15 Watches To Look Out For At SIHH 2018
Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition
Fresh from its successful collaboration with Shelby Cobra last year, Baume & Mercier forges yet another motoring partnership. This time with Indian Motorcycle, the first motorcycle company in the United States.
This collaboration gives way to a striking homage timepiece: the Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition, an automatic chronograph commemorating the achievements of Indian motorcycle racer Burt Munro.
Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Day & Night
There’s much to admire about the Rotonde de Cartier watch. Apart from its beautiful guilloched satin-brushed dial, we see Cartier bringing together for the first time a mysterious movement and a day/night indicator.
These complications played significant roles in the maison’s heritage, as they appear in two of its historic clocks—the Model A mystery clock and Comet clock—both made in 1912.
The Rotonde de Cartier features a sun that appears to levitate from left to right in the upper part of the dial (thanks to a mysterious movement), while the retrograde minutes are displayed at the bottom.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon CHronograph
Audemars Piguet’s iconic Royal Oak Offshore turns 25 this year and to mark this milestone, the brand releases a brand new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph featuring a bold and very contemporary design—and an entirely new movement.
The commemorative piece will come in either stainless steel or pink gold, each limited to 50 pieces. When the Royal Oak Offshore was introduced in 1993, it was way ahead of its time.
Fast-forward 25 years and this rebel is still pushing boundaries.
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planétarium
Van Cleef & Arpels turns poetic once more with its latest mechanical masterpiece—a feminine version of the Midnight Planétarium, a watch the maison introduced four years ago.
Truly a marvel to wear on the wrist, the timepiece mesmerises with a miniature version of a portion of the solar system.
On a beautiful aventurine dial, the Lady Arpels Planétarium illustrates Mercury, Venus and the Earth rotating around the sun in their actual positions, while the moon completes its orbit around the Earth in 29.5 days.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Complete Calendar Collection Excellence Platine
Since 2006, Vacheron Constantin has offered collectors the opportunity to own a timepiece from its Collection Excellence Platine line crafted in a 950 platinum case and with a sand-blasted dial bearing the secret “Pt950” inscription.
This year, the Traditionnelle complete calendar finds its way to this prestigious line, with just 100 individually numbered pieces produced.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S
Roger Dubuis stays true to its mantra, “dare to be rare,” with the Excalibur Aventador S, whose movement is inspired by the incredible engine of the Lamborghini Aventador S.
This limited edition timepiece features a multi-layer carbon skeleton case, and is driven by a Duotor skeleton calibre equipped with a double-sprung balance.
And as with all of Roger Dubuis’ timepieces, it bears the prestigious Geneva seal.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur MIlitary
The Marine Torpilleur Military is your ultimate modern marine chronometer, equipped with a manufacture movement that features a proprietary silicium anchor escapement.
The piece comes with an elegant eggshell white dial, or a chic black dial matched with orange Arabic numerals and superluminova-coated hands.
Ready to accompany you on your aquatic adventures, the timepiece is water resistant to 50 metres.
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IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition "150 Years"
As IWC marks 150 years in the watchmaking business, it will unveil a special Jubilee collection comprised of 27 limited edition models from the Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot’s Watches and Da Vinci families.
One of these special pieces is the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” watch, where the brand combines a perpetual calendar and a tourbillon—equipped with a constant-force mechanism—in a watch for the first time. Only 50 pieces will be produced.
Montblanc Star Legacy Rieussec Chronograph
Montblanc revisits its 2008 Rieussec monopusher chronograph and presents a more aesthetically refined version.
The watch’s dial has been redesigned to give it better proportions and improved legibility, while its counters and turning discs have been domed to give it a three-dimensional effect.
The Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Rieussec is driven by a monopusher chronograph manufacture movement equipped with a column-wheel mechanism.
Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 390
Parmigiani Fleurier doesn’t disappoint with its latest Bugatti-inspired timepiece, which this year pays tribute to the Bugatti Chiron.
This stunning timepiece features a horizontal cylindrical mechanical movement with a flying tourbillon, making it truly an engine block on the wrist.
Inspired by the components used for the Bugatti Chiron, the PF390 movement is equipped with a bevel gear differential to show the power reserve. The piece is available in rose and white gold, each produced in only 10 pieces.
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Hermès Arceau Chrono Titane
Despite its sporty bead-blasted titanium case, the Arceau Chrono Titane is resolutely equestrian, with its distinct stirrup-shaped lugs—a design by celebrated Hermès artistic director Henri d’Origny.
The piece features a chronograph function and promises 42 hours of autonomy. The piece is fitted with a plain or embossed Barenia calfskin strap with saddle stitching.
H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillon Concept
In the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept watch, H. Moser & Cie lets the flying tourbillon get our undivided attention as it is laid against a pared-down dial—sans a logo and indices.
This refined, minimalist approach has become somewhat of a signature of H. Moser & Cie, and has earned a cult following within watch circles.
The flying tourbillon takes pride of place at 6 o’clock against a beautiful blue fumé dial framed within a white-gold case.
Greubel Forsey QP à Équation
The dynamic duo of Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey doesn’t disappoint with its latest mechanical masterpiece, the QP à Équation. The watch’s 624- part movement features a perpetual calendar and an equation of time.
At the heart of this piece is what the designers refer to as the “Mechanical Computer,” which, among other factors, streamlines functions— including the correction of days—by a simple turn of the crown.
The dial indicates leap years, a day and night indicator, day, date, month, time and power reserve, while the back displays the equation of time with the months, seasons, solstices and equinoxes, and the calendar year.
Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Automatic
Piaget proves that it is indeed the king of ultra-thin watches as it presents the Altiplano Ultimate 910P watch, whose movement and case—which together contain 238 components—have a combined thickness of a mere 4.33mm.
Holding the record for the world’s thinnest mechanical automatic watch, it took three years to develop. With its components in full view, its bridges have been given a beautiful sunburst pattern, and have been chamfered, while its wheels have been given either a sunburst or circular satin finish.
The piece comes in a case of white or pink gold.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”
In honour of A. Lange & Söhne founder Walter Lange, who passed away in January this year, the brand created the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” watch, which displays a rarely seen jumping seconds hand—a feature inspired by a complication designed by no less than Ferdinand Adolph Lange over 150 years ago.
Measuring 40.5mm, its case comes in yellow, rose, or white gold, and matched with a silver dial with black numerals and a chapter ring that’s very distinct of the 1815 collection.
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