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WITH THE YEAR’S FIRST WATCH SHOWCASE ONLY DAYS AWAY, SOME BRANDS ARE ALREADY GEARING UP TO STEAL THE SHOW

The 29th edition of Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) will once again kick-off the festivities for the watchmaking industry for the year ahead. Taking place from 14-17 January 2019, the show will once more offer a grand stage for established watchmakers to showcase their best offerings. In this SIHH preview, we check out what some prominent brands will be bringing to the show to captivate the hearts and minds of the watch community.

WITH THE YEAR’S FIRST WATCH SHOWCASE ONLY DAYS AWAY, SOME BRANDS ARE ALREADY GEARING UP TO STEAL THE SHOW

The 29th edition of Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) will once again kick-off the festivities for the watchmaking industry for the year ahead. Taking place from 14-17 January 2019, the show will once more offer a grand stage for established watchmakers to showcase their best offerings. In this SIHH preview, we check out what some prominent brands will be bringing to the show to captivate the hearts and minds of the watch community.

Shapes & Colours From Cartier

Unique designs and shapes have been the hallmark of Cartier, evident by models such as the Tank and Santos. For 2019, the brand will debut a trio of timepieces at SIHH, all of which showcase sophisticated watchmaking techniques combined with the maison’s distinctive style.

The Tank Chinoise Red is a fitting example as it is based on the 1921 classic but imbued with the colour red, which symbolises passion and vitality. The timepiece is bordered by two lintels of calibrated rubies highlighted by black enamel with a line of diamonds adorning the brancards and edge. The Diagnale on the other hand charts a new direction for Cartier with a geometric design accentuated with paved diamonds and black enamel. The Art Deco styled piece is destined to be a classic in its own right in time to come.

The signature aesthetic of the Baignoire Allongee will surely steal glances. Available in white or yellow gold, Cartier is offering the model in two stylish variants both of which are studded with emeralds and Paraiba tourmalines, black spinels, yellow sapphires or diamonds and features dials paved with dazzling diamonds.

Cartier has also looked back in time for inspiration for its men’s range with the Cartier Privé Tonneau and Skeleton Dual Time. A nod to the Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP), a line of high-end mechanical watches produced in 1998, the new collection features the unique barrel design that Cartier debuted in 1906.

The Cartier Privé Tonneau is an extra-large, time-only watch powered by the hand-wound 1917 small in-house calibre and features a radial brushed finish dial, with raised Romain numerals and blued steel Breguet hands. The Skeleton Dual Time on the other hand is slightly larger and is equipped with the in-house 9919 MC offering a 60-hour power reserve, and finished in platinum or 18k pink gold.

Flights Of Fancy: IWC

Pilot’s Watches will be at the centrepiece at IWC Schaffhausen’s showcase and it’s fitting too considering the ties the Swiss watchmaker has with aviation. At SIHH, IWC will be presenting a full fleet of Pilot’s Watch novelties that exemplify the brand’s engineering prowess and material expertise.

The Swiss watchmaking company will be presenting a new Spitfire line, inspired by the legendary British fighter aircraft. The range boasts a design inspired by the iconic Mark 11 navigation watch and arrives fitted with IWC-manufactured calibres. A particular highlight of the collection is the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight”, which combines the patented Timezoner mechanism with an entirely automatic IWC-manufactured movement.

The new Top Gun line sees IWC make use of the innovative new material Ceratanium® for the first time in a Pilot’s Watch. The new collection sees IWC make use of the innovative new material Ceratanium® for the first time in a Pilot’s Watch, which is offered in jet black, a first as well.  The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium® offers an integrated split-seconds hand mechanism for simultaneously measuring short periods of time and is powered by the 79230 calibre with self-winding mechanism and boasts a power reserve of 44 hours.

Art Of Precision: Jaeger-LeCoultre

For SIHH, Jaeger-LeCoultre has fine-tuned one of its classic pieces, and given it an artistic makeover. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Moon Enamel shows off the artistry and workmanship of the Grande Maison. Tapping into age-old skills like guillochage, engraving, gem-setting, and enamelling, the timepiece exemplifies the mastery and craftmanship Jaeger-LeCoultre possesses.

