SIHH 2017: Piaget Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Altiplano Collection (prices)

 |  January 20th, 2017

When the Piaget Aliplano wristwatch was first introduced at Baselworld in 1957, its defining characteristic was its thinness: it was driven by the hand-wound Caliber 9P, which was only 2 mm thick. A few years later, in 1960, the much-heralded self-winding 12P was introduced at just 2.3mm thick. Since then, the Altiplano has embraced a multitude of slim iterations, achieving new stature in 2014 as the Altiplano 900P merged case and movement into one svelte beauty. And this year, as  Piaget celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Altiplano line, the brand is introducing two models in the newly conceived Altiplano 60th Anniversary Collection, proving that thin will always be in, as will elegant style, fine mechanics and a fond remembrance…

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SIHH 2017: Roger Dubuis Unveils Near $400,000 Excalibur Quatuor MicroMelt® and Spider Skeleton Automatic

 |  January 19th, 2017

Roger Dubuis ha a very interesting line up this year at SIHH. While last year was dubbed the year of the woman for this audacious brand, this year there are a host of new additions  to its much coveted Excalibur line, including the World Premier Excalibur Quatuor MicroMelt® and the  Exaclibur Spider Skelton Automatic: please handle with care. Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt(R) Features The new Quatuor MicroMelt(R) is a 48mm, 590-part manually wound tour de force. It is powered by the RD101 Quatuor movement and beats at a frequency of 16 Hz. The piece features four sprung balances and five differentials that allow the watch to instantly account for the inaccuracies in time keeping that gravity causes vs. the traditional tourbillon that takes a…

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SIHH 2017: Montblanc Unveils TimeWalker 1/1000th Chronograph and Rally Timer (prices)

 |  January 18th, 2017

For 2017, Montblanc (now 111 years old) turns much of its focus to the TimeWalker Collection and Minerva, the movement and watch manufacturer based in Villeret, Switzerland. Dating to 1858, Minerva was acquired by Richemont in 2006, and since then its expertise has become the backbone of many of Montblanc’s high-end, more complicated timepieces. Now, the brand endeavors to bring a tighter connection between the Villeret/Minerva workshops and its main collection. For SIHH 2017, we have some pretty special Timewalker watches. As early as 1911, Minerva was developing stopwatches measuring 1/5th of a second, then 1/10th of a second. By 1916, the manufacture had produced a high-frequency movement that could measure 1/100th of a second, further improving this in 1936…

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SIHH 2017: A Look at the Incredible Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time (price)

 |  January 17th, 2017

That noise you just heard was the thud of my jaw hitting the floor after seeing the new Jaeger-LeCoultre  Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time. For SIHH 2017 Jaeger-LeCoultre is introducing a horological first:  a flying tourbillon inside of a universal timer. The latest from the manufacturer is a true horological work of art and you need to know more about it, so here we go… The Geophysic watch has a storied history from the time the first one was produced in 1958 by Jaeger-LeCoultre in honor of the International Geophysical Year. Since then the first Geophysic watch remains a symbol of the manufacturers expertise. The Geophysic line was launched in 2015 which looks to offer a reinterpreted classic aesthetic by incorporating the…

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Greubel Forsey Unveils $1.4 Million Grand Sonnerie at SIHH 2017

 |  January 17th, 2017

            Another over-the-top $! Million + watch has been released at SIHH 2017: Greubel Forsey’s approximately  $1.4 million Grand Sonnerie. The incredible chiming timepiece – the brand’s first Grande Sonnerie — was 11 years in the research and development stages and has two patents pending. What’s Inside the Case The elaborate movement consists of  855 individual components, while the watch, in total, is comprised of 935 parts. The elaborate movement is equipped with a specially developed acoustic resonance cage to perfect a pure chiming sound. The Grande Sonnerie incorporates cathedral gongs and multiple striking hammers. The watch has multiple striking modes:  Grande Sonnerie (strikes the hours, and the quarter hours in passing); Petite Sonnerie (strikes the hours…

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