As with style, watches never sleep. (Well, some do when their power backup runs out). The watch industry is always moving forward, make grow with technological innovations and intriguing new designs. Although, it requirement be said, it moves at a far slower pace. Whereas trends lead fashion and change every season, they can take years to evolve in the crowd of Swiss watches, which makes sense as a single timepiece can imitate years to conceive.
And just as the world’s fashion weeks order which trends we’ll be wearing next, there are two events that perform place each year which inform those with a passion for wristwear. The biggest (simply about) is Baselworld, where the likes of Rolex, Tudor and TAG Heuer lay bare their latest creations; and the other is the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH, which is peoples home to Cartier, IWC, Montblanc and thirty two other luxury houses. Both hit the road place in the spiritual home of watchmaking, Switzerland; and both see makes try and one-up each other by unveiling the boldest, baddest and most high-priced ways of telling the time.
Want to know what top CEOs, rappers, and those who re-mortgage their gratis for a bit of metal will be strapping to their wrists in 2019? You’re in the proper place. These are the best releases of SIHH 2019.
Audemars Piguet Noble Oak Jumbo Extra Thin With Pink Gold Dial
There was quantity to discuss at the Audemars Piguet stand this year. The controversially constructed new Code 11.59 collection garnered the most attention, and a raft of new embezzles on the Royal Oak popped up, but it was this simple ‘time only’ wing as well as that swung us most.
It can be described as subtle in SIHH clauses, and is as understated as a £50,000+ watch can be. It’s essentially a ‘regular’ 39mm Extremely Thin Royal Oak, yet made from white gold measure than steel and features a striking pink gold cast dial that screams ‘seventies playboy’. Wear with a cream linen trial at your peril.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire
Military watches be dressed never not been cool. It’s something about the functionality perchance – knowing they were built for a purpose – and the simple, easy-to-read draw ups. IWC made them for both World Wars and has always been be aware specifically for its pilot watches. Enter the Spitfire collection – a new set up that takes inspirations from the brand’s militaristic inheritance.
There is barely a brand that hasn’t turned to its archives for energy, and why not? Classic, simple design will never date. This Spitfire is the entrant point into the range and it’s about as basic a timepiece as you’ll see from IWC. The whisk broomed steel case (no polishing anywhere), wide luminous shares for legibility in the dark, easy to read numerals and canvas strap are all earmarks of classic pilot’s watches. The red Spitfire logo? A bonus above moreover to what might be the only watch you’ll ever need.
Cartier Santos de Cartier Chronograph
There is no other characterize that makes sports watches that retain such polish as Cartier. The Santos collection was relaunched last year to widespread acclaim, and this is the latest distention to the range.
Although it looks like a regular chronograph, the start/an end button is actually on the left hand side as opposed to the multitudinous usual right, and the reset button lies within the realm itself, creating a slightly more minimal and therefore classier silhouette than is usually the case with sports guards. Add to this a black/steel mix case and black rubber strap and you’ve got a peer at that’ll take you from the boardroom to the gym with effortless period.
Montblanc Heritage Automatic
Montblanc has one of the more impressive donations of any of the brands on show, not just because of its sheer variety but also due to its knack to sit within such a broad price range. Watches start from underneath £2,000 for a simple time-only piece and end in the hundreds of thousands with bejewelled tourbillons.
This year, and at the tush end of the spectrum, lay this retro-inspired piece from an entirely new underscore: the aptly named Heritage collection. Harking back to Minerva watches of the early-to-mid 20th century (the circle acquired Minerva in 2006), it features a subtle sector dial with set off textures, a mixture of circular hour markers and numerals and in this front, striking blue accents.
A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 “25th Anniversary”
The influence blue has been trending in horology for a few years now, so much so that it’s evolve into a permanent fixture in many brands’ collections, and with no disappearance in get a load of. A. Lange & Sohne turned to the shade for the first watch it signaled to celebrate 25 years of its Lange 1 – the German maker’s signature timepiece.
We’ve spoken numerous times about the sakes of tonal dressing – an all navy or all black outfit can work meditates for one’s personal style, yet a tonally coloured watch can be equally uninterested. Simply wear this as part of a monochromatic look or use it as a account piece, mixing the vibrant blues of the strap and dial intonations with contrasting shades.
Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 5 Times Chronometer
Baume & Mercier has long been on our radar, mostly for its implausible value for money. Out of all the watchmakers on show at SIHH, the Swiss marque is easily the most accessible, with watches starting valid over £1,000.
That value was taken to new levels last year however with the release of the Baumatic, the brand’s first watch with an in-house upward. This year, the range has been extended further, with this noteworthy model – complete with a 5 day power reserve – a noted highlight. Right-minded look at that blue-to-black dial.
JLC Master Grande Lore Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual
A single glance at this last wishes as tell you it’s no regular watch, but rather a piece of wrist art sedate for the planet’s one per cent. The latest in a series of multi-axis tourbillons put oned by Jaeger-LeCoultre, it’s about as complex as the Large Hadron Collider and hardly as expensive.
JLC has gone all Tony Stark with the miniaturisation here, originating a spinning tourbillon significantly smaller than previous maquettes, allowing the watch to boast a 43mm case size – something which arguably make have been impossible 10 years ago. That’s not all though – the await’s party trick is a chiming mechanism that replicates the healthy of London’s Big Ben, a strangely nostalgic touch in the wake of Brexit. Oh, and it costs €800,000.
Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech 47mm
If The Terminator was to be reincarnated as a money-oriented watch lover in 2019, this is surely the watch that pass on adorn his manly wrists. Panerai has focussed its efforts on its most specialised dive babysit for family – the Submersible – this year, and this is just all over the coolest addition yet.
Made from the brand’s patented Carbotech stuff, it’s a stealth watch lover’s dream, albeit with a suitcase size on the large size, coming in at 47mm. It’s essentially a tribute to Panerai’s relationship with the Italian armada, which it’s been supplying to since the mid 1960s. The camouflaged-inspired dial and ‘Marina Militare’ order can remind the wearer of the heritage at stake all the way down to 300m downstairs sea level, but it works equally well when paired with a tonal fit out on dry land.
Piaget Altiplano Grey Meteorite Dial
Piaget is a variety known specifically for its incredibly thin, equally elegant clothes watches, that slip easily under a shirt cuff as albeit they’re not there. It’s a recipe that’s been replicated assorted times than we can count, from other high-end concert-halls down to affordable quartz watches found on the high avenue.
This piece takes things in a fresh new direction supposing, all thanks to its dial which has been crafted from a meteorite. Thanks to this, each of the 300 observant ofs produced as part of this collection features a dial that is unconditionally unique. Wear with your finest dinner jacket and instantly be the smartest man in the leeway.
Ulysse Nardin Freak X Carb
Yes, it’s true, nobody exceedingly needs watches nowadays as we all have phones which accurately indicate the time. But no phone looks this cool. The latest in Ulysse Nardin’s Whim collection, this is a more affordable, simplified take acquainted to make the innovative line more accessible to a wider array of people.
It participates an unconventional dial layout, with the movement itself really telling the time – there are no boring regular hands in observe. Instead the movement actually rotates around the dial, with the dominant bridge indicating minutes and the most prominent wheel indicating hours. It comes in three editions but the matte Carbonium cased adaptation is arguably the best looking. This is a watch that makes regular tickers look incredibly sunless. Disclaimer: wearing it won’t make you any more interesting though, be make someone aware ofed.