Issued in a limited series of 100 pieces, the new Master Ultra-Thin Moon Enamel proudly expresses its character in a pure and refined form, evident by its hand-guilloché blue enamel dial, new hour-markers, a new polished moon, and a new engraved counter. It’s extremely thin 10mm case in white gold conceals its engine, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 925, an automatic mechanical movement with a 70-hour power reserve.

Diving Heritage: Panerai

The rich backstory of Panerai and its ties to the Navy frogmen are well documented. So it’s not surprising to see the brand revealing its new Submersible Chrono – Guillaume Néry edition, which honours the French freediving champion.

The diver’s watch shares similar attributes with the former freediver turned accomplished underwater photographer. The new Submersible Chrono prides itself on its technical performance and remarkably powerful, sporty appearance. The timepiece is above all a professional diver’s watch, water-resistant to a depth of about 300 metres and fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel.

Built with a titanium case, the 47mm chronograph is fitted with a P.9100 automatic calibre with a power reserve of three days.  Fitted with a blue rubber strap, the timepiece’s case back features an engraving of Guillaume Néry’s signature and the depths of his final awe-inspiring record: 126 metres, achieved with a single breath.

Grand Complications: Vacheron Constantin

Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is one of the world’s oldest watch Manufactures. Priding itself on its 260 year history, the brand is once again displaying its watchmaking excellence and stylistic sophistication perfected by generations of master craftsmen.

Vacheron Constantin will bring two unique pieces to the show, the first of which is the Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart. Presented in 18k white gold, which offers a fitting contrast against a black guilloché dial, the 45mm timepiece features a classic design highlighted by baguette-cut diamonds set in the bezel and lugs.  To drive the various functions of this extremely technical watch, Vacheron Constantin’s watchmakers chose to develop a new manual-winding movement endowed with a 58-hour power reserve.

This cosmic vision is further enhanced by the sky chart appearing on the case-back. In this depiction of the night sky above Geneva, the Milky Way, constellations and stars shine brightly. The celestial tableau performs one full spin on its axis in 23 hours and 56 minutes, corresponding to sidereal time.

The one-of-a-kind motif continues in the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Grande Complication Phoenix, which combines an ultra-complicated movement and ancestral crafts. Offered in an 18k pink gold case, the 47mm watch carries a hand-engraved phoenix theme, which reportedly took 300 hours to complete.

At the heart of this exquisite and highly-artistic piece is the famous Calibre 2755, which is tasked to drive the many functions of this extremely complicated watch. This manual-winding movement is equipped with a 58-hour power reserve is dedicated to the particularly sophisticated models of the Manufacture.

Heritage & Racing: Montblanc

Montblanc will bring its latest additions to its existing TimeWalker and Star Legacy collections to SIHH 2019. For its Star Legacy line-up, Montblanc will unveil new versions of the Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec and Star Legacy timepieces.

The former is powered by the iconic calibre MB R200 Manufacture monopusher chronograph movement with automatic winding and column-wheel mechanism and features a red gold and anthracite aesthetic and another in stainless-steel with an anthracite dial. Both are equipped with matching anthracite Sfumato alligator straps made at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy.

Montblanc has also enhanced its Star Legacy product line with two new Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date models and a Montblanc Star Legacy Full Calendar model featuring new black Roman numerals. The new models arrive with new design codes featuring a refined dial with the Montblanc exploding star guilloché pattern, leafshaped hands, a “filet sauté” guilloché motif and a unique railway track.

The Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date is powered by is equipped with the automatic calibre MB 24.01 and features the hours, minutes and seconds in the centre and a date in an aperture at six o’clock. It comes in a choice of 39mm or 42 mm and is fitted with a silvery-white dial. The Montblanc Star Legacy Full Calendar is made available with a 42mm stainless-steel case and is powered by the automatic calibre MB 29.12 which indicates the hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, month and moonphase.

Motorsport serves as the inspiration for the two new TimeWalker Chronograph timepieces with ‘reverse panda’ dials that reinforce their sporty, vintage and racing appeal with distinctive aesthetics. Featuring 41mm and 43mm stainless steel cases, both models feature contrasting black backgrounds and silvery-white counters as well as flanges along with a practical tachymeter scale for timing speed that is indicated on the fixed ceramic bezel.

Powered by the Montblanc Manufacture chronograph calibre MB 25.10, the 43mm Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph, features hours and minutes displays in the centre with a small seconds at 6 o’clock. The Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph 41mm features a calibre MB 25.07 movement with hours and minutes from the centre and small seconds at 9 o’clock and date window at 3 o’clock.

