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Tag: SIHH 2019

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Photo courtesy of SIHH

Trends in the watch industry are an interesting phenomenon: definitely not adherent to fashion’s model of trends—changing from day to day in drastic leaps—but still very much reactive to a demanding market’s (regional or global) tastes, preferences, and sense of aesthetics, albeit with the consideration that, unlike clothes, watches are essentially machines meant to last a lifetime.

While traditionalism and classic design will always be in vogue in the world of horology, we couldn’t help but notice a few interesting trends and developments at this year’s edition of SIHH.

Colored Dials

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Specifically, in blue, green, and black. The movement that prompted every manufacture to create timepieces in everything from aquamarine and cobalt to navy and turquoise is still going strong in 2019, with nearly every brand—with notable adherents like Jaeger-LeCoultre, Girard-Perregaux, and Vacheron Constantin leading the pack—imbuing their timepieces with different iterations of the hue.

Green was a massive favorite with brands as well, specifically when paired with bronze cases and details which serve to highlight the tones of both the dial and the metal that surrounds it, as in IWC Schaffhausen’s reimagining of its iconic Pilot’s watches.

Have a penchant for the darker side of life? Also spotted were black watches of every persuasion, with many clearly designed to cater to the tastes of a younger market.

Skeleton Movements

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Few details scream high horology like a skeleton movement, which puts a manufacture’s expertise front and center through a masterful blend of minimalism and frills.

This year, manufactures such as Roger Dubuis show off their respective design visions and ideals with signature pieces that pull the curtains back on the feat of engineering that is the mechanical timepiece, releasing pieces inspired by everything from hypercars to the cosmos.

Bejeweled Watches

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Minimalism was definitely not a buzzword at this year’s edition of the Genevan watch fair. From monochromatic stunners paying tribute to specific stones to rainbow-inspired pieces, to diamond pavé on any and every surface imaginable, manufacturers explored gem-setting techniques and pushed the boundaries of their aesthetics when creating men’s and women’s watches alike.   

Rose Gold

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No matter what the manufactures are calling it—rose gold, pink gold, or any one of the exclusive proprietary alloys in the same family—the metal was having a movement.

There was barely a yellow gold sighting in Geneva, with manufactures like A. Lange & Söhne and Ferdinand Berthoud spotlighting the warm, rosy complexity of this material to complement and elevate more neutral and traditional tones, textures, and finishes.

Innovative Materials

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For manufactures, this was a year of experimentation with new techniques and materials, with iconic models reimagined in ways that brought together design and technology.

SIHH 2019 was abuzz with the unveiling of iconic models in proprietary materials like A. Lange & Sohne’s Honey Gold Langematik and Panerai’s many, many Submersibles in Carbotech and BMG-Tech. Taking familiar materials like ceramic, but giving them an added aesthetic twist, as in IWC’s sand-colored ceramic in its Top Gun-edition chronograph and Audemars Piguet’s brand new Offshore in a chocolatey take of the material, were also key highlights of the fair.

Ultra-Thin Watches

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Much like the quest for accuracy, watchmakers have challenged themselves with turning already minuscule movements into thinner and thinner mechanisms. Many have achieved this ironically herculean task, showing off their achievements in Geneva, with many watches seemingly slimmer than the last. Best embodied in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Ultra-Thin models and Piaget’s Altiplano, and even Audemars Piguet’s extra thin Royal Oak, this year, thin is in.

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This year, A. Lange & Söhne looks to its roots in exceptional mechanics and sleek, powerful German design for an exceptional collection that expresses the manufacture’s undeniable mastery of high horology.

Here are some of the highlights from SIHH 2019.

Zeitwerk Date

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Who’d have thought that it’s been 10 years since the inception of the groundbreaking Zeitwerk? Introduced in 2009, this easily-recognizable timepiece is reimagined this year with an additional function—a ring-shaped date display—that demanded the creation of a completely new movement. In line with the spirit of innovation and exceptional design, this watch takes an oft-overlooked complication and gives it a distinct edge, building on it in a way that only the manufacture can.

