Pre-SIHH 2017: Seven remarkable new watches to look out for
Piaget Altiplano Self-Winding 43mm
Piaget introduces a new classic this year: the Altiplano Self-Winding 43mm. Revisiting the aesthetic codes of the first ultra-thin Piaget models, the timepiece features a casing that measures a mere 2.35mm-thin, and is equipped with Calibre 1200P, a modern calibre presented in 2010 for the 50th anniversary of the legendary 12P. A vision of elegance, the sleek minimalist look is complete with a sunburst dial in a suave, deep blue, applied white gold hour-markers and slim baton-hands.
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon
An alluring timepiece at first sight and beyond, the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon is as technically sophisticated and complex as it is visually stunning. It houses the 9407 MC calibre, with the double tourbillon escapement seemingly floating in space at 10 o'clock, and a chiming mechanism. The hammers are visible on the dial side of the 45mm manual-wind timepiece, as the construction of the watch is designed to optimise the quality and quantity of sound.
Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio - 47mm
A tribute to the Radiomir watches of the 1930s, the Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio boasts a 12-sided bezel in brushed steel, with smoothed, polished angles for an updated aesthetic. The bezel is screwed onto the classic cushion caseband, and is engraved with the words 'Officine Panerai - Brevettato' - the same engraving that featured on the historic models. On the back of the case, a sapphire window reveals the P.3000 hand-wound mechanical movement, with large bridges covering the greater part of the wheelwork.
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase
Here's a moon phase worth getting excited about: What sets Lange 1 Moon Phase apart from the others is the innovative moon phase display integrated with day and night indication - employing a realistic concept, there are two discs at the display, with the different times of day represented by varying blue hues on a sky disc. During the day, you'll see a bright sky without stars; at night, the display shows a dark sky with laser-cut stars. Meanwhile, the disc carrying the moon rotates as normal for a moon phase indication. The timepiece runs on the Caliber L 121.3, a fully in-house movement with a 72-hour power reserve that is manually-wound.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon
Eye-catching from the get-go, the Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon flaunts a unique dial hand-engraved with a guilloché pattern - a reflection of the Maison's mastery of a refined skill with 18th-century beginnings. On the other hand, its original Manufacture movement - Caliber 2755 TMR - combines two of the most demanding complications, the tourbillon and minute repeater. The sapphire caseback displays the complex movement, composed of 471 parts and adorned with 40 jewels.
Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition
Those who have an eye for vintage style will appreciate the design of the 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition - from the full-satinated bronze case to the cognac alligator leather strap, and the beautiful champagne dial with a sunray finish, the timepiece exudes an air of old elegance and sophistication. At the heart of this limited edition model is a traditional manual monopusher chronograph movement - the Minerva Calibre MB M16.29 - and a power reserve of 50 hours.
IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36
This is one for the ladies. Smaller and slimmer than its counterparts, the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 poses a more feminine form with its rounded crown and a recessed inner circle on the dial. The IWC459307 model shines with a white gold case and diamond-set bezel, coupled with an alligator leather strap by Santoni in dark brown. Meanwhile, the moon phase display, which has been part of the Da Vinci family since 1985, rightfully takes centre-stage on the silver-plated dial.