Pre-SIHH 2019: Piaget, Jaeger-LeCoultre, MB&F, H. Moser & Cie and Laurent Ferrier
Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Meteorite
Piaget's iconic Altiplano silhouette gets an otherworldly treatment this year with three eye-catching new creations. Perhaps the most celestial of them all is the 41mm Altiplano Tourbillon, which bears a stunning meteorite dial encircled by diamonds on the bezel. The streaky Widmanstätten pattern on the meteorite surface is made even more distinctive by the beautiful blue hue. Inside is the ultra-thin hand-wound calibre 670P—4.6mm to be exact—with a flying tourbillon and off-centre time display. This beauty will be limited to just 28 pieces.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel
Beautifully refined and elegant, it's not hard to picture the Master Ultra Thin on the dandy gentleman's wrist at an evening occasion. The exquisite model will most certainly spark conversation with its enamel dial and hand-guilloché finish—results of Rare Handcrafts which have been kept alive for generations at the Manufacture. The slim timepiece is powered by the Caliber 9125, an automatic mechanical movement with a 70-hour power reserve.
From the Carré des Horlogers...
MB&F Horological Machine No. 6 Final Edition
Rounding out the Horological Machine No. 6 series with a bang, the HM6 Final Edition is the ultimate testament of an out-of-this-world 4-year horological journey that is not afraid to push the boundaries of construction and design. Inside the stainless steel case lies a cutting-edge engine made of 475 components, powering the flying tourbillon that takes centre stage under the crystal dome, complete with a retractable "hyperspace" shield. The HM6 Final Edition will be available in a limited edition of 8 pieces.
Moser Nature Watch
On the other side of the spectrum is H. Moser & Cie., who brings us down-to-earth with the Moser Nature Watch. A unique piece that blurs the line between nature and haute horlogerie, this green creation features actual plants (succulents, moss, mini Echeveria, cress, spiderwort, onion sets) that are constantly growing and the hand-wound HMC 327 calibre that uses only renewable energy. The dial is set with natural mineral stone and lichen from the Swiss Alps, while the strap is made from grass. It is essentially a living watch, one that symbolises the vulnerability of our ecosystem and the need to protect it.
Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece
Yes, you read that right—it's the same elegant Galet Annual Calendar that was presented last year, but now it comes in new dial colours and finishes, namely Opaline Black and White. The case is available in stainless steel, red gold or "dessert sand" yellow gold—the latter is our pick for being a gorgeous pale hue that goes really well with the vintage design of the timepiece. At the heart of it is the hand-wound calibre LF126.0. The time, date and month is adjusted by the crown, while the pusher at 10 o'clock handles the day function.