The 2018 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) took place last week 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. Whitewall was there, and this week we’re be showcasing some of the standout watches we saw.
Lange & Söhne
A new dimension in timekeeping comes with the first mechanical split-seconds chronograph in the world that allows multi-hour comparative time measurements. A. Lange & Söhne’s Triple Split (which comes in a limited edition 100 pieces) can measure additive and comparative times for as long as 12 hours. The grey dial in solid silver is color-coordinated with the 18-carat white-gold case that has a diameter of 43.2mm. The three-rattrapante hands in blue steel stand out against this color-coordination, whilst the hour and minute hands are luminous rhodiumed gold. A glance through the sapphire-crystal case back reveals the chronograph movement finished to the highest standard, illustrating the complexity of the timepiece.
Baume & Mercier
With the Baumatic caliber, ingenuity has reached new levels of performance. Operating 24/7/365, it maintains phenomenal efficiency and reliability over time. The Clifton Baumatic series introduces five models to the Clifton collection, exuding an elegant and urban style. Topped with a domed sapphire-crystal, a 40mm polished satin-finished steel case speaks to the confident and urban man. This timepiece set on an alligator strap fastens with a pin buckle. The strap is featured in a dark blue, deep black, or warm brown.
La Esmeralda Tourbillon with three gold bridges is splendidly ornate and ingeniously constructed. The entirely hand-engraved pink gold case picks up on motifs adorning the 1889 model. This one of a kind model pays homage to its forbear. A new interpretation of the La Esmeralda features a cover protecting the back and adding to the privileged intimacy of the wearer. Fitted with a triple sapphire crystal, the model is delivered with a black hand-sewn alligator leather strap secured by a pink golf-folding clasp.
Inspired by the iconic Memovoc Polaris watch from 1968, Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed a new collection. The dial architecture combines a mixture of finishings on three concentric circles. The large hands are filled with Super-LumiNova for visibility in low light. The new Polaris is offered in a black or ocean blue dial. Designed for urban elegance, the cases for this collection are brand new. They feature brushed and hand-polished surfaces, with rounded bezels. Issued in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, the Polaris Memovox features an alarm function within its stainless steel body.
With this re-envisioned collection, the Star Legacy Line pushes the boundaries of fine watch making. The Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph features black Arabic numerals and blued leaf-shaped hands on a pure silvery-white dial. This timepiece comes in a rounded 42mm stainless steel case, completed with a new blue Sfumato alligator leather strap from Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy. The Automatic Chronograph is also available in a slate grey dial and grey Sfumato alligator leather strap.
Vacheron Constantin presents its new Fifty-six collection with the addition of a pink gold oscillating open worked timepiece. This is the first time in its history that Vacheron Constantin has decided to offer a classic collection both in gold and in steel. Through the transparent sapphire crystal case back, the three-hand feature can be admired. The three hands indicate hours, minutes, and seconds with smaller hands indicating the day and date. This model is fitted with an alligator leather strap in warm brown.