The 21st Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie - the annual exhibition of the finest timepieces by the most important watchmakers - took place in Geneva from January 17 to 21. We showcase the 18 flagship watches.
A. Lange & Söhne
The Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” embodies a fusée-and-chain transmission as well as a tourbillon with a patented stop-seconds mechanism. The underlying purpose shared by both of these grand complications is to improve rate stability and precision.
The self-winding Millenary watch features a generous case that serves to magnify the three-dimensional movement construction. The watchmakers of Le Brassus have achieved the feat of actually bringing a movement to the wrist as the new Calibre 4101 has been literally “turned upside down” to reveal its inner workings through
the front of the watch.
Baume & Mercier
Inspired by the Hamptons, Baume & Mercier present the Capeland watch, a contemporary interpretation of one of the Maison d’Horlogerie’s most historic timepieces.
The Rotonde de Cartier Astrorégulateur watch is fitted with the 9800 MC Calibre, a revolutionary movement that counteracts the effects of gravity on timing accuracy in vertical positions, thanks to the unusual positioning of the balance and seconds hand on a micro-rotor located on the dial side.
The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second model features a design of the utmost purity and, unusually, a dial crafted from enamel. The model beats in time to a new automatic movement, developed from the Girard-Perregaux calibre 3300.
The Invention Piece 2 pays tribute to the Quadruple Tourbillon with a completely new architecture in which the focus is on its exclusive mechanism. The two double tourbillon systems are presented head to tail and coupled by a spherical differential. A sub-dial at 5 o’clock conceals triple mainspring barrels and features a red triangle indicating hours and a rotating disk indicates minutes. Small seconds dial at 10 o’clock and 56-hour power reserve indicator at 11 o’clock complete the dial.
The Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days is the new flagship of IWC’s Portofino family. Ticking away inside the elegant, round case is the new IWC-manufactured 59210 calibre, designed and built using state-of-the-art methods.
Eighty years after the Reverso watch was patented in 1931, Jaeger-LeCoultre is presenting four new models: the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin, Grande Reverso Duoface, Reverso Répétition Minutes à rideau and Grande Reverso Lady ultra Thin.
The Diverscope Titanium pairs a titanium case offering water resistance to 300 metres with one of the manufacture’s own self-winding movements, the JR1000, a development that embodies the Jean Richard’s desire to impose its watchmaking creativity and technical independence.
Montblanc first paid homage to the inventor of the chronograph, Nicolas Rieussec, in 2008. For the 190th anniversary of the mechanism in 2011, the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Anniversary Edition is presented in a strictly limited edition of 190 watches.
The key elements which define the Luminor Composite Marina 1950 3 Days - 44 mm are its P.9000 manufacture automatic movement, which has a three day power reserve, and its Luminor 1950 case created in Panerai Composite matt brown.
In 2004, Parmigiani revolutionized the world of watchmaking by placing the entire movement of its Bugatti Type 370 watch on a transverse axis, just like a car engine block. In 2010, it paid homage to the newest of Bugatti’s super-speed cars, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, by reinterpreting its Bugatti watch model. The Parmigiani Bugatti Super Sport flips all the mechanical components of the new calibre Bugatti PF 372, placing them along a vertical axis, retaining the lateral time display so appreciated by car drivers.
Calibre 1270P is Piaget’s first ever self-winding ultra-thin tourbillon movement. The
Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic housing this cushion-shaped
movement holds the world record for slenderness of any watch currently on
the market, since its case measures a mere 10.4 mm thick.
The Ralph Lauren Sporting Watch With Wood Dial is the designer’s first timepiece inspired by his personal car collection, specifically the interior of his 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe. This new watch features a stainless steel case with a unique dial in rich loupe d’orme or elm burl–in honor of the car’s iconic wooden dashboard.
The RM 017 Extra Flat Tourbillon represents a new technical achievement, characterised by a movement baseplate made of titanium, with black PVD coating. The innovations in the RM 017 are concentrated in an extra-flat case of 8.7 mm, which places this watch in an exclusive group of the world’s slimmest tourbillons.
The chronograph version of Roger Dubuis’ La Monégasque features a sunburst satin-brushed dial encased in rose gold and a new self-winding mechanical chronograph movement by micro-rotor – RD680 calibre – that comprises a total of 264 parts.
The Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time is a mechanical self-winding watch that remarkably is able to indicate the world’s 37 time-zones thanks to its new Calibre 2460 WT mechanism. Switching from one time-zone to another is smoothly and easily accomplished using the crown.
Van Cleef & Arpels
The Poetic Complication Five Weeks in a Balloon is inspired by the Jules Verne novel, Les Voyages Extraordinaires. The dial, decorated with champlevé enamel and inlaid with mother-of-pearl, depicts a hot air balloon rising into the air of Zanzibar. The hours and minutes are indicated by the retograde movement of the balloon’s anchor and a bird in flight.