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WHILE THE MOVEMENT IS THE HEART OF A TIMEPIECE, IT IS THE DIAL THAT MAKES A WATCH STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

Timepieces are often considered works of art, engineered masterpieces if you will. At the centrepiece is the movement, a calling card of sorts for watchmakers to showcase their ability and stamp their presence in the world of horology.

But many consider the dial as a kind of a canvas, one which affords these master watchmakers to get creative with their designs. By blending form and function, the best of them have delivered some amazing pieces identifiable by their unconventional, and often times, stunning dials.

WHILE THE MOVEMENT IS THE HEART OF A TIMEPIECE, IT IS THE DIAL THAT MAKES A WATCH STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

Timepieces are often considered works of art, engineered masterpieces if you will. At the centrepiece is the movement, a calling card of sorts for watchmakers to showcase their ability and stamp their presence in the world of horology.

But many consider the dial as a kind of a canvas, one which affords these master watchmakers to get creative with their designs. By blending form and function, the best of them have delivered some amazing pieces identifiable by their unconventional, and often times, stunning dials.

TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon

The Monaco V4 is undoubtedly one of the most unique timepieces ever created, but TAG Heuer has managed to push the creative envelop even further by adding a tourbillon to this belt-driven watch. The result of this is ground-breaking to say the least with four barrels mounted on ball-bearings used to drive the micro-belts that operate the revolutionary movement. The intriguing mechanics are majestically displayed on the dial, which comes in black, lending it a mysterious appeal.

Bell & Ross BR01-92 Turn Coordinator

Bell & Ross’ link with aviation is well-documented, but the brand has taken that relationship up several notches with the BR 01-92 Turn Coordinator. No stranger to producing models mirroring aeronautical instruments, the brand took inspiration from a turn-and-bank indicator found in the cockpit of an aircraft and produced this head turner. The BR 01-92 Turn Coordinator indicates time in the upper half of the dials with two disks rotating to reveal the hours and minutes.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon

A fitting homage to the Ulysse Nardin’s maritime roots, the Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon boasts an intricately designed dial that resembles a ship’s deck. Taking centre stage is the minutes hand, which is designed to mirror a ship’s mast. The minutes are displayed via rollers, which ‘pull’ the hand akin to how a yacht’s boom, ropes and winches work together to hoist the sails of the boat. The design is capped off with a tourbillion at 6 o’ clock and a double window hour display just below 12 o’clock.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Collection

No stranger to producing amazingly beautiful timepieces, Roger Dubuis has made its unique designs a signature feature. The Excalibur collection for example remains one of the most talked about models in the world of watches but that hasn’t stopped Roger Dubuis from raising the bar once again. Utilising high-performance cobalt chrome alloy for the 48mm case, bezel, caseback and crown, the brand has produced the Excalibur Quatuor Blue Cobalt. Powered by the calibre RD101 manual movement with a 40-hour power reserve, the limited-edition number also sports a blue PVD dial with a contrasting red and white minute track.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Line

Considered one of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most complex watches, the Duomètre Line features a “Dual-Wing” concept, which is made up of two distinct mechanisms that supply separate energy to the complication as well as movement. The result of this has afforded the brand to get extremely creative with their dials, which is why we have examples like the Duomètre Sphérotourbillon. This particular piece features a multi-axis tourbillon, and an aesthetically pleasing watch face set with contrasting indicators for days and hours, a 24-hour and seconds subdial and a pair of power reserve indicators.

Blancpain Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde

The name may be a mouthful but you don’t need to know how to pronounce the name of this stunner from Blancpain to appreciate it. The Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde delivers both simplicity and innovation in one stylish package. The timepiece sports a flying tourbillon ‘suspended’ by a clear sapphire disk, and a clean white dial set with an hour window and a minute counter. At every turn of the hour, the minutes counter hand rotates counter-clockwise to count down the minutes, just like clockwork. Literally.

TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon

The Monaco V4 is undoubtedly one of the most unique timepieces ever created, but TAG Heuer has managed to push the creative envelop even further by adding a tourbillon to this belt-driven watch. The result of this is ground-breaking to say the least with four barrels mounted on ball-bearings used to drive the micro-belts that operate the revolutionary movement. The intriguing mechanics are majestically displayed on the dial, which comes in black, lending it a mysterious appeal.

Bell & Ross BR 01-92 Turn Coordinator

Bell & Ross’ link with aviation is well-documented, but the brand has taken that relationship up several notches with the BR 01-92 Turn Coordinator. No stranger to producing models mirroring aeronautical instruments, the brand took inspiration from a turn-and-bank indicator found in the cockpit of an aircraft and produced this head turner. The BR 01-92 Turn Coordinator indicates time in the upper half of the dials with two disks rotating to reveal the hours and minutes.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon

A fitting homage to the Ulysse Nardin’s maritime roots, the Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon boasts an intricately designed dial that resembles a ship’s deck. Taking centre stage is the minutes hand, which is designed to mirror a ship’s mast. The minutes are displayed via rollers, which ‘pull’ the hand akin to how a yacht’s boom, ropes and winches work together to hoist the sails of the boat. The design is capped off with a tourbillion at 6 o’ clock and a double window hour display just below 12 o’clock.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Collection

No stranger to producing amazingly beautiful timepieces, Roger Dubuis has made its unique designs a signature feature. The Excalibur collection for example remains one of the most talked about models in the world of watches but that hasn’t stopped Roger Dubuis from raising the bar once again. Utilising high-performance cobalt chrome alloy for the 48mm case, bezel, caseback and crown, the brand has produced the Excalibur Quatuor Blue Cobalt. Powered by the calibre RD101 manual movement with a 40-hour power reserve, the limited-edition number also sports a blue PVD dial with a contrasting red and white minute track.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Line

Considered one of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most complex watches, the Duomètre Line features a “Dual-Wing” concept, which is made up of two distinct mechanisms that supply separate energy to the complication as well as movement. The result of this has afforded the brand to get extremely creative with their dials, which is why we have examples like the Duomètre Sphérotourbillon. This particular piece features a multi-axis tourbillon, and an aesthetically pleasing watch face set with contrasting indicators for days and hours, a 24-hour and seconds subdial and a pair of power reserve indicators.

Blancpain Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde

The name may be a mouthful but you don’t need to know how to pronounce the name of this stunner from Blancpain to appreciate it. The Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde delivers both simplicity and innovation in one stylish package. The timepiece sports a flying tourbillon ‘suspended’ by a clear sapphire disk, and a clean white dial set with an hour window and a minute counter. At every turn of the hour, the minutes counter hand rotates counter-clockwise to count down the minutes, just like clockwork. Literally.