Langematik Perpetual Honeygold

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This year, the manufacture melds its exclusive metal alloy, Honeygold, and the self-winding Langematik Perpetual timepiece. First created in 2010, the warm-toned metal is a special mix of fine gold and other minerals specially heat-treated to make it harder than any other gold alloy. Imbued with the exceptional warmth and lustre of this metal, the Langematik Perpetual is taken to new heights even beyond its outsize date display, perpetual calendar function, and patented zero-reset mechanism.

Richard Lange Jumping Seconds

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One look at the Richard Lange Jumping seconds is enough to understand that this timepiece is a mechanical force to be reckoned with, and the newly-released white gold and black variation on this contemporary classic is a dark, Bauhaus-inspired take on the model. Like its predecessor, the new release is all at once a tribute to Richard Lange’s contributions to the world of horology, an exhibition of the manufacture’s expertise in creating high-precision timepieces, and a modern reimagining of one of the brand’s most beautiful releases.

Lange 1 “25th Anniversary”       

 

Kicking off the manufacture’s 25th anniversary series is a watch that is the very definition of groundbreaking. First launched in 1994, the iconic model celebrates a quarter of a century of horological excellence, accuracy, precision, and design. The dominant blue and silver that runs throughout the design hark to this period’s key aesthetics, but interpreted in a uniquely A. Lange & Söhne way, while a white gold case houses the manufacture’s L121.1 manual movement. A commemorative “25” is engraved on the balance cock, viewable through the clear caseback, while the hinged cuvette is engraved with a depiction of the Lange’s historic headquarters, the names of its founders, and a relief of the words “25 Years Lange 1”. Only 250 of these beautiful pieces will be produced.

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For this year’s edition of Geneva’s biggest watch show, Swiss manufacture Girard-Perregaux explores the ideas of time and space with pieces inspired by a singular theme, namely, “Earth to Sky.”

Here are a few of our favorites from SIHH 2019.

Laureato Absolute Chronograph

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The manufacture’s iconic sports watch since its inception in the 1970s, the Laureato’s angular, powerful presence is reimagined in three new variations: the Absolute, the WW.TC, and the Chronograph. Melding modern trends and classic design with an avant garde twist, all are powerful statements, but it’s the latter that we fell for. The 44mm, polished black titanium case houses an automatic GP03300-1058 chronograph movement, and its black and blue gradient dial echoes the iconic image of space. Water-resistant to 300 meters, and with an injection-molded strap, it’s a sporty piece perfect for the fearlessly fashion-forward gentleman.

Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom

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Girard-Perregaux’s signature women’s collection, Cat’s Eye, also gets a cosmic makeover for 2019. The Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom adds a dash of whimsy to the line with the addition of a subtle, beautiful detail—the plum blossom—which oscillates to serve as a small seconds hand. The distinct elliptical case is adorned in three new finishes, namely mother-of-pearl, diamond pave, and aventurine. Aligning with the global trend for blue dials, it’s the aventurine that stays true to this year’s universal theme, reminiscent of a night sky shimmering with a million stars.

1966 – “Earth to Sky Edition”

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Initially perceived as the subtlest piece—in our humble opinion—in this release, the 1966 –“Earth to Sky Edition” seems almost reserved in design next to the other models unveiled at SIHH. This contemporary classic, however, adheres strongly to the Girard-Perregaux ideals of watchmaking excellence. It’s all in the details for this limited edition piece: a black DLC treated 40mm steel case houses the manufacture’s time-tested Calibre GP3300 calibre, viewable through the sapphire caseback, while touches like a rubber-patterned alligator strap and almost minimalist smoky blue dial, clearly inspired by the cosmos, round off this beautiful piece.

