this comes in white, rose or yellow gold, or platinum and has a combination of complex new complications. It gives local mean time and true solar time, and is the only watch watchpatektwo.jpgto reproduce exactly the chimes of Big Ben.

With over 1,000 parts, and two covers that reveal celestial charts and moon phases, it is a treasure of a watch that the next generation would be very lucky to in herit. Patek Philippe watches, like Savile Row suits, have a tradition of being passed on to the next generation.

The watch left is from a selection at Boodles in the Royal Exchange, the rose gold chronometro Gondolo, price £18,710. Price of the pocket watch above on application to Patek Philippe.


SOME rare pre-owned watches are currently available at Heming. This family jewellers, based in the Burlington Arcade, carries an extensive selection of quality brands, some with star status.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the star linked with the AP Royal Oak Offshore, the Legacy Chronograph, and he collaborated with Audemars Piguet to create a collector's timepiece. Heming has one of only 1,500 pieces watschstar.jpgmade of this watch, a suitably chunky style for The Terminator, though unworn by him.

Heming's history dates back to 1745, when Thomas Heming first registered at the Goldsmith's Hall. He went on to be appointed Principal Goldsmith to King George lll in 1760, and from that time the company has continued its royal connections, operating from a number of Mayfair addresses. Particularly known for ladies jewellery, it also offers cuff links, tie pins and dress sets for men, as well as watches.

The Schwarzenegger watch has a black ceramic case, pink gold markers and sapphire crystal glass, black crocodile strap, and is self winding with 38 hours power reserve. In its original box, with papers, it retails at £39,000.


ONE of the first water-resistant watches came from Corum, as seen in this brand’s first Admiral Cup model in 1960. Since then Corum has gone on to establish itself particularly in the sports field, and especially in the watchcorum.jpgsailing world, worn by such sailing masters as Ben Ainslie., three times Olympic gold medallist.

At the Basel watch fair earlier this year, it launched two new Admiral’s Cup versions, one for ladies in mother-of-pearl with diamonds, the other, the Admiral’s Cup Legend 42, for men.

Slightly thinner than the existing watches in this family, in steel, steel and gold, and 18ct gold, it starts at £2,575 for the steel, up to £11,900 for the rose gold. More watches in the print magazine in September.




Autumn 2011 edition

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CARACAS in Venezuala is half an hour behind Morawhanna, just down the South American coast in Guyanna, because Venezuala switched from being a full time zone to a half time zone in 2007.

Such gems of time information are easily checked on the dial of the latest mechanical marvel by Vacheron Constantin.

This new self-winding model gives the time in 37 time zones, including those offset from Universal Coordinated Time by half or quarter of an hour.


The Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time watch, with its new Calibre 2460WT, developes the global time theme that has been a speciality of this top maker. Vacheron Constantin launched a timepiece in 1932 showing the 24 time zones of Greenwich meantime and has continued to introduce further World Time complications since then.

Despite the extremely complex complications required to cover the 37 zones, this latest model is "extremely user-friendly", the maker claims.

In pink gold, it bears the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, price £31,000.


KNOWN initially as a pen maker, Montblanc has moved into the top level of watch making since its first timepiece collection in the early 1990s, and this year launched a new chronograph model.

This is to mark the 190th anniversary - a somewhat curious anniversary admittedly - of the first chronograph movement invented by Nicolas Rieussec in 1821. See the magazine for further details.


Available in limited editions of 18ct red gold, 90 18ct white gold and 25 in platinum, this red gold version is priced at £23,700.