Celestial Complications: Vacheron Constantin, Girard-Perregaux, IWC Schaffhausen, A. Lange & Söhne, Parmigiani Fleurier
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.
After five years of development, one dedicated master-watchmaker at Vacheron Constantin managed to create a unique, twin-dial Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600. On the front and back of the dial are a whopping 23 astronomical complications which can be read in three modes: civil, solar, and sidereal.
Girard-Perregaux‘s Planetarium Tri-Axial is a true wonder, defying gravity with a 3D rotation of its tourbillon and a 3D globe that completes a full turn once every 24 hours. It features a rare triple-axis tourbillon, which can be best admired from its stunningly-designed case.
This year, IWC Schaffhausen presented the Da Vinci Collection, a throwback to 1980s watch design with a thin, classic round case. With the new collection, said IWC CMO Franziska Gsell, “We are consciously trying to anchor the brand in the minds of women, who account for a significant proportion of watch lovers.”
A. Lange & Söhne‘s TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL is the fifth from its “Pour le Mérite” series. The watch combines a fusée-and-chain transmission, a tourbillon, a chronograph, a rattrapante function, and a perpetual calendar. Not only is the timepiece a hallmark of complication, it is utterly classic in design with traditional Arabic numerals, a railway-track minute scale, a calendar with gold hands, and a cloverleaf arrangement in the subsidiary dials that pays tribute to the brand’s pocket watches.
Parmigiani Fleurier‘s Tonda 1950 Set Galaxy was inspired by the feeling of vertigo. The brand’s dial-makers were challenged with making a dial that captured the night sky. Craftsman used aventurine glass to with flecks of copper that look like the stars above, is encircled in a case of diamonds with a white opal crown.