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36 Club Life s t y l e luxury timeless A collection of limited edition watches by Andrea DaRif S ince the inception of the first watch in the early 1500s—credited to a Nuremburg locksmith by the name of Peter Henlein—horology has been considered an art as well as a craft. The precision of the complex gears and mechanisms demands exquisite workmanship and an eye for detail. But most importantly, a fine timepiece embodies imagination and creativity, as form and function combine into a true work of art. Today, a number of elite watchmakers are offering limited edition models, and like vintage wine and classic cars, they have become highly sought after by collectors. Distinctive styling and rarity are part of the allure—it can take over 800 parts and 10,000 man hours to create the complications and astronomical indications of an individual piece. Of course, such beauty comes with a cost, but for connoisseurs, the following watches are worth every penny. Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual A limited edition of 500 pieces crafted in 18k red gold, the GMT Perpetual features a self-winding chronometer certified movement and a power reserve of 45 hours power. The dial is a silverized wave pattern in a distinctive Havana tint, and is designed with an adjustable perpetual calendar over a single crown, a second patented quickset time zone, a permanent home time indicated by a third hand, and a double date window; $49,800. A. Lange & Sohne Grand Lange 1 Available exclusively in sets of two, the Grand Lange 1 Luna Mundi limited edition of 101 pairs presents two watches that correctly display the waxing and waning of the moon as seen on both sides of the equator. The Ursa Major model in white gold, which features 398 individual parts, shows the moon phases for the Northern Hemisphere, while the Southern Cross in pink gold, which requires four more parts, displays the patterns for the Southern Hemisphere. Both watches are made with twin mainspring barrels and a solid silver dial; $119,000. IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere L Offered in a limited edition of 250 pieces in 18k white gold, the Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere is highlighted by a delicate tourbillon—or whirlwind—mechanism at the top of the face. Eighty one micro components with a combined weight of .433 grams occupy center stage on an elegant slate grey "ardoise" dial and constitute the escapement of the large IWC caliber 50900 automatic movement. Additional features include an automatic Pellaton movement, Bregeut spring, 18k yellow gold medallion rotor and a seven day power reserve; $104,000. F. P. Journe Chronometre a Resonance Made in a limited edition of 99, the Chronometre a Resonance draws on more than 20 years of research to create the first wristwatch chronometer working with resonance. Crafted with a 40 mm platinum case and Ruthenium movement, it designed specifically for precision with twin independent movements indicating time on two dials; $91,650. Top to bottom: Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual; A. Lange & Sohne Grand Lange 1 Southern Cross; IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere; F. P. Journe Chronometre a Resonance.

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