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SIHH 2018: The Watches That Wowed Us On Day 2

SIHH 2018: The Watches That Wowed Us On Day 2
By Charlene Co
January 17, 2018
See which luxury watches caught our eye on day two of SIHH 2018 in Geneva
 
Photo: Kevin Cureau/Hong Kong Tatler
Photo: Kevin Cureau/Hong Kong Tatler

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planetarium 

Why we love it:

Let’s get one thing straight—the Lady Arpels Planétarium is not simply an adaptation of the Midnight Planétarium, a timepiece Van Cleef & Arpels introduced four years ago. It features a completely new case, dial and movement, where within a mere 38mm frame. Against a deep blue aventurine dial, we see Mercury, Venus and the Earth rotate around the Sun at their actual speeds.

A key addition to the timepiece is the Moon—made in a diamond—which rotates around the Earth at its actual rate of 29.5 days. In a timepiece that is as much a technical accomplishment as it is an aesthetic one, Van Cleef & Arpels proves that it still truly is the master of poetic complications.

Photo: Kevin Cureau/Hong Kong Tatler
Photo: Kevin Cureau/Hong Kong Tatler

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers 

Why we love it:

If you love artistic dials, are either a history buff or a romantic, Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers is a collection you must check out. Comprised of five watches, this whimsical collection captures the fearless and relentless balloonists of the late 1700s known as aérostiers. Each dial depicts specific balloon flights in France between 1783 and 1785, interpreted using various crafts including hand engraving, sculpting and for the first time for Vacheron Constantin, plique-à-jour enamelling.

The level of detail is astounding, making them truly miniature works of art. Beating inside these pieces is a manufacture movement featuring four discs that display the hour, minutes, day and date, and a dedicated oscillating weight. 

Photo: Kevin Cureau/Hong Kong Tatler
Photo: Kevin Cureau/Hong Kong Tatler

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris 

Why we love it:

Jaeger-Le Coultre, by its own admission, was missing a line that catered to more rugged inclinations. As such, the Maison revisits its iconic Memovox Polaris—a line launched 50 years ago—and creates a completely new collection that comprises of five models: a three-hand automatic, a chronograph and a chronograph world time, as well as two models for vintage lovers: the Polaris Date and Polaris Memovox.

Between these models are a total of 14 references, with variations made to its metal choice, size, strap and bracelets. Sporty elegance is the underlying theme of the collection, which makes it a beautiful and complementary addition to the Jaeger-LeCoultre family.

Need more convincing? The price is quite competitive, starting at a little over HK$50,000 for the time-only version. Make sure to put in your order, as we’re pretty sure these will sell like hotcakes come April when it hits Hong Kong.

Photo: Courtesy of Montblanc
Photo: Courtesy of Montblanc

Montblanc 1858 Geosphere 

Why we love it:

Featuring a world timer, two globes displaying the northern and southern hemispheres that make a full rotation in 24 hours, the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere was created in the spirit of mountain explorations. Dedicated to the world’s Seven Summit mountaineering challenge, the piece features a day/night indicator, a longitude reference meridian, a second time zone indicator and date, and is water resistant to up to 100 metres.

Turn the watch over and you will see the names of the seven most difficult summits to conquer, and on the globes marked in red are their exact locations. We love this watch because it features a multitude of practical functions, and what’s more, makes a great talking piece.

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See also: 8 Celebs You Might See At SIHH 2018 

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