Pre-SIHH 2019: Hermès, Vacheron Constantin, IWC Schaffhausen, Roger Dubuis, Girard-Perregaux
Meet the latest addition to the Arceau family—the Arceau 78. The name is a reference to the year where the now-iconic range was first introduced by Henri d'Origny. 40 years on, the timeless design looks as contemporary as ever, with its simple round case complemented by asymmetrical lugs inspired by stirrups alongside sloping numerals that evoke a horse's gallop and the Maison's playful interpretation of time. This Very Large Model draws the eye in with a beautifully finished anthracite dial delicately contrasted with cream-coloured details.
From one of the oldest watchmakers in the industry comes a truly majestic creation in the form of the Les Cabinotiers Grand Complication Phoenix. Inspired by the legend of the Phoenix, the one-of-a-kind twin-dial model features a grand number of 15 complications—a perpetual calendar, equation of time, sunrise and sunset, sky chart, seasons, signs of the zodiac, age and phase of the moon, solstices, sidereal hours and minutes, power, minute repeater and tourbillion—housed within an exquisite hand-engraved pink gold case. A testament of time-honoured techniques and craftsmanship, this extremely complicated watch is driven by the Calibre 2755.
If you love how bronze acquires a unique patina over time, then you might just want to save a spot in your watch arsenal for the new Pilot's Watch Chronograph Spitfire (ref IW387902). Standing at a classic 41mm, the warm bronze case goes exceptionally well with the dark olive green dial and brown calf leather strap. This timepiece also marks IWC's first Pilot's Chronograph to sport a 69000-series movement.
Always out to thrill, Roger Dubuis unleashes the Excalibur Huracán Performante. Inspired by the beast of a sports car it is named after, it sports a brand-new 'engine'—the RD630 movement with a 12° inclined balance wheel. The signature skeletonised Excalibur case highlights the design-centric openwork dial, which takes strong visual cues from Lamborghini's latest supercar both in the front and back. This model will be available in a limited edition of 88 pieces.
Girard-Perregaux appeals to the ladies with the sensual disposition of its Cat's Eye collection. Making a sophisticated entrance to the line-up is the Cat's Eye Celestial Aventurine, the horizontal oval shape now captivates with a stunning and aventurine glass dial, shining like a night sky full of stars. Sparkling diamonds indicate the hours, while a mother-of-pearl moon further accentuates its radiant aesthetic.