Today was day three of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève (SIHH) 2017 and it’s high-time for us to launch this pet project of ours (a project that we’ve been planing to start working on for quiet some time now).
So for our first article, we discuss our 5 favorite watches from SIHH 2017!
1. The Jaeger LeCoultre Master Control Date
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Master Control line, JLC is launching 3 special watches that have vintage roots. Our favorite is this one: the most simple and the *cough* cheapest of the three, the Master Control Date. The two tone sector dial is executed so well and the blue accents and hands give the watch just the right amount of flare while still managing to stay reserved. The watch is not a limited edition per se but JLC have announced that they will only be producing it for one year, so production will be limited. The Master Control Date will retail for 5,700 USD.
2. The Laurent Ferrier Galet Tourbillion
Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Classic Tourbillion is not a new watch in itself. It’s just the first with a visible tourbillion. For those who don’t know what a tourbillion is, it is (in layman terms) a device that counters the effect of gravity on a watch’s movement. Tourbillions are believed to be one of the hardest complications in the horological world and are usually visible on the dial to display a watchmaker’s capabilities.
For years, Laurent Ferrier has been making some of the most advanced tourbillions out there and because Laurent Ferrier is Laurent Ferrier, the tourbillion was not visible from the dial side of the watch. That is, until now.
The new Laurent Ferrier Galet Glassic Tourbillion deserves an article by itself, but for now, we’ll just let you know this watch is priced at 208,000 USD
3. The New Tag Heuer Atavia
The Heuer Autavia (aptly named to commemorate its automotive and aviation roots) is one of the most iconic vintage chronographs of the 60s and the 70s, and rightly so. In March 2016, and in a surprise move, Heuer asked its fans to choose which Autavia they wanted to bring back. The result? A beautiful modern take on a classic wristwatch.
The new Heuer Autavia is expected to hit markets this year and will retail for approx. 4,780 USD on a brown leather strap and for approx. 4,930 USD on the beautiful bracelet pictured here. We imagine it to be a fan favorite and waiting lists will be long.
4. The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar
Lange has been a personal favorite of ours for some time now. The new 1815 Annual Calendar is a beauty. The watch features Lange’s signature blued steel hands. In an interesting stylistic decision, the manufacture opted to forego its signature out-sized date display, which gives the 1815 Annual Calendar a very elegant look that might just fly under the radar. We have the months at 3 o’clock and the day of the week and the month at 9 o’clock. At 6 o’clock we have the seconds hand and the moon phase display.
Pricing is approx. 40,000 USD, which makes a lot of sense when you look at that movement!
5. The Cartier Drive Extra-Flat
Following up on their very successful release of the all-new Cartier Drive de Cartier in SIHH 2016, Cartier releases the Cartier Drive Extra-Flat in white gold in a limited edition of 200 pieces which retails at 16,700 USD and in rose gold, which is not a limited edition and retails at 15,600 USD.
The Cartier Drive Extra-Flat retains the same aesthetic of the original Drive but takes away the date window and the guilloche dial, leaving you with a cleaner and more refined design.
Bonus: The Worst Watch in SIHH 2017
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver… in “Acid Yellow”