By Roberta Naas | October 29, 2015 | Watches & Jewelry
Sci-fi-inspired watches are a hit with the LA set.
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The Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari 50 Days Power Reserve watch ($345,000) illustrates meticulous three-dimensional artistry. The aperture on the front side of the watch reveals a vertical tourbillon escapement that has been repositioned from within the movement to this dimension. The manual-wind HUB9005 movement (visible from the top of the watch) replicates sports-car cylinders and rocker arms, and offers 50 days of power reserve; revolving discs display the time. It’s all wrapped up in an “interstellar” titanium case. By appointment, 9470 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-550-0595
Richard Mille’s RM022 Tourbillon Aerodyne Dual Time Zone Black Carbon serial 6/10 watch ($480,000) debuts in a limited edition of just 10 pieces. The tripartite case is crafted in NTPT® (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon—a high-tech material used in the aeronautics industry. The watch offers function selection, dual-time display, a torque gauge, and power-reserve indication. 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-285-9898
Fondly referred to as the Urwerk Knight watch, the Urwerk UR-105TA (TA, as in Turbine Automatic) Black Lemon watch ($64,000) is crafted in titanium with a black PVD steel bezel. The state-of-the-art timepiece features individual turbines (coupled to the automatic movement) with yellow hour satellites and a horizontal minute track to display the time in a unique format. Just 100 pieces will be made in this color. Westime Beverly Hills, 216 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8880
Made in America, this Devon Tread 1 watch ($19,450) is crafted in DLC-coated stainless steel and utilizes a patented system of interwoven Time Belts™ and hybrid electromechanical power to track and display the time. Devon worked with an aerospace supplier to create the watch, whose glass-reinforced nylon belts work in tandem with advanced optical recognition cells, micromotors, and more than 300 electrical contacts to precisely display the time. Westime at Sunset Plaza, 8569 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-289-0808
Credit nanotechnology, high-precision cutting machines, and infinite creativity for a new era of three-dimensional timepieces. The latest innovations, along with teams of engineers, scientists, and metallurgy specialists (tapped by the research and development teams at luxury-watch companies), have helped launch these new science-fiction timepieces into orbit. The brands have also turned to universities, as well as aerospace and automotive industries, to inject new life into the design and construction of these out-of-this-world examples of horological art.
photography by jeff crawford. styling by terry lewis