Bridges Cosmos

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We’ve saved the best (in this case, most complicated) for last. Staying true to its expertise in haute horlogerie, Girard-Perregaux unveiled the Bridges Cosmos, an undeniable ode to the wonders of the universe. This three-dimensional stunner houses the brand-new Calibre GP09320-1098, and features a tourbillon, world time complication, and sky chart. The latter displays the most visible constellations laser engraved on a blue-tinted globe, which rotates in the same amount of time as a sidereal day—23 hours, 58 minutes, and 4 seconds. A scale model of the Earth serves as a world time display, and offers impressive details like hollow oceans and raised continents. This unique timepiece also does away with a crown, symbolizing the limitlessness of the universe; all adjustments are made on the back of this masterpiece.

 

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar

It was a momentous start to the year for Audemars Piguet at SIHH 2019.  From new Royal Oak releases, to the buzzed-about release of the controversial Code 11.59 collection, the watch house is pushing its boundaries with both much-awaited pieces from iconic watch families and fresh new lines alike.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding Chronograph 38mm

Self-Winding Chronograph

Smaller wrists, rejoice: The Royal Oak Chronograph now comes in 38mm. And this one stays true to the nautical, industrial vibe of the line, forgoing the usual glitz that accompanies smaller AP pieces. We’re partial to this particular stainless steel model that has a silver, Grande Tapisserie dial with blue subdials.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Openworked

Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Openworked

They say the rainbow always comes after the rain, but in Audemar Piguet’s case, it comes with the snow. The rainbow is in the form of 32 baguette-cut sapphires on the bezel, and the snow in the 18-carat frosted gold case and bracelet. Together they frame the rhodium-toned, openworked dial and double balance wheel mechanism, making for a marvelous watch you’ll want to look at alllll day.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph

Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph

We love when AP plays with aesthetics, which they do quite frequently with the Offshore. The newest addition to the range, which comes in three different camouflage color schemes—blue, green, and brown— is another surprising, on-trend, youthful release. We love this 18-carat pink gold model with a brand new brown ceramic bezel, a first for the manufacture.

Audemars Piguet Haute Joaillerie Sapphire Orbe

Haute Joaillerie Sapphire Orbe

Haute Joaillerie gains another stunning piece in the shape of the Sapphire Orbe. Instead of the hard edges that the Diamond trilogy gave us, this model is all about winding curves, fashioned after the river in Le Brassus, home of Audemars Piguet. This piece houses ring after ring of blue & orange sapphires and diamonds, all encircling the blue sapphire-set sphere in the middle that can be turned to see the domed, orange sapphire-encrusted dial. Given the amount of work (1,050 hours), sapphires (6,034), and diamonds (6,069) that were put into it, it’s no surprise this high jewelry watch is limited to one piece.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar

Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar

Perhaps the most polarizing collection at this year’s SIHH was the Code 11.59. No matter what you think about the collection, we think that the perpetual calendar model stands out—and for good reason. Its aventurine dial and subdials resemble a starry sky, with a pink gold case enhancing the deep, flecked blue. Like the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, this houses a calibre 5134 movement. Love it or hate it, we think we should give the collection time to mature; after all, not everyone loved the Royal Oak when it first came out. As for us, we’re firmly on Team Love It.

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Flash and flamboyance certainly have their place in the world of timepieces, and heaven knows we love a loud, extravagant piece as much as we do more subdued designs. For SIHH 2019, it was all about the latter for Baume et Mercier, who unveiled beautiful, wearable pieces that follow in the footsteps of iconic models from the esteemed watch house.

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Classima Mother-of-Pearl Automatic with Diamond-Set Bezel M0A10479

Baume et Mercier expands their Classima Lady collection with eight different models, adding two new sizes to their already existing 31mm: 27mm and 34mm. However, we can’t help but gravitate to the newest 31mm piece. It’s hard not to, what with the subtle elegance of the nacre dial framed by a diamond-set bezel. Its beauty isn’t all in the front; its automatic movement can be admired through the see-through sapphire crystal caseback.

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Clifton Baumatic COSC Blue Dial Leather M0A10467

Baume et Mercier’s antimagnetic Baumatic collection gets a visual update in the form of three watches. One features a warm white dial with a red gold case, while the other two offer a cadran blue dial in a steel case—buyers are also given the option of either a steel bracelet or a black alligator strap. As with the other models in the collection, the COSC-certified movement, oscillating weight, and 5-day power reserve is visible through the caseback for all to appreciate.

