Samson Ng and Jourdan Ma
Haute: high-end; classy. Horology: the science of measuring time; the art of making timepieces. Featured below are four haute horological European collections with some rather striking designs.
BULGARI: Captivating snake-inspired jewelry and watches have been one of the Italian's strengths. This Serpenti collection, launched in the 1940s, now has a 30-millimeter rose gold timepiece with brilliant-cut diamonds coiled around its bezel to resemble the Bulgari-style snake. Equipped with a quartz movement, water-resistant to 30 meters, it comes with a satin strap and an 18-karat pink gold buckle set with diamonds. Other than a bejeweled snake wrapped around the wrist, there is also the option of the karung or calfskin strap that resembles a camouflage. Price: HK$315,000.
GIRARD-PERREGAUX: The Laureato Tourbillon collection heads the pack at the Swiss watchmaker, appealing even to sports enthusiasts. An octagonal watch debut in 1975. Designed by a Milan-based architect, the label now features even an architectural design. It is fitted to a circle with the octagonal bezel resembling the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. Available in four sizes, the pieces feature an arrow-shaped gold bridge that underscores the watchmaker's commitment to craftsmanship. Price: HK$713,000.
PIAGET: Its Altiplano 900D is a 18-karat white gold timepiece, a hallmark of which is an ultra-thin hand-wound 900D caliber, offering a 48-hour power reserve. In total 304 diamonds are set on the 38-millimeter case. Diamonds also adorn the crown, dial and folding clasp. It comes with an alligator leather strap and is water-resistant to 20 meters. Price: HK$1.49 million.
A LANGE & SOHNE: This German maker has been making prestigious watches since 1845. Now, its Lange 1 Moonphase Lumen, a 41-millimeter piece, is purposeful in showing its technical prowess. There is a moon phase display that remains precise for 122.6 years. It has an off-center dial, luminous hands and markers. Other features are the date window at 1 o'clock and small seconds at 5 o'clock. It offers a 72-hour power reserve. Price: HK$475,000.