The Hottest Watches from SIHH 2017
Held in Geneva, Switzerland each January, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is the first of the two major world exhibitions for the Swiss watch industry. Thousands of media personnel, collectors and retailers storm Switzerland for the first glimpse at the latest innovations in watchmaking. The event creates a flurry of excitement for watch enthusiasts eager to see what their favorite brands will announce and what will be the hot, new watches for the coming year.
While Baselworld retains claim as the largest event each year, don’t let the unassuming exterior of Geneva’s Palexpo fool you… what lies inside is an oasis of haute horology. Explore this recap to discover some of our favorite pieces from SIHH 2017 that represent the newest releases in modern watchmaking.
The Clifton Club is an entirely new collection for Baume & Mercier that features a classic style blended with sporty aesthetics and a pop of color. This sporty collection is a great compliment to Baume & Mercier’s existing offerings of more classically traditional designs. Available in five versions, the Clifton Club is a great option for men looking for a multipurpose, stylish sports watch.
Baume & Mercier continues their relationship with Shelby in 2017 with a new limited edition collection of Shelby-themed timepieces—the Clifton Club Shelby Cobra. This new collection features an entirely new case design and two new movement options. The Clifton Club Shelby Cobra is available in two versions, fitted with either a self-winding chronograph or a flyback chronograph movement.
Following the release of the Geophysic Universal Time in 2015, Jaeger LeCoultre has upped the ante this year by adding a flying tourbillon. The Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time is the first timepiece to feature both a flying tourbillon and a world time function. Cased in platinum, this impressive timepiece is visually captivating and limited to 100 pieces.
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The Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time wasn’t the only announcement from the brand at SIHH regarding their Geophysic collection. Jaeger LeCoultre also announced that the Geophysic True Second and Geophysic Universal Travel Time will now be available on a new interchangeable bracelet. The size of the bracelet can be quickly adjusted and it features a patent-pending lever system that allows the bracelet to be swapped for a strap quickly and easily without the use of a tool.
Celebrating the Master Control collection’s 25th anniversary, Jaeger LeCoultre released special edition timepieces of the Master Control Date, Chronograph and Geographic models. The existing versions are enriched with vintage inspiration including a two-tone sector dial, light blue accents and skeletonized baton hands. These design elements are sure to appeal to those who enjoy a vintage touch in their timepieces.
One of Jaeger LeCoultre’s most complex collections, the Duométre collection, is receiving a fresh look. The Sphérotourbillon, Quantième Lunaire and Chronographe models now feature magnetite grey dials framed in a 42mm pink gold case. This new interpretation further enhances the Duométre’s appeal with its masterful complications, unique style and exceptional movement design.
Jaeger LeCoultre’s elegant and refined Rendez-Vous collection of ladies watches is getting larger! In addition to the ever-popular 34mm case size, the Rendez-Vous Night & Day will now be available in a larger 38.5mm case. The collection is available in steel or yellow gold, with or without diamond accents.
At SIHH this year, Panerai announced their newest and most advanced timepiece to date, the LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days (PAM700). Centered around a 49mm Carbotech case, this impressive timepiece is crafted from high-tech materials and boasts a 50-year guarantee. The use of these innovative materials has reduced friction to a minimum, enabling the movement to require no oil or lubrication of any kind. To create an extremely dark black appearance, the dial is coated with carbon nanotubes which practically absorb all light that hits the dial.
Another unique innovation was announced by Panerai at SIHH 2017, a new revolutionary material called BMG-TECH. The name stands for Bulk Metallic Glass which is a material made from a special glass-like alloy that is very light, high strength and has an extreme resistance to wear. While BMG-TECH doesn’t seem drastically different in appearance, the material is harder and lighter than steel, and is incredibly resistant to external shocks and magnetic fields. Panerai’s Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECH 3 Days (PAM692) will be the first mechanical watch created with this revolutionary material.
Tonda 1950 Steel
Previously only offered in precious metals, Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda 1950 collection will now be available with a stainless steel case. At 40mm, the steel version is slightly larger than the precious metal versions and is available with a black or white dial. The timepiece features a PF702 automatic movement with a 48-hour power reserve which can be admired through the sapphire case-back.
Parmigiani Fleurier’s Toric collection has always been synonymous with high-complication timepieces, with these models historically possessing minute repeater functions. At SIHH, Parmigiani unveiled the Toric Chronometre, a COSC-certified chronometer with date. While it retains the signature style of the collection, the aesthetic of the Toric Chronometre is more understated and streamlined. The Toric Chronometre is available in four different versions—a white or red gold case paired with either a black or white dial.
Parmigiani unveiled a new version of their popular Bugatti Aerolithe timepiece with some exciting aesthetic updates. Designed to pay homage to the 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe Coupe, this timepiece is filled with beautiful details that are reminiscent of the design of the car. Equipped with a flyback chronograph, the Bugatti Aerolithe Performance uses the same PF335 automatic movement as the previous version. There is a nod to the world of high-speed pursuits in the double tachometer, which has km/h indications in red and mph in blue in reference to Bugatti’s signature colors.
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