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Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar M0A10470

Besides the purely aesthetic upgrade, Baume et Mercier also introduced a model with a perpetual calendar complication to their Baumatic collection. It has the timeless combination of a red gold case, hands, and indexes and a warm white dial, contrasting against blued steel counters. The perpetual calendar accounts for the day, date, month, leap year, and the moon phase. It comes with a black alligator strap, and, of course, the visible movement through the caseback.

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IWC’s SIHH 2019 presentation is all about pilot’s watches in innovative materials. Especially designed for life in the cockpit, these timepieces will have you feeling like an elite jet pilot.

Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium (IW371815)

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This model takes its name from the U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, which provides the best Navy pilots with flying and tactical training. As such, it’s designed for the rigors of life on an aircraft carrier. Made from a special material called Ceratanium, its case is as lightweight and robust as titanium and as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic.

Its matte black case ensures that pilots are not distracted by sunlight, and it can withstand extreme G-forces. The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium is also corrosion-resistant—a great feature when your watch is constantly exposed to humid, salty sea air. Its chronograph includes an integrated split-seconds hand mechanism for simultaneously measuring two periods of time.

Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Mojave Desert” (IW389103)

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This is the first watch made from sand-colored ceramic, and its hue perfectly matches the uniforms of navy pilots at the U.S. Naval Air Weapons Station in—you guessed it—the Mojave Desert. Available in a limited edition of 500 pieces, it runs on a 69380 calibre with a day-date function and a 46-hour power reserve.

Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight” (IW395501)

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This model was designed especially for pilots Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones, who are undertaking a round-the-world flight in a Spitfire. It includes IWC’s patented Timezoner mechanism, which allows you to change time zones simply by rotating the bezel. This automatically sets the hour hand, 24-hour display, and date to your current location. The Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight” runs on a self-winding Caliber 82760 with a 60-hour power reserve.

Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition “MJ271” (IW327101)

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If you prefer a dual time watch, this is the model for you. Named “MJ271” after the original call sign of the Silver Spitfire during its time of service, this is the first model to integrate a Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) function with an IWC-manufactured calibre. You can set the local and home time using the crown, then read the home time via the curved UTC display. The bronze case, green dial, and brown calf leather strap make a particularly attractive combination, and the case develops a special patina over time.

Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” (IW590303)

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This is IWC’s first pilot’s watch with a constant force tourbillon, so it stands to reason they’d give this feature a prominent place at 9 o’clock. Its case is made from hard gold, which is five to ten times harder and more wear-resistant than red gold. The Little Prince fans will be tickled to see the “Petit Prince” himself standing on the moon in the perpetual lunar phase display.

Panerai Submersible 42mm PAM00959

Panerai sails through this year’s SIHH with new takes on its iconic Submersible model. This year, the Italian watch manufacturer best known for creating military-grade timepieces contrasts a subdued color story with playing with various materials for its best-selling dive watch.

Here are some of the highlights unveiled at Geneva:

Panerai Submersible 42mm PAM00959

Panerai Submersible PAM00959

Bigger doesn’t always mean better: The PAM 00959 stands out from the group thanks to its being a 42mm in a collection full of 47mm diameters, with the decrease in size designed to be more wearable for smaller wrists. The blue ceramic bezel, complemented by a blue rubber dial, pops against the brushed steel case, with a dial inspired by shark skin. Powered by the OP XXXIV calibre, this piece—water resistant to 300m—may be diminutive, but performs just as well as the big boys. Sick of blue? The PAM00959 also comes in sleek black.

Panerai BMG-TECH PAM00799

Panerai BMG-TECH™ PAM00799

How does one actually make a Submersible better? Here’s one way: integrate a brand-new, patented material. One of the many products of Panerai’s spirit of innovation, BMG-TECH™ is a bulk metallic glass, made to withstand the elements with its heightened resistance to corrosion, external shock, and magnetic fields, making it an ideal case material for watches made for an active Paneristi lifestyle. Inside, this sleek stunner features an automatic P.9010 Panerai-made calibre, a rubber strap, three-day power reserve, and is, of course, water resistant to 300m.

