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Live from SIHH 2018: Highlights from Day 1

Live from SIHH 2018: Highlights from Day 1

T he wait is over and the horological community turns to the highly-anticipated fine watchmaking event – the SIHH, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, to discover the latest releases from the world’s most prestigious watch brands on the first day, such as IWC Schaffhausen, Piaget, Officine Panerai and Roger Dubuis. IWC stole the limelight as the watchmaker marked its 150th milestone anniversary with a special Jubilee collection comprising a total of 27 limited-edition models. Here are some of the timepieces that caught our attention on the first day of SIHH.

1. IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN Portugieser Constant Force Tourbillon

A highlight of the IWC Jubilee Collection, the Portugieser Constant-force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” is powered by the new 94805 calibre with a power reserve of 96 hours, combined with a constant force tourbillon and a single moon phase display. Available only in a limited edition of 15.

Why we love it: The single moon phase display that only needs to be adjusted after 577.7 years.

2. IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon

The watch designers have opened up the calendar advance ring at 12 o’clock for the tourbillon and integrated the moon phase in the month display disc at 6 o’clock. It is the first time IWC combines a perpetual calendar with a tourbillon on the dial. It is available in a limited edition of 50 watches.

Why we love it: A perpetual calendar watch with a tourbillon.

T he wait is over and the horological community turns to the highly-anticipated fine watchmaking event – the SIHH, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, to discover the latest releases from the world’s most prestigious watch brands on the first day, such as IWC Schaffhausen, Piaget, Officine Panerai and Roger Dubuis. IWC stole the limelight as the watchmaker marked its 150th milestone anniversary with a special Jubilee collection comprising a total of 27 limited-edition models. Here are some of the timepieces that caught our attention on the first day of SIHH.

1. IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN Portugieser Constant Force Tourbillon

A highlight of the IWC Jubilee Collection, the Portugieser Constant-force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” is powered by the new 94805 calibre with a power reserve of 96 hours, combined with a constant force tourbillon and a single moon phase display. Available only in a limited edition of 15.

Why we love it: The single moon phase display that only needs to be adjusted after 577.7 years.

2. IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon

The watch designers have opened up the calendar advance ring at 12 o’clock for the tourbillon and integrated the moon phase in the month display disc at 6 o’clock. It is the first time IWC combines a perpetual calendar with a tourbillon on the dial. It is available in a limited edition of 50 watches.

Why we love it: A perpetual calendar watch with a tourbillon.

3. IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN Tribute to Pallweber

Among the highlights of IWC’s 150th Anniversary Jubilee Collection is the Tribute to Pallweber. It is the first ever wristwatch by IWC that offers jumping numerals in a digital display. Only 250 pieces available in this limited edition.

Why we love it: The sophisticated jumping hours digital display.

4. ROGER DUBUIS: Excalibur Aventador S

What happens when superlative Italian aesthetics meet the micro-mechanics of high-end Swiss watchmaker Roger Dubuis? You get a watch inspired by the raging engine of the Lamborghini Aventador S. This is only the beginning of a new run in the form of a high-powered partnership for two brands sharing the same values of breathtaking technology and standout customer experiences.

Why we love it: This watch is equipped with a movement inspired by a supercar.

5. ROGER DUBUIS: Excalibur Spider Pirelli

Roger Dubuis has once again pushed back technical boundaries with the amazing Excalibur Spider Pirelli – Automatic Skeleton. In finding the “Perfect Fit”, this collection features a sleek black titanium case with pristine white accents. Equipped with the Calibre 820SQ, the model sports a fluted titanium black DLC skeletonised bezel which is complemented by a crown over-moulded with white rubber and matching white stitching on the strap.

Why we love it: The Excalibur Spider Pirelli watchstrap is manufactured with winning Pirelli motorsport tyre rubber to remind you that you are a winner.

3. IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN Tribute to Pallweber

Among the highlights of IWC’s 150th Anniversary Jubilee Collection is the Tribute to Pallweber. It is the first ever wristwatch by IWC that offers jumping numerals in a digital display. Only 250 pieces available in this limited edition.

Why we love it: The sophisticated jumping hours digital display.

4. ROGER DUBUIS: Excalibur Aventador S

What happens when superlative Italian aesthetics meet the micro-mechanics of high-end Swiss watchmaker Roger Dubuis? You get a watch inspired by the raging engine of the Lamborghini Aventador S. This is only the beginning of a new run in the form of a high-powered partnership for two brands sharing the same values of breathtaking technology and standout customer experiences.

Why we love it: This watch is equipped with a movement inspired by a supercar.

5. ROGER DUBUIS: Excalibur Spider Pirelli

Roger Dubuis has once again pushed back technical boundaries with the amazing Excalibur Spider Pirelli – Automatic Skeleton. In finding the “Perfect Fit”, this collection features a sleek black titanium case with pristine white accents. Equipped with the Calibre 820SQ, the model sports a fluted titanium black DLC skeletonised bezel which is complemented by a crown over-moulded with white rubber and matching white stitching on the strap.

Why we love it: The Excalibur Spider Pirelli watchstrap is manufactured with winning Pirelli motorsport tyre rubber to remind you that you are a winner.

6. OFFICINE PANERAI L’ Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time

The Astronomo – Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT is the first of Officine Panerai’s creations to have moon phase indication and an innovative system using polarised crystals to indicate the date. A remarkable new made-to-order timepiece which can be personalised, enhancing the series dedicated to the genius of Galileo Galilei.

Why we love it: Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first observation of the sky by Galilei after the invention of the telescope, this timepiece creates a visual feast for watch lovers by combining classical Panerai design with high-end watchmaking.

7. OFFICINE PANERAI Luminor Logo

Strong, simple and iconic: for many years the Luminor Logo has been one of the best-sellers of the Panerai collections with its powerful, distinctive identity, both in the Luminor Base Logo version and in the one with the small-seconds counter at 9 o’clock, the Luminor Marina Logo. Now with new manufacture calibre and a power reserve of three days, this collection appears in six new versions of one of Panerai’s best-sellers, with updated technology and new aesthetic details.

Why we love it: The wide range of straps, not just the more traditional ones in black or brown leather but also others – new for Panerai – in blue or grey fabric with contrasting stitching, giving a younger, more sporty look.

6. OFFICINE PANERAI L’ Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time

The Astronomo – Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT is the first of Officine Panerai’s creations to have moon phase indication and an innovative system using polarised crystals to indicate the date. A remarkable new made-to-order timepiece which can be personalised, enhancing the series dedicated to the genius of Galileo Galilei.

Why we love it: Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first observation of the sky by Galilei after the invention of the telescope, this timepiece creates a visual feast for watch lovers by combining classical Panerai design with high-end watchmaking.

7. OFFICINE PANERAI Luminor Logo

Strong, simple and iconic: for many years the Luminor Logo has been one of the best-sellers of the Panerai collections with its powerful, distinctive identity, both in the Luminor Base Logo version and in the one with the small-seconds counter at 9 o’clock, the Luminor Marina Logo. Now with new manufacture calibre and a power reserve of three days, this collection appears in six new versions of one of Panerai’s best-sellers, with updated technology and new aesthetic details.

Why we love it: The wide range of straps, not just the more traditional ones in black or brown leather but also others – new for Panerai – in blue or grey fabric with contrasting stitching, giving a younger, more sporty look.