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Richard Mille Red Quartz TPT RM011 wristshot

My Favorite Watches From SIHH 2016 As Shot With The Leica Q

This year I attended my third SIHH.

With the introduction of an independents’ lounge called Carré des Horlogers, it was certainly a changed place, energized with new blood added to the existing Richemont and other brands that comprise the exhibitors at the SIHH.

The much talked-about independent marques exhibiting were composed of boutique brands and individual watchmakers that you might normally see at Baselworld, including H. Moser & Cie, Laurent Ferrier, De Bethune, HYT, MB&F, Urwerk, Christophe Claret, Hautlence, and Kari Voutilainen.

Here I’d like to share with you a selection of wristshots I took with the Leica Q during the 2016 edition of SIHH. I hope you enjoy!

Laurent Ferrier Galet Square Boréal

Glowing Above And Below: The Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveler Boréal

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Stunning lights and visceral sights are what await the patient traveler who ventures north in search of the Aurora Borealis. But it's available on the wrist for the patient WIS as well. Laurent Ferrier has brightened the brand's Galet and Galet Square with lume, even if the brand's watches are quite understated and classically styled and Super-LumiNova is usually more at home on a sports watch than a Galet. y.
Chopard L.U.C. XP Urushi Year of the Monkey

Happy Chinese New Year With 8 Monkey-Themed Watches

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The monkey is the ninth sign of the 12-year zodiac cycle. According to Chinese astrology, monkeys are quick-witted and innovative, but also mischievous. The sign’s lucky colors are white, gold, and blue – all colors featured on these interesting timepieces except that last one we present. Check out these artistic beauties!
Richard Mille RMS05 fountain pen

Richard Mille’s RMS05 Mechanical Fountain Pen

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It’s not often that I come across a fountain pen that I consider mechanical art, so I was really excited when the new Richard Mille Mechanical Fountain Pen was introduced at SIHH 2016 alongside the new timepieces. Equally thrilling was the fact that this pen was introduced as neither an add-on to the watch collection nor as an aside: it debuted front and center as it should have. In addition to its Richard Mille-esque aesthetic, the Mechanical Fountain Pen represents a revelation in fountain pen design.
Ulysse Nardin Hannibal Minute Repeater

Ulysse Nardin Marches On With The Hannibal Minute Repeater Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts

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The Ulysse Nardin San Marco Jaquemarts Minute Repeater from 1989 not only reintroduced translucent enamel to the world of modern horology, but in a way also reintroduced the minute repeater. And it also reintroduced seventeenth-century elements that had not been seen for decades: jaquemarts. Ulysse Nardin now presents the Hannibal Minute Repeater Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts, a sonorous timepiece seeped in all kinds of history.
Giulio Papi Number 1 Pocket Watch

Reunited: Giulio Papi And The G.N. Papi Number 1 Pocket Watch

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Previously, I had the wonderful opportunity to report on an important and previously unknown watch: the “G.N. Papi 1” pocket watch made by Giulio Papi and now owned by a good friend of mine. At the time, I promised to follow up should more information come to light on the watch. At SIHH 2016, our group of collectors received an update on this timepiece from none other than Giulio Papi himself.
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon

A. Lange & Söhne Presents Two Perpetual Calendar Tourbillons: Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon And New Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar

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“Sex on a stick.” That was only one of the juicy thoughts that ran through my head as I spied the these two new releases by A. Lange & Söhne at the 2016 edition of SIHH. The signature low-key style that this brand is known for in this case means that the tourbillons are not visible from the front, either. Please meet the two perpetual calendar tourbillons that really mean grailworthy business.
Dong Son Tourbillon by Speake-Marin

Ancient Drums Are Booming: Speake-Marin Dong Son Tourbillon

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Peter Speake-Marin's eponymous brand’s creation, the Dong Son Tourbillon, finds its inspiration in an ancient style of bronze drums found in the Red River Delta region of Vietnam. This gorgeous tourbillon with its finely etched dial interspersed with blue lacquer is an amazingly beautiful unique piece addition to it. And, naturally, Speake-Marin drew from the most notable examples of Đông Sơn drums for the layout of this extraordinary dial.
A wristshot of the GoS Winter Nights against the backdrop of Johan Gustafsson’s assembly bench (photo courtesy Björn Dahlgren)

Gustafsson and Sjögren GoS: Mouthwatering Photos Of Swedish Independents’ Smithy And Winter Nights Watch

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Watchmaker Patrik Sjögren recentently shared the news that his business partner Johan Gustafsson will be featured in an upcoming book by David Darom focusing on artistic folder knives and how they are made. A photo shoot in Gustafsson’s Swedish smithy was staged to illustrate the procedures he uses to make his signature Mosaic Damascus steel and the duo’s superb new Winter Nights model. Here we share some of those mood-heavy photos.
Greubel Forsey Double Balancier á Differential Constant

Greubel Forsey’s 2016 SIHH: An Overview Of Watches Presented

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Not so very long ago, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision in white gold won the coveted Aiguille d’Or at the 2015 edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. At the 2016 edition of the SIHH, Greubel Forsey presented an absolutely luscious black-dialed red gold version of this watch, but that wasn't all we saw here. Follow us on a photographic journey to discover the new Greubel Forsey creations from SIHH 2016.
De Bethune DB25 World Traveller (left) and Dream Watch 5 meteorite. Cuff link by Joshua Munchow

Photo Caption Competition No. 5 Starring A De Bethune (Or Two)

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Today we have a horologically themed caption competition that involves one of my favorite brands: De Bethune. The photo below was shot at SIHH 2016, and I have to thank regular contributors Simon Cudd and Joshua Munchow for posing as wrist models. I will not reveal who is wearing which watch, but regular readers are likely to be able to make a fairly educated guess. Leave your caption ideas in the comments!
Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Gyrotourbillon

The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon: Now More Comfortable To Wear Through Even Slimmer Fit

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In 2008, Jaeger-LeCoultre placed its revolutionary Gyrotourbillon in the Reverso case for the first time. In 2016, in celebration of the 85th anniversary of the Reverso, a new edition called the Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon arrives on the scene in a 75-piece limited edition. And it is about 30 percent slimmer than the original thanks to the addition of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrolab balance wheel and a semi-spherical hairspring.
MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual on the author’s wrist at SIHH 2016

Collectors Speak: Picks And Pans Of SIHH Week 2016

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It’s already been six consecutive years that I’ve had the delightful experience of going through SIHH week with several of my closest friends. Our closing discussions centered around four questions, which were focused more tightly on SIHH itself this year due to the inclusion of nine independent watchmakers: what watch did you think was best of show at SIHH? What was the worst watch of the show? What watch displayed at the show would you buy if money were no object? What watch did you see on display that would you buy with your own money?
HYT H2 Tradition

The HYT H2 Tradition: Timeless In A Surprisingly Steampunk Way

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Passion for historical items, objects, and ideas are quite prevalent in timepieces that emerge from the modern watch industry. While HYT captures the passionate feel such items in its new H2 Tradition, it also manages to unwittingly create a true steampunk object . . . if it wasn't for the cool microfluidic technology. Nonetheless, HYT itself calls this piece "traditional." Read on to make up your own mind about whether it's traditional, steampunk, or simply technical.

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