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Panerai Submersible Luna Rossa PAM01039

After becoming the official sponsor of Luna Rossa Challenge, Panerai created a watch inspired by materials used on the Italian sailing team’s boat. The carbotech case, which houses a P.9010 calibre, echoes the material used on the hull of the Luna Rossa’s AC75. The caseback showcases the yacht, along with the team’s logo and the America’s Cup profile. Another wonderful detail is in the textured dial, which features actual pieces of the Luna Rossa sail.

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Panerai Submersible Guillame Néry Edition PAM00983

If you’re someone who loves free-diving, this edition might be calling your name. Inspired by free-diving champion and world record-breaker Guillaume Néry, this edition features a unique, commemorative engraving of Néry’s signature, along with his final record (126 meters). It’s also important to note that this particular black and turquoise model, of which only 15 pieces were made, boasts of a titanium case coated with a layer of Diamond-Like-Carbon—making it all the more resistant to scratches—a luminous blue dial, chronograph, and P.9100 calibre. Oh, and one more thing: each buyer will be given the exclusive opportunity to dive with Néry himself.

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Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition PAM00984

Inspired by legendary explorer, Panerai ambassador, and environmentalist Mike Horn, this Submersible was inspired by the adventurer’s own sense of sustainability and environmental responsibility. With the case made from EcoTitanium™—made from recycled titanium—and the strap made from recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), the manufacture strove to minimize its impact on the environment without compromising quality. Limited to 19 pieces, purchasing this piece also offers its owners the unique opportunity to train with Horn in the Arctic.

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Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech™ PAM00961

We’ll cut to the chase with this one. Like the two previous watches, this watch also gives its 33 owners a once-in-a-lifetime experience: Brushing shoulders with the Comsubin, the diving and commando group of the Italian Navy, during a unique and exclusive training session. As for the watch itself? It’s as tough as the unit that inspired it: a carbotech case houses an automatic P.9010 calibre, while an engraved titanium caseback displays the unit’s emblem. A beautiful camouflage-inspired dial complements the army green strap.

Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud revealed their “Oeuvre d’Or” collection at this year’s SIHH, and it takes its name—which translates to “art of gold”—very seriously.  This showstopper of a watch is a work of technical expertise and a perfect representation of high horology that reinterprets the original Chronomètre FB 1 while adding distinct touches like gem-setting and unique new finishes.

Ferdinand Berthoud’s newest masterpiece comes in a massively limited release of only 10 pieces—five in rose gold (the FB 1.2-1), and five in white gold (FB 1.1-2). Each version offers different, painstakingly designed details, an unsurprising touch considering the level of watchmaking to which the manufacture is held and to which it holds itself.

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The Ref FB 1.2-1 combines an 18-carat octagonal while gold case with an 18-carat rose gold dial, manually engraved and hand-patinated to give it an enchanting shine—one of the new finishes developed during the creation of this timepiece, which takes inspiration from the astronomical pocket watch that birthed the Chronometre FB1. Additional but elegant glimmer is provided by the addition of baguette-cut diamonds on the side of the gold case.   

The dial proudly showcases its tourbillon and its power reserve indicator, as well as individual watch numbers. Finally, the hours and minutes are neatly contained in a subdial, the hands blued gold, while the seconds, blued bronze, is located in the center.

Flip the watch and you’ll get a marvelous view of the its COSC-certified, manually-wound FB-T.FC3 mechanical movement. Another original finish may be found on the caseback: a “pyramid” motif engraved on its movement’s three-half-bridge surfaces. 

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From artisanal timepieces to show-stopping innovations, Vacheron Constantin shows us why it belongs in the Holy Trinity of watchmakers. Here are some of our favorite SIHH 2019 novelties from the manufacture.

Traditionelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar

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This timepiece represents a real horological feat: for the first time, you can switch the frequency of your watch to conserve its power when not in use. In “Active” mode, the Traditionelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar beats at 5 Hz and has a 4-day power reserve; in “Standby” mode, it changes to a much lower frequency of 1.2 Hz with a whopping 65-day power reserve. If that isn’t impressive, we don’t know what is.

Les Cabinotiers “Mécaniques Savages” Majestic Tiger

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The master craftsmen of Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers department combine traditional ornament engraving and wood marquetry to bring these fierce felines to life. Peripheral time and date displays allow the art to take center stage, and we love how these big cats look like they’re ready to pounce off the dial.

Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date

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The blue dial trend shows no signs of dying, and deep blue and pink gold make an unerringly elegant combination. Vacheron Constantin adds three new blue dial models to its Patrimony collection, and we’re particularly taken with the Retrograde Day-Date. At just 9.7 mm thick, it makes for a sleek watch, and a single crown controls all functions so as not to break the clean lines of its classic round case.

Overseas Tourbillon

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This timepiece represents another first for Vacheron Constantin: it’s the first tourbillon in the Overseas collection. Housed in a stainless steel case with a sunray blue dial, its ultra-thin self-winding movement has a power reserve of 80 hours. We especially like how its 22k gold peripheral rotor gives you an unobstructed view of the movement.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre has certainly started 2019 with a bang. Their gyrotourbillon Westminster perpetual calendar has generated a lot of excitement among watch journalists and enthusiasts, and their Ultra Thin Enamel series proves that the blue dial trend is here to stay. Their new offerings show a certain fascination with the cosmos as well, with several new moon phase watches making their debut. Here are our picks from their new collections.

Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel

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One of the most talked-about pieces at SIHH 2019, this model showcases Jaeger-LeCoultre’s expertise in creating high-precision tourbillons. It’s the first watch to combine a constant force multi-axis tourbillon with a Westminster minute repeater—so named after the chime of the famed Big Ben clock tower in London—and a perpetual calendar. The manufacture has managed to reduce the size of the tourbillon to make a more wearable watch without sacrificing its accuracy. When you have such a sophisticated timepiece, you’ll definitely want to be able to see all the action within the movement, and Jaeger-LeCoultre obliges with an openworked dial. Keeping the customer’s convenience in mind, Jaeger-LeCoultre has also designed a perpetual calendar that can be wound both forwards and backwards without damaging the movement.  It will be issued in a limited series of 18 pieces.

 

Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Enamel

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Jaeger-LeCoultre is renowned for their skill in producing slim movements. This year, they’ve created three new additions to their Master Ultra Thin Line in a captivating shade of blue, and we’re especially taken with the Perpetual Enamel. Its translucent dial is hand-guilloched, resulting in a luminous sunray-effect. Slender hour markers add to its air of refinement. Its complications include a day display at 3 o’clock, date at 9 o’clock, month and year at 12 o’clock, and moon phase at 6 o’clock. This model will be available in a limited series of 100 pieces.

 

Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel

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Jaeger-LeCoultre is particularly proud of their new moon displays, and with good reason. This model’s lunar phase is housed in a date circle at 6 o’clock, with hand-guilloched clouds keeping it in harmony with the rest of the dial. A beautifully polished moon disk shines against a starry midnight blue sky. The Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel will be available in a limited edition of 100 pieces.

Rendez-Vous Moon Jewellery

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The first thing one notices about this timepiece are the glittering rows of diamonds adorning its bezel, lugs, and inner circle. A gorgeous new prong setting allows each diamond to stand out in all its glory, bringing out its full radiance and shine. A mother-of-pearl moon set against a midnight blue aventurine sky peeks out from behind translucent guilloched clouds, complemented by a mother-of-pearl dial that resembles the face of the moon itself.

Rendez-Vous Moon Night & Day Jewellery

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If moon phases aren’t your speed, you might prefer the Night & Day Jewellery watch instead. It features a night and day function at 6 o’clock, and comes in white gold with a blue alligator leather strap or pink gold with a taupe alligator leather strap.

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