Time zone

Anushree Basu and R. Pallavi         Print Edition: September 4, 2011

The most philosophical and thought-provoking metaphor in the history of mankind, is time. Every year, Switzerland's watch shows, Salon International de la Haute Horology and Baselworld Watch and Jewellery fair, showcase creations that evoke aspirations and intrigue horology connoisseurs from across the world. Some of the world's finest watchmakers are based in Switzerland and the business brings in close to $18 billion in annual exports.

Be it the desire to own a piece of history or a passion for eternal beauties that withstand the ravages of time, you're bound to be drawn to the novelty and drama that surrounds these fairs. Today, timepieces are rewriting the watchmaker's rulebook with innovations which are wound to racing countdowns and in symphony with the phases of the moon.

Among this year's entrées was the world's first mechanical wrist chronograph, Tag Heuer's Mikrometer Flying Chronograph, precise to 1/1000th of a second. How's that for keeping pace with time? These timepieces, with their whimsical gold and platinum facades, lure both the sophisticated buyer looking to add to his collection, and one who thrives on adventure and the great outdoors. BT More takes you on a journey that pays tribute to the eternal art of watchmaking.

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