Fresh from the prestigious Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, some exciting new watch releases.
Driven by the Duo concept, this watch offers two contrasting dials – both equally refined and each displaying a different time zone.
Light shimmers off the silvered grained finish of the dial on the front, creating a delicate foil for hand-applied hour markers and an utterly charming small seconds at six o’clock.
Its rounded curves bring a hint of softness to the pure geometrical linearity of this watch, whose Art Deco design reflects its 1931 inspiration.
The reverse shows local time displayed against an anthracite-grey dial, its fathomless depth accentuated by the juxtaposition of two finishes – a Clous de Paris guilloché around the perimeter, and an opaline finish in the centre. The day/night indicator underscores the rounded contours and brings added character to this striking watch.
Baume & Mercier
Baume & Mercier expands its iconic Clifton collection with a complication as useful as it is cosmopolitan: dual time indicator. The deep blue dial features the classic elegance of a creation fashioned out of 187 years of watchmaking and stylistic expertise.
The ideal companion for travelers as well as aficionados of fine watchmaking, the Clifton GMT Power Reserve is an elegant addition to the line, housed in a 43mm steel case with polished and satin finishes, and highlighting the collection’s hallmark double bevel.
The deep blue dial with sun-satin finishes clearly displays the day’s requisite information: the date, the power reserve, and the GMT. Envisioned for frequent travelers, this last complication makes it possible to display two different time zones.
The Swiss watchmaker pays fresh tribute to the seafaring skill of Artemis Racing with the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing, crafted in a limited edition of 250 pieces.
With its dashing Artemis Racing-inspired styling and the reliable precision of the Diver collection, this marine-lover’s timepiece proves itself on land or at sea. Fine engravings of the celebrated Artemis Racing catamaran in action decorate the dial. Its unidirectional bezel helps divers keep a grip on their time underwater, preventing accidental movements in the wrong direction.
Like every Ulysse Nardin timepiece, the Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing is constructed from the most advanced materials available, enhancing its ability to withstand the most challenging environments.
Its coated rubber case is finished with a medallion on the case-back illustrating the catamaran in racing.
This Patrimony moon phase and retrograde date addition to the Patrimony collection features a dial on which the cycle and age of the moon are reproduced on a display that will require no corrections for 122 years. The retrograde date indication is beautifully presented as a graduation from 1 to 31 across the upper dial arc.
The displays plus hours and minutes are driven by the new Manufacture Vacheron Constantin Caliber 2460 R31L, all controlled by the crown mechanism and with a 40-hour power reserve.
A transparent sapphire crystal caseback reveals the 2460 R31L movement and its 22 carat gold oscillating weight, adorned with Vacheron Constantin’s signature Maltese cross motif. The hand-crafted finishing of the caliber reflects absolute mastery of the watchmaking art and traditional skills.
H.Moser & Cie
With the ‘Swiss Made’ label for watchmaking revised from January 1st, 2017, to require 60 per cent of components in a watch to be of Swiss origin, H. Moser & Cie. has soundly critiqued the shortcomings of this inadequate label and stands up for true independent Swiss watchmakers.
For the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture, whose creations are over 95% Swiss, this label is too lenient, providing no guarantee, creating confusion and encouraging abuses of the system. For these reasons, H. Moser & Cie. has decided to remove the Swiss Made label from all new watches created from 2017 onwards.
In response the brand has created the Swiss Mad Watch as a demonstration of the importance and urgency of returning Swiss Made to its former heights. H. Moser & Cie.’s satirical take on the issue highlights an alternative resource, 100% natural and entirely Swiss: cows. The case of the Swiss Mad Watch is created from real Swiss cheese as a base material, a Vacherin Mont d’Or médaille d’or, added to an innovative composite material, itr2©, then machined and polished with the H. Moser signature finishes. For the strap, Swiss cowhide was the obvious choice. The watch is finished with a red fumé dial and doubled indices at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, subtly reminiscent of the Swiss flag.