Pre-SIHH 2017 sneak peek: The timepieces to look out for
Van Cleef & Arpels, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin
The time for an horological showcase is almost here once again. As the Richemont Group fraternity prepares to gather in Geneva to showcase their watchmaking wonders, Buro 24/7 Middle East shares the top five must-see timepieces at the upcoming SIHH 2017.
Van Cleef & Arpels
It's all about nature as Van Cleef & Arpels looks set to present the Lady Arpels Papillon Automate watch. A showcase of enameling mastery, the dial features a butterfly motif with wings that flutter automatically or on demand through a push-button. Elsewhere, blue, mauve and violet sapphires bedeck the face alongside round and pear-shaped diamonds to create a stunning nature-inspired backdrop.
Roger Dubuis' iconic Excalibur collection will welcome three new additions: Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt, Excalibur Spider Skeleton Automatic and Excalibur 36. The highlight of the maison's SIHH 2017 piece is arguably the use of cobalt chrome in the Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt. Using advanced and highly sophisticated technology and processes, the exclusive material traditionally used in aeronautics is integrated masterfully to create a stunning aesthetic element as well as offer durability and exceptional resistance to corrosion.
Putting the spotlight on the night-time beauty of three major cities – Geneva, Paris and New York – Vacheron Constantin's new Métiers d'Art Villes Lumières collection is the result of a savoir-faire marriage between Grand Feu champlevé enameling and the hand-application of precious powder. The gold, pearl, platinum and diamond powder are scattered perfectly to illuminate the nocturnal essence of the cities, complete with landmarks and famed streets from the Eiffel Tower to Central Park.
A new chapter was recorded in the history of Montblanc as it adds bronze as one of its design elements. The metal, with its unique sheen, adds to the vintage military aesthetics of the newly unveiled timepieces in the 1858 Collection: Montblanc 1858 Chronometer Tachymeter Limited Edition 100, Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time and Montblanc 1858 Automatic. The old-world charm of the watches is enhanced even further by the straps that have been treated to offer an aged look.
Baume & Mercier
Baume & Mercier introduces two new timepieces that share a common theme: a shimmering deep blue dial. While the 43mm Clifton GMT Power Reserve features dual time zone functionality, the delicate 34mm Promesse watch is equipped with a moon phase, all of which afford the globe-trotter a means of convenience in addition to style. Rounding off the looks of the new timepieces are black alligator leather straps; black for the Clifton and midnight blue for the Promesse.