Architectural Prowess: Greubel Forsey, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Montblanc Heritage
The 2017 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) took place recently, from January 16-20 in Geneva. A premier event for the fine watch community, SIHH is a platform for the world’s leading luxury watch brands from the Richemont Group to showcase their newest timepieces. This week we’ll be showcasing some of the standout watches this year.
The Grande Sonnerie by Greubel Forsey
With its architectural balance and careful movements, The Grande Sonnerie, Greubel Forsey’s latest offering at SIHH this year, is a striking one. Measuring 43.5 mm in diameter and 16.13 mm high, the timepiece features a self-winding system for 20 hours of power reserve, and a 72-hour chronometric power reserve. With three modes to choose from—Grande Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie, and Silence—the watch is snug in a titanium cage. Limited to five-eight pieces a year, the watch is already making wrist reservations.
Hybris Artistica by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Hybris Artistica collection is an inventive and creative one—and one that now encompasses two new stellar offerings. Three ladies’ models (in red, white, or blue), and a men’s model too, will now join the collection to show time in a new way—without hands. A suspended orbital tourbillon, held by a fixed dial, tells the hour, and a flange disc shows the minutes. Of note are the timepiece’s luxurious details, such as its white gold case, snow-set diamonds, mother-of-pearl dial covered in gold leaf, and embedded gemstones of either a sapphire or a ruby for marking its minutes.
Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Rattrapanta Limited Edition 8 by Montblanc Heritage
Since 1858, Montblanc Heritage has produced timepieces that are true to performance, and a direct testament to the house’s dedication to craftsmanship. This year, we are seeing the new Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Rattrapanta Limited Edition 8—a monopusher split-second chronograph with the watchmaker’s renowned ExoTourbillon. In a slim gold case with curved horns and a stepped bezel, the three-dimensional dial is enhanced by the small second’s subdial and the 30-minute counter, which both show an azure motif and an opaline decoration. With sword-shaped hands for the minutes and seconds, and baton-shaped hands for the day and night, the new timepiece is an artistic and bold piece from the house—and without a doubt one of this year’s finest offerings.