By Roberta Naas | October 20, 2015 | Watches & Jewelry
3-D timepieces with bold shapes, high-tech details, and a host of innovative complexities appeal to Vegas’s most modern men.
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A magnificent feat of technology and beauty, the Jacob & Co. Astronomia watch ($540,000) is powered by the exclusive manual-wind caliber JCAM10, consisting of 365 parts and featuring four orbiting satellites. Rotating and circling the dial every 60 seconds are the moon, made with a 288-facet diamond, and the Earth, a blue titanium globe. The constantly whirling tourbillon escapement orbits the dial as well, completing a full revolution every 20 minutes, while a fourth arm displays the hours and minutes. This 50mm watch is crafted in gold with a rich blue aventurine dial and a sapphire crystal dome. Wynn & Company Watches, Wynn Las Vegas, 702- 770-3520
With a dial placed on the side of the timepiece for optimal viewing while driving, the Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Super Sport watch ($285,000) is a three-dimensional mechanical masterpiece inspired by the engine of the luxury automobile. The hand-wound PF 372 movement— containing 333 parts and 40 jewels and providing 10 days of power reserve—is meticulously finished and displays the hour, minutes, and power reserve level through six individual antireflective sapphire crystals. Ca’d’Oro, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-696-0080
Offering a multidimensional layered dial and an oversize date indicator, this Richard Mille RM 029 Automatic watch ($100,000) is crafted in 18k 5N red gold. The skeletonized movement, RMAS7, took more than 10 months to create, as the brand sought to achieve the delicate balance between carving away metal and maintaining strength and durability. The movement features a baseplate, bridges, and balance cock constructed of titanium and treated with Titalyt; titanium rotor arms; a rotor weight segment of white gold; shock resistance courtesy of Incabloc; and ceramic ball bearings. The Shops at Crystals, 702-588-7272
Thanks to microtechnology, high-precision cutting machines, and the endless creativity of watch manufacturers, we’ve entered an exciting era of three-dimensional timepieces. Not only has new technology allowed for unprecedented leaps in design and construction, but the willingness of watch brands to partner with innovators outside their industry is pushing ingenuity even further. In addition to watchmakers, the research and development teams at luxury houses include engineers and scientists, such as expert metallurgists. And now top watch brands are also turning to universities, the aerospace and automotive industries, and other specialists, all in an effort to relegate the expression “It can’t be done” to the dust bin of history.
PhotograPhy by Jeff Crawford. Styling by terry lewiS