SIHH 2018 is less than a week away! As the excitement mounts, our showcase of pre-SIHH watches gets glitzier. Take a tour of the novelties that will shine brightly at this mega watch show.
Prestigious watch brands and independent watchmakers will vie for the attention of the ‘by-invite-only audience’ at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH). The grand show for luxury watches gears up to open Year 2018 with its 28th edition. Apart from presenting new collections, SIHH also indicates trends in fine watchmaking, predicts market scenarios and exposes the talent pool of the watch industry. SIHH is scheduled from 15th to 19th January, 2018.
SIHH will host brands, watchmakers, retailers and journalists from across the world. The decor, hospitality and services at the show will be in sync with the spirit of the show. Founders, artisan-creators, brand ambassadors and friends of the brands will make SIHH a melting pot of ideas.
Needless to say, Hands On Time will bring you live updates from SIHH. And now to build up the fervour, here are six stunning timepieces to give you a preview of what you could expect in the coming week.
Excalibur Spider Pirelli by Roger Dubuis
Fine watchmaking and motorsports have always been in mutual admiration. Pushing boundaries with its ‘dare to be rare’ attitude, Roger Dubuis is set to launch the Excalibur Spider Pirelli. It has been created in partnership with Perfect Fit Pirelli. This partnership is rooted in the fact that exclusive service is a must for those seeking to make a lasting imprint on the tarmac. Black titanium and white accents make the watch a perfect reminder of the thrill of motor racing. The fluted titanium black DLC skeletonised bezel is complemented by a crown over-moulded with white rubber. The brand has created the straps with winning Pirelli motorsport tyre rubber. Roger Dubuis is all set to win hearts of watch connoisseurs and motorsports lovers alike. And with that the brand throws the ball in your court. Do you ‘dare to be rare’?
Endeavour Tourbillon Concept by H. Moser & Cie
Here’s a timepiece that’s minimalist and irresistibly sexy. The Endeavour Tourbillon Concept features the Maison’s fumé dial, one bereft of logo or indices. It is so artistically minimal that it’s impossible for it to be simple.
The tourbillon complication further adds to its appeal. The flying tourbillon takes centre stage in the pared-back dial. It appears to float weightlessly. The white gold case is juxtaposed with the Funky Blue dial. Made from 18-carat solid red gold, the oscillating weight is skeletonised to reveal the mechanism. It features leaf shaped hours and minute hands. It has hand-stitched and buffed kudu leather strap.
The watch has been created in a limited edition of 20 pieces. An irreverent piece of haute horlogerie, this creation of Moser has the potential of being a family heirloom.
Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon by Cartier
The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon flaunts the aesthetic signature of Cartier. Cartier finds the perfect balance between clean design and flamboyant style. The watch has a tourbillon that appears to be suspended in mid-air. It effects a complete rotation in 60 seconds. The tourbillon cage performs a second rotation in which each round takes 5 minutes. All of the components of the movement are hand-finished: the bridges chamfered, flanks drawn and screw heads polished. The Maison has very cleverly juxtaposed the curves of the mysterious movement with the clean lines of the openwork architecture.
Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton by Girard-Perregaux
The elegant skeleton work of the watch speaks volumes of the daring minds that have created this watch. A flying tourbillon is a difficult complication. Combining it with a skeletonised framework is nothing short of a horological feat.
Girard-Perregaux’s latest creation sports a unique graphic octagonal bezel. The flying tourbillon is fitted into a 42 mm-diameter case made of 18K pink or white gold. The metallic bracelet with a contemporary design completes the design aesthetic of the watch. The dial is pared down to the absolute minimum. Minimalism and aesthetics share an unequivocal rapport in the architecture of this watch. The Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton is deemed as the flagship model of the Laureato collection. That makes Girard-Perregaux a milestone-setter for skeletonised watches.
Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph by Audemars Piguet
Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph features a contemporary dial design. One of its versions has an 18-carat pink gold case. It is a limited edition of 50 pieces.
The Tourbillon Chronograph’s black dial shows-off the skeletonised movement. It is intricately crafted to give the watch a sporty, outdoorsy look. It comes with a black rubber strap that accentuates the strong masculine feel of the watch. The Chronograph is a style statement for a globe-trotting, adventure-loving gentleman.
Vortex Gamma Magma by Hautlence
Vortex Gamma Magma by Hautlence dazes you with its stark beauty and hypnotising power. The highlight of this creation is the use of HLLightColor. It’s a material that can be body tinted to take on a specific shade of any colour. It is borrowed from the automotive and aerospace industries. Being highly resilient and light, it allowed Hautlence to create a flamboyant watch with bold hues.
For the watch’s design, the brand has drawn inspiration from TRON style. The minute dial lays bare the self-winding calibre. Black architectural lines and orange as the unifying colour add a touch of class. Its display features hours, retrograde minutes and power reserve indicator. It brings new dynamism to modern concept of timekeeping. A strap in black Louisiana alligator leather completes the look of the Vortex Gamma Magma.
These are our Six Stunners – timepieces that will leave watch aficionados enthralled. Do you have a favourite? Tell us your preferences in the comments section below and we will tell you all about your favourite watches ‘live’ from Geneva. Stay tuned!