Here are Sabine Zwettler’s favorite five “three hands plus date” from the fantastic watches on display at SIHH 2018. What they all have in common is their meticulous attention to detail, including numerals, hands, case sizes, and materials as well as color schemes and top-notch straps and bracelets, which result in the classiest of looks.
About Sabine Zwettler
German by birth but a resident of the United States for the past ten years, Sabine is particularly fond of the art of independent watchmaking and the diversity of the manufacturers of her home country, Germany.
Entries by Sabine Zwettler
While we usually try to avoid complication in our daily lives, complications are the icing on the proverbial cake in the world of high-end timepieces. And one of the most exquisite complications is the retrograde date, in particular when it’s done by the perfectionist Kari Voutilainen.
One of the big surprises for me at the 2018 SIHH was Panerai’s new releases of some – I guess I would call them – small watches. I’m not talking about delicate models under 35 millimeters in diameter when I say small, but a respectable 38 millimeters for the smallest model. Yes, you read that correctly.
It sometimes escapes notice, but between A. Lange & Söhne’s Lange 1 and Tourbillon Pour le Mérite resides the Saxonia, whose name refers to the federal state in which Glashütte is located: Saxony. Here, Sabine Zwettler provides a rundown of the history of one of the German brand’s understated second-row stars.
In light of the extraordinary and rare astronomical treat of a super blue blood moon taking place on January 31, 2018, I decided to take a closer look at the new IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Edition 150 Years, which was introduced as part of the Jubilee Collection at the 2018 SIHH.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Kalparisma line, Parmigiani Fleurier launches two limited editions marrying sophisticated haute horlogerie with refined haute joaillerie, featuring a sprinkling of starry-eyed diamonds and the mysterious shine of aventurine dials.
IWC’s Tribute to Pallweber Edition 150 Years stands out as the first wristwatch with digital time display the Swiss brand has ever produced. And it is thanks to this big anniversary that IWC has dug deep into its archives to breathe new life into this beauty.
The classic dress watch gives you the same feeling that a good pair of perfectly fitting jeans or comfortable pullover does. For some of us, it might almost provide a sense of home. But most of all, it looks good in any situation. Here are Sabine Zwettler’s five favorite examples from 2017.
Delighting fans of Ulysse Nardin’s sporty side, the Marine line was enriched by the new Torpilleur in the summer of 2017, whose raison d’être was to introduce an entry-level price point to the line. Now, new limited editions of the certified chronometer with a decidedly new vintage feel and some military inspiration add a salty breeze to the new line.
La Montre Hermès presents two additions to its Cape Cod line: one with a decidedly new take on the Chaîne d’Ancre (“anchor chain”) motif as the hallmark transfers to the dial for the first time and one with an alluring mirror-polished face. And, of course, interesting strap variations in single and double wrap.