Timepieces available at the Central International Watch Fair collectively clock in at Bt5 billion
THE 19TH edition of the Central International Watch Fair continues through September 18 in Central Chidlom’s event hall and the timepiece departments of other Central malls and Zen.
On view and for sale are classic masterpieces, limited-edition treasures and a few outrageous creations, all of them stars of this year’s Basel World and Salon International de la Haute Horologerie expositions in Switzerland.
You might need a credit card and permission from your accountant. There are watches priced at Bt5 million. The entire array is collectively worth more than Bt5 billion.
But all the big names are there, including Montblanc, Zenith, Ateliers de Monaco, Franck Muller, Bell & Ross and Thai Beauty Gems.
Grand Seiko Credor Engraved Skeleton, Bt2.4 million
For a mere Bt2.4 million you could be wearing a Grand Seiko Credor Engraved Skeleton Limited Edition. The engraving and lacquer-work alone are probably worth the price, elegantly expressing the motion of waves.
The Credor line – the name derives from crete d’or, meaning “the ultimate in gold” – underlines Seiko’s continuous pursuit of beauty and technical expertise.
The ultra-thin Calibre 6899 movement is fully visible thanks to the see-through “skeleton” design.
In an extraordinary feat of engraving, the shimmering mother-of-pearl waves along the lower face are the work of Isshu Tamura. Elsewhere on the dial he depicts their movement with colours gradated from purple to yellow-green.
Mount Fuji and Hokusai’s famous woodblock print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” were the inspirations.
Breitling Emergency Night Mission, Bt626,500
A reasonable Bt626,500 will buy you safety in case you ever encounter trouble in remote terrain. Breitling’s Emergency Night Mission is the world’s first wristwatch with a built-in dual-frequency “personal locator beacon”. In a crisis, you hit a button and an alert flies off to rescuers and guides them to you.
There are three editions, different combinations of black titanium case with orange or yellow accents and a blue mother-of-pearl dial.
Montblanc 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim, Bt1.5 million
The Montblanc 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim carries the in-house-developed Calibre MB 29.24 with automatic winding. The tourbillon has a quick stop-second mechanism allowing the precise setting of the seconds via the crown.
A refined “Cotes de Geneve” decoration surrounds the dial and the upper part is crafted from dark blue aventurine, reminiscent of the night sky. The 42mm white-gold case has a satin-like middle section only 10.14mm in height and curved horns for added sleekness.
Corum Golden Bridge Stream, Bt3.5 million
The Corum Golden Bridge Stream has been revamped in homage to the “bridge” that crosses it. As in architecture, the structure stands out in both linear design and curves and arches. The watch adopts the Art Deco codes of the Rectangle model and incorporates an automatic movement. Only 88 have been made.
Frederique Constant Ladies World Heart Federation, Bt210,000
The Frederique Constant Ladies World Heart Federation has a stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and “exhibition” case-back. It’s fitted with an automatic movement with a visible escapement and is fastened with a white leather strap.
The silver dial bears World Heart Foundation guilloche patterning, a diamond-set bezel and dot markers. The 18K rose-gold case is surrounded with 193 diamonds (1.4 carats) and eight diamonds on the white mother-of-pearl dial.
The Marvelous, Bt15 million
Clocking in at Bt15 million, the Marvelous is the latest spectacular gem-studded watch from the Royal Jewellery Treasure Timepiece collection.
Its elegant oval shape is adorned with 18 fiery rubies and 682 glittering diamonds on an 18K strap. Its overall weight is 87 grams. Your bank account will weight much less post-purchase.