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Each year, the Geneva-based SIHH brings together the top luxury watch brands, displaying the finest watchmaking skills one can only dream of mastering. While each timepiece held its own weight, we found four breakthrough pieces that made the exhibition all the more memorable.
1. 42mm Clifton Club
Baume & Mercier
For the gentlemen who require refined sports timepieces, the 42mm Clifton Club offers elegance and sporting prowess in a single package. Its self-winding movement offers 48 hours of power reserve and a 550Gs shock resistance with case options in 316L stainless steel or a sand-blasted amorphous diamond-like carbon (ADLC)-treated case. The maison’s artisanal hallmarks are evident at a glance through polished and satin finishes, horn-to-horn beveling, as well as anti-glare sapphire, riveted indexes and superluminova, all within a 10.3mm-thick case which easily slips beneath a dress shirt cuff.
2. Lab-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days
Breaking all conventions, Panerai’s staggering breakthrough, the Lab-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days, is a timepiece that carries a 50 year warranty. The secret to its redoubtable longevity lies in its calibre P.3001/C, a carbon-based construction comprising silicon escapement, dry lubricated barrels, self-lubricating DLC plates and bridges as well as carbon nanotubes on its dial, offering the deepest possible black for perfect legibility. Each of the 50 pieces in this limited edition is housed in a 49mm hypoallergenic, and corrosion-resistant carbotech case, priced at an indicative EUR50,000.
3. Marine Regatta Artemis Racing
In the most intelligent proposal of a regatta watch thus far, the Marine Regatta Artemis Racing (CHF29,800 with a champleve dial) features a patented reversor mechanism enabling the hands on the timepiece to turn both clockwise and counter-clockwise. This makes the timepiece the perfect accessory for avid yachtsmen the world over, with a simple push on the moulded rubber pushers triggering the countdown for competitors to manoeuvre their vessels to the starting line and, subsequently, offering the measurement of the racing times. Just 35 pieces are available.
4. Automate Fee Ondine Extraordinary Object
Van Cleef & Arpels
Known for dreamy insouciance and a cavalier attitude to time’s rigours, Van Cleef & Arpels infuses its class-defining poetic complication into the breathtaking Automate Fee Ondine Extraordinary Object (price on enquiry). Hailed by master automata-maker Francois Junod as “the most difficult project” in his career, this unique piece tell time with a mystery-set ladybug, while a key enables you to wind up the fantasy animation of an undulating lotus leaf, with the fairy figurine coming to life in tandem with a diamond-laced butterfly emerging from the flower.