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Practical MAGIC

Its playful Reverso may steal the headlines but, in horology circles, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ultra-practical Rendez-Vous Perpetual Calendar is equally lauded. The Art Deco-inspired design draws on a heritage of innovation; the company has created 1,242 calibres and filed approximately 400 patents. The timepiece can track the date, day of the week, month, year and moon phase, and is so accurate that it only needs to be adjusted once a century. As if that weren’t enough, the inner workings of the movement are visible through the watch’s diamondencrusted crystal case back, allowing horophiles to gaze upon the 22kt-gold weight oscillating above the hand-embellished bridges. £33,500. Available from The Fine Watch Room, Ground Floor

When it comes to watchmaking complications, the flying tourbillon calibre is the most complex to create. Not that it’s any problem for Cartier; it has been making Poinçon de Genève-certified complications since the 19th century. Its gently curved Ballon Bleu is just one example of its mechanical mastery. The model features a flying tourbillon with a C-shaped carriage to indicate the seconds. The aesthetics are equally considered: the crown is set with a sapphire cabochon, and the dial is hand-painted in layers of translucent enamel. £82,000. Available from The Fine Jewellery Room, Ground Floor

DUAL HE ITAGE Given that Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the tourbillon, it’s fair to say Breguet knows complications. It’s no stranger to artistry, either, having made timepieces for the likes of Marie Antoinette. Now the Breguet Reine de Naples honours both aspects of its horological heritage. A selfwinding mechanical movement powers a balance wheel that rotates every 24 hours, and the bezel and case band are set with 131 diamonds. £87,800. Available from The Fine Watch Room, Ground Floor

OUT OF THIS WO LD

Astronomical functions have always fascinated watchmakers. But the pursuit of planetary timepieces has perhaps reached its apogee with Van Cleef & Arpels’ Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication. The watch is both a work of art and a fully functional planetarium: six planets – each represented by a precious stone – revolve around a rose-gold sun in real time. A star that orbits around the outer dials does the more down-to-earth duty of indicating hours and minutes. £150,000. Available from The Fine Jewellery Room, Ground Floor

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Harrods Magazine October 2014  

This month, the fashion team travelled to mysterious Mongolia to shoot the bold patterns, textured fleeces and tapestry ponchos in the autum...

Harrods Magazine October 2014  

This month, the fashion team travelled to mysterious Mongolia to shoot the bold patterns, textured fleeces and tapestry ponchos in the autum...

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