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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SIHH 2017: Vacheron Constantin Unveils Most Complicated Wristwatch: $1M Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication

 |  January 16th, 2017

The century-old battle of the complications continues, as Vacheron Constantin unveils its most complicated wristwatch to date: Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600. The watch, which was five years in the making, boasts 23 functions and complexities, and offers   civil, solar and sidereal time indications – each via its own separate gear train. Based on previous demand of its bespoke pieces, we estimate that this unique watch easily carries a hefty price tag that goes above and beyond the $1 million mark. The watch was two years in the design and development stages for the movement, the functions and the mechanics – especially so that they would all fit inside a case that measures 45mm in diameter and is just…

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We’re Off to See the Wizards, the Wonderful Wizards of SIHH 2017 — and a Peek Inside

 |  January 13th, 2017

Ok, so today we officially close the office, put the team on high alert to focus on social media and head off to Geneva for the 2017 SIHH — the 27th edition of the by-invitation-only exhibition, and a show we have attended since it first opened. This year marks a number of firsts for this luxury expo, including the fact that for one day, at the end of the show, it will open its doors to the public  (for  70 Swiss Francs) — something never done before. Additionally, this year the exhibition houses 30 luxury brands (see the entire list below), including Richemont brands and independents. A Look Inside  the SIHH Exhibition While we look forward to seeing so many new…

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