9 Brand-New Pre-SIHH 2016 Watches By Jaeger-LeCoultre, Richard Mille, Piaget, Montblanc And More
In this age of digital information, watch companies try to get ahead of the competition by releasing news on their new timepieces ahead of the big watch fairs. This year is no different, and in honor of the upcoming 26th edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), we present you with an overview of some of the new models that have already been revealed.
* As I recently wrote in 85 Years Of The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates a milestone this year for its reversible icon. And in doing so the brand has revamped the entire Reverso collection into three new collections, each available in small, medium, and large options: Reverso Classic, Reverso Tribute, and Reverso One.
The Reverso Classic features a solid case back, perfect for enameling or engraving, while the Reverso Tribute – powered exclusively by manually wound movements – features the “Duo” concept comprising two independent time-keeping dials. The Reverso One has not yet been released. Keep an eye on this space as the SIHH progresses and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for live photos during the fair.
* From the traditional and conservative right over to the new and audacious: Richard Mille once again comes up with a million-dollar timepiece whose case is crazily crafted in sapphire crystal – but this time for women: the RM 07-02 Pink Lady Sapphire.
This is perhaps my most anticipated watch to see at the upcoming SIHH. And it once again goes to show that Mille and his team are at least as interested in providing amazing and technical watches for his female clientele as for his male clientele. Not only is the case milled from a single block of pink corundum so amazing – it needs forty days of machining and finishing before it is complete – but also the full in-house movement, which is assembled around a skeletonized base plate crafted in microblasted 5N red gold set with diamonds.
The price tag? As of right now, 950,000 Swiss francs (€904,000).
* Forty years after the creation of Caliber 7P, Piaget’s ultra-thin quartz movement, the Swiss manufacture has created the 700P, the first Piaget hybrid movement: a self-winding caliber with a quartz generator. The Piaget Emperdaor Coussin XL 700P is a new limited edition concept watch released in an edition of 118 pieces that celebrates the anniversary of Piaget’s first quartz creation.
It is housed in the 46.5 mm cushion-shaped case of the Emperador Coussin collection in white gold with a black ADLC-coated bezel. The generator and the micro generator of the hybrid movement are emphasized by a small sapphire crystal window on the case back underscored by a circle of polished white gold.
* HYT makes its debut inside the fair halls of SIHH with the H2 Tradition, a 48.8 mm timepiece the company describes as “a retro contemporary u-turn.” The reason for this description is clear: while the new timepiece continues to contain the hydromechanical fluid that sets these timepieces apart from others, for the first time an HYT also boasts hands for time functions.
These hands point out the minutes and seconds in regulator style (on separate subdials), while the hour is still shown by the colorful fluid encircling the flange. While this all looks relatively simple, the caliber had to be overhauled to achieve it. More details to follow during the SIHH.
* For IWC the 2016 edition of the SIHH is all about pilot’s watches, and most likely the biggest eye-catcher of the new collection – literally – will be the Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55. The 55 stands for 55 mm, the diameter of this historically inspired stainless steel timepiece designed like an observatory watch of yore.
“For us, it was vital from the start that the Heritage watches were true to the original – from the design of the dial and the color of the luminescent numerals to the shape of the propeller-like hands and the riveted calfskin straps. It’s like jumping back in time to the pioneering age of aviation, except that we’ve got state-of-the-art IWC watch technology,” says IWC’s creative director Christian Knoop. The Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch is available in a 48 mm size.
* H. Moser & Cie is making its debut inside the SIHH walls with a bang. The Schaffhausen-based brand’s young CEO Edouard Meylan has made a habit of turning world events into good publicity for his brand. And now he pokes at the Apple Watch by introducing a Moser timepiece in 18-karat white gold shaped just like the connected bestseller that sold more than six million units in 2015.
Advertised as “100% Swiss made” and “100% mechanical” (both of which are true), the Swiss Alp Watch is “designed to last” with its in-house hand-wound caliber beating at a vintage frequency of 18,000 vph. The ticking statement is topped off by a beautiful fumé dial with a very light sunburst pattern. H. Moser & Cie is also making its debut inside the SIHH’s halls in 2016.
* Montblanc announces a new 100-piece limited edition of the 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter with a deep blue dial. This traditionally styled monopusher chronograph with a particularly appealing design greatly inspired by the 1930s is powered by a gorgeous Villeret movement. These are Montblanc’s highest-end calibers, which originate in the previous Minerva movements. They are characterized by a swan-neck fine adjustment system and a beautiful screw balance.
* MB&F presents the LM101 in platinum as the brand makes its debut at the SIHH. This watch’s striking blue dial really sets off that eye-catching suspended balance, and at 40 mm in diameter this is a watch suitable for all wrist sizes. And with its beautifully finished in-house movement (Kari Voutilainen oversaw the finish), it looks as good from the back as it does the front..
LM101 in platinum is available in a limited edition of 33 pieces.
* Roger Dubuis also underscores its feminine side at the 2016 edition of the SIHH, where the focus will be on the Velvet collection. An eye-catching array of timepieces in this collection include the Velvet Blossom series (starting at about $64,000 for the “pink” version) and the Velvet Secret Heart ($80,300) with a double retrograde date function. The Velvet Blossom Pink pays tribute to jeweled floral fantasy with its engraved mother-of-pearl and colorful enameled flowers within a 36 mm pink gold case framed by two rows of diamonds on the bezel and lugs.
This timepiece produced in a limited edition of 88 pieces and powered by an automatic caliber boasts about two carats’ worth of diamonds (154 in total). Naturally, this watch bears the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.