Italian luxury house, Dolce&Gabbana ventures into the world of Haute Horlogerie and debuts their ‘Alta Orologeria’ series of four watches, each uniquely opulent and elaborate through refined metalwork based on the aged-old tradition of Italian goldsmiths since the 19th-century – think intricate handcraft like the layering of the enamel, setting of precious stones and engraving of the dials.
The inspiration for this collection is based on the classic operas (Otello, Nabucco, Macbeth and Don Carlo) by famous Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi which the watches are named after. Coupled with the beautiful aesthetics of the watches are three classic high-end complications: an automatic tourbillon, a tourbillon with a mono-pusher chronograph and a tourbillon with a minute repeater based on the calibres produced by Manufacture Hautes Complications, a company headquartered in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland and specialises in the production of very high complication movements.
The first watch is Otello, a beautifully restored vintage manual winding movement watch featuring a mother-of-pearl dial with Breguet hands. The Roman numerals are encased in a modest 18-Carat gold casing that exudes a Venetian baroque flair.
The Nabucco on the other hand, is a micro-rotor tourbillon engraved with the brand’s DG logo on the bridge at 6 o’clock with an engraved dial containing enamel markers that features a complex rounded effect. Archangel Michael, to which opera Nabucco is dedicated to, sits at the top of the bezel.
Thirdly is Macbeth, a tourbillon (with signature engraving) monopusher chronograph with a handmade, engraved gold dial displaying the chronometric second, minute counters as well as the power reserve indicator. The watch boasts a power reserve of approximately 100 hours due to the design of the barrel and mainspring regulating organ. The casing and bracelet are engraved with Arabic and Roman numerals as an abstract representation of the relativity of time. And the glass casing at the back allows for the individual to appreciate the delicate embellishments on the bridges.
Last but not least is the Don Carlo, a tourbillon with signature engraving and minute repeater on a surgically carved jade dial coupled with floating gold markers and decorations. The dial of the watch is hidden behind the fully engraved casing’s open-work hinged cover made with dazzling gold bas-reliefs, more engravings and – read this – 2.2 carats of cushion-cut emeralds. Despite its uncommon shape, the chime of the minute repeater is still very much visible.
Prices for the Alta Orologeria watches start from EUR 115,000 and goes up to a whopping EUR 690,000 for the most elaborated design. The collection is available for order at both the Dolce & Gabbana boutiques at ION Orchard and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
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