Last week was a week for timepiece lovers get excited about, the show known as Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2018. It holds a special place alongside Baselworld on the calendar for timepiece aficionados as the world’s watchmakers come together in Geneve to celebrate horological wonder.
There was so many timepieces to catch the eye of DiscerningGent.com. Available at all budgets, exclusivity and, of course, personal taste – with such a plethora of dazzling timepieces at play, how does the discerning gent pick out his next timepiece? DiscerningGent.com walked the hallowed halls of Palexpo to pick out five of the timepieces to that shone amongst the many stars of the show. However, enough talk, let’s get down to the details!
A.Lange & Söhne 1815 Homage to Walter Lange
A tribute to one of the (re-) founding fathers of the company, Walter Lange who unexpectedly passed away a year ago in January 2017 at the grand age of 92, timepiece brand A. Lange & Söhne bring out a collection of watches that reflect the 1815 line. A little note from history first as this features a stoppable sweep jumping seconds hand whose technology is based on a 150-year-old invention by Walter’s great-grandfather – and original company founder – Ferdinand Adolph Lange. The movement was then added to a watch in 1877 by Walter’s grandfather Emil Lange after it was patented.
It is a visually stunning timepiece that can store energy from the second hand’s jump but the big thing about this is the sheer minimalist design that marries the huge technical know-how that is crammed into the 40.5mm diameter casing. It’s a limited production run that is available in yellow gold (just 27 pieces), white gold (145 pieces) and pink gold (90 pieces).
RRP £41,500 / €47,000 – Alangesoehne.com
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton Ceramic
At last year’s show, Girard-Perregaux launched a new set of Laureato models, men’s and women’s options, that added a touch of elegance. This year there’s a new look as another Laureato arrives on the scene again: a black 42mm ceramic-encased number, skeletonized, with a time-only display but is distinctive in its futuristic intentions. Take a moment to wonder in its beauty as well as marvel at how this could shake things up for the watchmaker and the industry as a whole.
RRP £26,000 / €29,500 – Girard-Perregaux
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S
Roger Dubris came to SIHH 2018 with two very interesting partnerships – one with Lamborghini and the other with Pirelli. Both are quite telling as indicators of where the brand wants to pursue efforts but also matching up well from a technology perspective. The radical design of the Excalibur Aventador S screams ‘looko at me’ just as much as the car it is paired with.
At 45mm the case isn’t on the overly large size and is steeped in hi-tech wizardry like its multi-layer carbon with titanium material. There’s a manual winding Caliber RD103SQ movement containing a 40-hour power reserve. Exclusivity is the name of the game here with only 28 pieces available in pink gold and a mere eight in orange.
£154,500 / €175,000 – Roger Dubuis
Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillon Concept
Sometimes all you need is simplicity to catch the eye and that is exactly how Moser & Cie have played it with the Endeavour Tourbillion Concept. The star of the show is the amazing dial colour and sunburst pattern finished with two blue hands on a 42mm case that graces a newly pared-down tourbillon timepiece. No logo, no date and no numbers or numerals – just beautifully simply design with kudu leather straps for added interest. Note that it is limited to just 20 pieces.
£58,000 / €65,800 – Moser & Cie
Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph
The latest instalment of the TimeWalker collection is inspired by the spirit of motor racing and the influence is telling. Sporting the popular high-contrast ‘panda dial’ style – white dial with black sub-dial chronographs, this Montblanc makes for an eye-catching design with the high-gloss ceramic bezel. It is a 43mm case featuring a 46-hour power reserve and a sfumato calfskin strap.
£4,400 / €4,990 – Montblanc