The best of SIHH 2017: Top 10 novelties
Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, A. Lange & Söhne
The world may be moving towards the digital age but the horological industry still loves its mechanical masterpieces and rightfully so. At SIHH 2017, these hand-crafted horological wonders take centrestage and these are the top 10 timepieces that should be on your 2017 must-have list.
A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual "Pour le Mérite"
It's five complications in one with the new watch from A. Lange & Söhne. The maison adds to the fusée-and-chain transmission, a tourbillon, a chronograph and a rattrapante function of its predecessor with the perpetual calendar. The latest complication features a moon phase that is set to stay correct for over 120 years as well as a date function that will remain accurate for a century after a minor adjustment this year.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
Audemars Piguet saw the popularity of its vibrant-coloured chronographs last year and have decided to splash the colourful palette onto its non-chronograph versions as well. The Royal Oak Offshore Diver, a 42mm stainless steel case timepiece, is now available in white, dark blue, acid yellow, lime green and bright orange.
Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra Limited Edition
In 1964, the Cobra Daytona Coupe set a speed record at Le Mans and to honour that history-making race, as well as a budding new partnership between Baume & Mercier and the automotive company, the maison has released the Clifton Club Shelby Cobra. Limited to only 196 pieces to reflect the historic year, the timepiece features a blue and white dial as well as a seconds hand that takes the shape of a cobra head.
Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie
The new crowning glory in the Greubel Forsey stable, the maison's first Grand Sonnerie took 11 years of unrelenting pursuit of excellence to create, in which 935 parts were involved. Making it even more impressive is the dimensions that houses these parts; only 43.5mm in diameter and 16.13mm and to ensure its exclusivity, only five to eight pieces will be produced a year.
IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph
IWC's 2017 novelty combines a tourbillon, a retrograde date and a chronograph set within a special red gold case. Despite the several complications within a single dial, the aesthetic still remains clean with clear legibility courtesy of very organised and systematic placements.
Richard Mille RM 50-03 McLaren F1
At under 40grams, Richard Mille has succeeded in creating the world's lightest mechanical chronograph. This is in part due to the use of a new material named graphene, marking the first time its ever used in watch-making. Only 75 pieces of this record-breaking watch will be made and it comes with a complementary miniature model of the championship winning McLaren-Honda Formula One car.
Panerai Lab-ID special edition
It's a showcase of the unlimited potential of carbon with Panerai's new offering. Each element in this limited edition timepiece – only 50 will be produced – carries elements of the material from the case that utilises carbon fibre to the dial which is filled with carbon nanotubes. To top it off, the maison assures that the complex movement would not require any form of lubrication for at least 50 years!
Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2
Ulysse Nardin's InnoVision 2 is an extension of its ground-breaking predecessor and once again showcases the maison's technological mastery as well as perhaps forge a path for the future of watch-making thanks to the use of new materials. Here, 10 major innovations have been put to the fore, from dual constant escapement and 3D- hands, that fuse traditional savoir faire with modern advancements.
Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600
The one-of-a-kind timepiece is an ode to everything astronomy, with 23 complications on both front and back. These include the sidereal time, moon phase, tide levels as well as an Earth-Moon-Sun alignment shown three-dimensionally.
Parmigiani Toric Chronomètre
Opting for a more classic and minimalistic approach, the Parmigiani Toric Chronomètre shows that simplicity is a trend that will never go away. This Greek-inspired timepiece features white or red gold case, an opaline dial in smooth or textured versions as well as javelin hands that attract the eye.
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