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THE TIMEPIECES AND BRANDS THAT HEADLINED DAY TWO OF 2019 SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE

The first watch fair of the year has undoubtedly got the horology community excited with some pretty big reveals. IWC Schaffhausen, Montblanc, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger-LeCoultre were the big brands that showed their hand on the second day of SIHH 2019. With a number of choices, releases and unveils, these established and renowned watchmakers not only drew in the crowds but also provided a hint of what they’ll be delivering for 2019.  

THE TIMEPIECES AND BRANDS THAT HEADLINED DAY TWO OF 2019 SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE

The first watch fair of the year has undoubtedly got the horology community excited with some pretty big reveals. IWC Schaffhausen, Montblanc, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger-LeCoultre were the big brands that showed their hand on the second day of SIHH 2019. With a number of choices, releases and unveils, these established and renowned watchmakers not only drew in the crowds but also provided a hint of what they’ll be delivering for 2019.  

IWC Takes Flight

The Reveal: IWC’s New Pilot’s Range.
The Story: IWC Schaffhausen’s calling card at SIHH has always been its focus on a core collection. For 2019, they’re banking on the collection they’re best known for.
The Collection: Standout releases include the new Spitfire line – the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire and Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight” – which tributes the legendary British fighter aircraft and features IWC-manufactured calibres. IWC also showcased a “Le Petit Prince” edition and a Top Gun series, which has certainly had many sittings up to take notice. The latter is a captivating all black split-seconds chronograph, which is encased in a 44m case made of Ceratanium – IWC’s patented composite of ceramic and titanium.

Jaeger-LeCoultre: The Chime of Time

The Reveal: Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the new Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel – the first multi-axis tourbillon with a constant-force mechanism, Westminster chime and perpetual calendar.
The Story: The Westminster chime is familiar to everyone as the famous melody of the Big Ben clock at the Palace of Westminster in London. Its four-phrase melody is composed of four notes played in different sequences and different quantities at each quarter of the hour.
The Watch:  The Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel is the result of 186 years of fine watchmaking expertise and a spirit of innovation that continues to this day. Reflecting the blend of patrimony and modernity is the design of the watch, which emphasises the round profile of the Master Grande Tradition case.

Charm of Simplicity by Cartier

The Reveal: Cartier expands the Santos De Cartier collection.
The Story: A look into the past helps chart Cartier’s future with a number of uniquely shaped novelties including a brand-new design and an elegant model that first made its debut in 1904.
The Collection: It’s hard to pinpoint which of the new models of the Santos de Cartier brought to SIHH were the clear standouts, because they are all rather good. The new Santos Dumont Watch with its vintage motif sure appeals, which fits nicely as a dress watch for the upcoming Lunar Year celebrations. The Santos De Cartier Chronograph Watch, with its interchangeable bracelet and straps that offer the utmost practicality so as did the new Skeleton Noctambule Watch, which dial’s is pigmented with Super-Luminova will ensure maximum readability when night falls, but invisible in daylight.

Pursuit of Adventure with Montblanc

The Reveal: Montblanc has expanded their 1858 collection with three bronzed cased models with green dials and a steel model.
The Story:  Following the big feat that the 1858 collection received from SIHH 2018 last year, it was a foregone conclusion that this year Montblanc would come up with a new variant of this collection.
The Collection:  Inspired by the “Spirit of the Great Outdoors”, Montblanc updates its biggest hits from the 2018 SIHH – the 1858 Geosphere, 1858 Automatic Chronograph and Automatic. Featuring a bronze case and green khaki straps as well as steel variant, the latest iteration of the 1858 Collection is just outstanding.

Different Beats from Vacheron Constantin

The Reveal:  Today defining the future of fine mechanical watchmaking, Vacheron Constantin presents the Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar, a timepiece that can adapt to its wearer’s needs.
The Story: A true one-of-a-kind timepiece that is not only aesthetically stunning but also boasts unrivalled mechanical capabilities. 
The Collection: The Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar beats at a high frequency that is aligned with modern active lifestyles, displaying the hours, minutes, date, month, leap year cycle and power reserve on its dial. When the watch is not being worn, its in-house developed calibre 3610 QP can be slowed down in order to guarantee an extended power reserve of at least 65 days.

IWC Takes Flight

The Reveal: IWC’s New Pilot’s Range.
The Story: IWC Schaffhausen’s calling card at SIHH has always been its focus on a core collection. For 2019, they’re banking on the collection they’re best known for.
The Collection: Standout releases include the new Spitfire line – the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire and Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight” – which tributes the legendary British fighter aircraft and features IWC-manufactured calibres. IWC also showcased a “Le Petit Prince” edition and a Top Gun series, which has certainly had many sittings up to take notice. The latter is a captivating all black split-seconds chronograph, which is encased in a 44m case made of Ceratanium – IWC’s patented composite of ceramic and titanium.

Jaeger-LeCoultre: The Chime of Time

The Reveal: Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the new Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel – the first multi-axis tourbillon with a constant-force mechanism, Westminster chime and perpetual calendar.
The Story: The Westminster chime is familiar to everyone as the famous melody of the Big Ben clock at the Palace of Westminster in London. Its four-phrase melody is composed of four notes played in different sequences and different quantities at each quarter of the hour.
The Watch:  The Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel is the result of 186 years of fine watchmaking expertise and a spirit of innovation that continues to this day. Reflecting the blend of patrimony and modernity is the design of the watch, which emphasises the round profile of the Master Grande Tradition case.

Charm of Simplicity by Cartier

The Reveal: Cartier expands the Santos De Cartier collection.
The Story: A look into the past helps chart Cartier’s future with a number of uniquely shaped novelties including a brand-new design and an elegant model that first made its debut in 1904.
The Collection: It’s hard to pinpoint which of the new models of the Santos de Cartier brought to SIHH were the clear standouts, because they are all rather good. The new Santos Dumont Watch with its vintage motif sure appeals, which fits nicely as a dress watch for the upcoming Lunar Year celebrations. The Santos De Cartier Chronograph Watch, with its interchangeable bracelet and straps that offer the utmost practicality so as did the new Skeleton Noctambule Watch, which dial’s is pigmented with Super-Luminova will ensure maximum readability when night falls, but invisible in daylight.

Pursuit of Adventure with Montblanc

The Reveal: Montblanc has expanded their 1858 collection with three bronzed cased models with green dials and a steel model.
The Story:  Following the big feat that the 1858 collection received from SIHH 2018 last year, it was a foregone conclusion that this year Montblanc would come up with a new variant of this collection.
The Collection:  Inspired by the “Spirit of the Great Outdoors”, Montblanc updates its biggest hits from the 2018 SIHH – the 1858 Geosphere, 1858 Automatic Chronograph and Automatic. Featuring a bronze case and green khaki straps as well as steel variant, the latest iteration of the 1858 Collection is just outstanding.

Different Beats from Vacheron Constantin

The Reveal:  Today defining the future of fine mechanical watchmaking, Vacheron Constantin presents the Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar, a timepiece that can adapt to its wearer’s needs.
The Story: A true one-of-a-kind timepiece that is not only aesthetically stunning but also boasts unrivalled mechanical capabilities. 
The Collection: The Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar beats at a high frequency that is aligned with modern active lifestyles, displaying the hours, minutes, date, month, leap year cycle and power reserve on its dial. When the watch is not being worn, its in-house developed calibre 3610 QP can be slowed down in order to guarantee an extended power reserve of at least 65 days.