Haute Time takes you for a quick tour of the Place Vendôme. Here are five boutiques with ten timepieces for him and for her, including prices.
The first district in Paris is a watch shopper’s dream; you can walk from rue de la Paix to Place Vendôme in just a matter of minutes. Behind the 18th century façades, haute watch and jewelry boutiques are as unique as their creations.
Functional with easy-to-see displays, A. Lange & Söhne at 19 rue de la Paix invites us to discover the 41mm GRAND LANGE 1 MOON PHASE in platinum. Made with a patented coating process for an intense blue nocturnal sky, the lunar disc is enhanced with 300 laser-cut stars. Powered by caliber L095.3 with a 72 hours power reserve, the moon phase will be accurate for the next 122.6 years. €55,800.
For ladies, the manually-wound diamond-set 35mm white gold SAXONIA with white mother-of-pearl dial showing seconds at 6 o’clock and the L941.2 caliber through the sapphire caseback comes with a white crocodile leather strap. €28,000.
Across the street, at N° 2 rue de la Paix, Vacheron Constantin is celebrating its 260th anniversary with sensation and…harmony. Among the special creations is the cushion-shaped white gold Harmony Dual Time Small Model – 37mm x 46.60mm x 11.18 – for ladies. Beautiful and functional with diamond-set bezel, dual time, and gold day/night indication, the new self-winding caliber 2460DT enables crown adjustments in both directions. €50,000,
For men, the 42.50mm pink gold Traditionnelle World Time with 37 time zones, including those offed by half or quarter hours, with day/night indicators, is powered by the patented mechanical self-winding Caliber 2460 WT. €52,000.
Turning left onto N° 10 Place Vendôme, two classic yet modern floors at Patek Philippe reflect the Manufacture’s tradition and innovation as seen with the 42mm white gold second time zone Calatrava Pilot Travel Time watch with elegant blue dial, white gold Arabic numerals and wide steel hands coated with Superluminova. Powered by the automatic caliber 324 C FUS. €43,210.
and the 38 mm white gold Ladies – Complications – 4947G-001 featuring an annual calendar display on a blue sunburst dial, complemented with an alligator strap. The 35 – 45 hours power reserve mechanical self-winding movement with Gyromax® balance and Spiromax® balance spring is visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback. €45,270.
Adjacent, with the same N° 10 address, is the Hublot boutique: 180 sq. metres of fusion of materials and styles over two floors. The 45mm Big Bang Unico Italia Independent, designed in partnership with Lapo Elkann and constructed in the new light- reflecting blue or grey aluminium and carbon fiber material Texalium® is priced at €25,900
and the 2015 GPHG Ladies’ Watch prizewinner: the 41mm self-winding Big Bang Broderie composed of real Swiss embroidery, carbon fiber, stainless steel and diamonds at €17,500.
At our last stop, on the other side of the“Place” at N° 7, Jaeger-LeCoultre welcomes us into five hundred elegant and inviting square meters, with the four “pillar collections : Reverso, Master, Duometre, and Rendez-Vous, on the ground-floor, and high complications and high jewelry watches on the floor above, where we see the 39 mm Rendez-Vous Night and Day in pink gold with diamond-set bezel, open mother-of-pearl dial, large Arabic numerals and day/night indicator at 6 o’clock. €21,800.
Our visit ends with the Geophysic Universal Time Steel. This stainless steel watch of 39.6mm x 11.8mm with engraving and blue lacquer on the dial is powered by the 40 hours power reserve automatic Calibre 772 for hours, minutes, true seconds, and world time.
Sweet Dreams and Happy Shopping!
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