Those in the know in the watch world know that the Salon International de Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is just around the corner. In January, this by-invitation-only exhibition takes place in Geneva and it is the backdrop for the unveiling of the newest timepieces from some of the world’s foremost luxury brands. All of the Richemont Group watch brands (Cartier, IWC, Piaget, Parmigiani, Panerai, A. Lange & Sohne, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and the others) exhibit, as well as a few key independents (such as Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard). It is an exciting and exhausting time all at once – can’t wait to bring you all the news.
Meanwhile, in addition to the Jaeger-LeCoultre 80th Anniversary watches we already showed a couple of weeks ago, we do have a few sneak previews to whet the appetite. From Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry Co, this new Sporting Watch was inspired by one of Lauren’s own Bugatti’s: the 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe. The timepiece design reflects the interior dashboard and trim of the car, and features a stainless steel case, a unique dial design in rich elm burl wood, and a black leather strap to emulate the car’s leather seating. The watch houses the caliber RL98295, 156-part mechanical manual-wind movement made by IWC for Ralph Lauren. It offers 45 hours of power reserve and features Cotes de Genève and perlage finishing on the plate. The Ralph Lauren Sporting Watch with Wood Dial, will retail for $13,200.
Another noteworthy addition coming down the road is the new Caliber P.3000 hand-wound movement from the Officina Panerai Manufacture in Neuchatel. The caliber traces its roots to historic Panerai movements and is a substantial size at 5.3mm and 16-1/2 lignes. The 160-part, 21-jewel movement uses two spring barrels and offers a power reserve of 3 days. Fitted with an Incabloc® anti-shock device and free-sprung, the caliber is fitted with a rapid-adjustment of time device in the form of a star wheel with 12 points and a small spring clutch that enable the hour hand to be moved one hour at time without interfering with the minute hand or watch operation. The movement is expected to be fitted into several important cases and final watch products for 2011.
Stay tuned for more Pre-SIHH information, as several brands reveal their secrets in time.