Piaget Sets World Records — AGAIN – at SIHH 2015- Close Up with the Altiplano Chronograph

 |  January 23rd, 2015

Unveiled here at SIHH this week, the new Piaget Altiplano Chronograph sets two world-records. Mind you- we shouldn’t be surprised — Piaget is a master at setting world records, especially when it comes to the divine ultra thin movement. The new Altiplano ultra-thin hand-wound chronograph sets the record in the ultra-thin field as the thinnest hand-wound flyback movement (caliber 883P) — measuring 4.65mm, and as the thinnest hand-wound  finished watch —  measuring just 8.24 mm thick. Naturally, the entire movement was developed totally in house at the brand’s Manufacture and was quite some time in the making, as it required a total restructuring of the caliber to guarantee thinness, pair down the chronograph gear fingers and still offer 50 hours of power reserve. Essentially,…

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3 Top Watches from Cartier Unveiled at SIHH 2015

 |  January 22nd, 2015

The world’s first watch exhibition of 2015, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is bustling. With 12,000 watch retailers and watch journalists descending on Geneva for the unveiling of the newest timepieces from 16 top luxury brands – the excitement is high. As anticipated, Cartier does not disappoint us. This year, the brand releases so many special watches – from artistic masterpieces to haute horlogerie and haute Joaillerie that it is difficult to cull out the top three. But, we do so nonetheless, offering one in each design camp — and we promise more news Post-SIHH. So the three top picks from Cartier this year: Cartier’s watchmakers moved forward with daring new technical feats, unveiling the Rotonde de…

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Introducing Greubel-Forsey’s 7th Invention and the QP Equation of Time ( SIHH 2015)

 |  January 21st, 2015

By Gordon Henderson Greubel Forsey is a brand we have covered a number of times here at A Timely Perspective and one of the things that continues to bring us back to the brand is not only its pursuit of horological innovation, but also the detail-obsessed manner in which they go about enhancing their pieces. Their latest invention is the  Computeur Mecanique and its application in the just-released QP Equation is going to be on the lips of many a horological nerd at SIHH. You need to know why. To fully appreciate Gruebel Forsey’s QP a Equation of Time, you need to understand one of its critical components and the brand’s 7th invention: Computeur Mechanique. Comprised of 25 parts and owning several patents,…

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Goes Astral: Introducing the Duometre Spherotourbillon Moon at SIHH 2015

 |  January 20th, 2015

By Gordon Henderson One of the many things that makes Jeager-LeCoutre a great brand and one of the major manufactures to follow, is how they are able to innovate across a number of different lines and price points while still maintaining the identity of each family of watches. That skill is once again on display at SIHH with the addition to the Doumetre family of the Doumetre Spherotourbillon Moon. Those that have followed the Doumetre family know the line is all about precision and all pieces with said nomenclature feature the use of Dual-Wing system. The system gives the watches dual power sources. One source provides the power for precision/time keeping and the other for function or the given the complication. The end result…

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Montblanc’s New Heritage Watches Include Special Edition Pieces in Tribute to Vasco da Gama (SIHH 2015)

 |  January 19th, 2015

Back in November, I was one of a very elite group of watch journalists from around the world invited to join Montblanc in Cape Town, South Africa, for the unveiling of a new collection of timepieces. That line is called the Heritage Collection in general and with each Heritage watch released there is a special Vasco da Gama version — hence, the reason for the trip. The Vasco da Gama pieces recall a time of exploration – a time when this seafarer traveled the world looking for new sea paths that would open new trade and colonization. It was the 1400’s and early 1500’s – before chronometers, or even sextants. Vasco da Gama navigated by the moon, the stars and…

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