Both chronographs have been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, which simulates real-life wear for over 500 hours providing proven and unmatched reliability and performance.

Shapes & Colours From Cartier

Unique designs and shapes have been the hallmark of Cartier, evident by models such as the Tank and Santos. For 2019, the brand will debut a trio of timepieces at SIHH, all of which showcase sophisticated watchmaking techniques combined with the maison’s distinctive style.

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Diagnale

The Tank Chinoise Red is a fitting example as it is based on the 1921 classic but imbued with the colour red, which symbolises passion and vitality. The timepiece is bordered by two lintels of calibrated rubies highlighted by black enamel with a line of diamonds adorning the brancards and edge. The Diagnale on the other hand charts a new direction for Cartier with a geometric design accentuated with paved diamonds and black enamel. The Art Deco styled piece is destined to be a classic in its own right in time to come.

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The signature aesthetic of the Baignoire Allongee will surely steal glances. Available in white or yellow gold, Cartier is offering the model in two stylish variants both of which are studded with emeralds and Paraiba tourmalines, black spinels, yellow sapphires or diamonds and features dials paved with dazzling diamonds.

Cartier has also looked back in time for inspiration for its men’s range with the Cartier Privé Tonneau and Skeleton Dual Time. A nod to the Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP), a line of high-end mechanical watches produced in 1998, the new collection features the unique barrel design that Cartier debuted in 1906.

The Cartier Privé Tonneau is an extra-large, time-only watch powered by the hand-wound 1917 small in-house calibre and features a radial brushed finish dial, with raised Romain numerals and blued steel Breguet hands. The Skeleton Dual Time on the other hand is slightly larger and is equipped with the in-house 9919 MC offering a 60-hour power reserve, and finished in platinum or 18k pink gold.

Flights Of Fancy: IWC

Pilot’s Watches will be at the centrepiece at IWC Schaffhausen’s showcase and it’s fitting too considering the ties the Swiss watchmaker has with aviation. At SIHH, IWC will be presenting a full fleet of Pilot’s Watch novelties that exemplify the brand’s engineering prowess and material expertise.

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The Swiss watchmaking company will be presenting a new Spitfire line, inspired by the legendary British fighter aircraft. The range boasts a design inspired by the iconic Mark 11 navigation watch and arrives fitted with IWC-manufactured calibres. A particular highlight of the collection is the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight”, which combines the patented Timezoner mechanism with an entirely automatic IWC-manufactured movement.

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The new Top Gun line sees IWC make use of the innovative new material Ceratanium® for the first time in a Pilot’s Watch. The new collection sees IWC make use of the innovative new material Ceratanium® for the first time in a Pilot’s Watch, which is offered in jet black, a first as well.  The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium® offers an integrated split-seconds hand mechanism for simultaneously measuring short periods of time and is powered by the 79230 calibre with self-winding mechanism and boasts a power reserve of 44 hours.

Art Of Precision: Jaeger-LeCoultre

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For SIHH, Jaeger-LeCoultre has fine-tuned one of its classic pieces, and given it an artistic makeover. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Moon Enamel shows off the artistry and workmanship of the Grande Maison. Tapping into age-old skills like guillochage, engraving, gem-setting, and enamelling, the timepiece exemplifies the mastery and craftmanship Jaeger-LeCoultre possesses.

Issued in a limited series of 100 pieces, the new Master Ultra-Thin Moon Enamel proudly expresses its character in a pure and refined form, evident by its hand-guilloché blue enamel dial, new hour-markers, a new polished moon, and a new engraved counter. It’s extremely thin 10mm case in white gold conceals its engine, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 925, an automatic mechanical movement with a 70-hour power reserve.

Diving Heritage: Panerai

The rich backstory of Panerai and its ties to the Navy frogmen are well documented. So it’s not surprising to see the brand revealing its new Submersible Chrono – Guillaume Néry edition, which honours the French freediving champion.

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The diver’s watch shares similar attributes with the former freediver turned accomplished underwater photographer. The new Submersible Chrono prides itself on its technical performance and remarkably powerful, sporty appearance. The timepiece is above all a professional diver’s watch, water-resistant to a depth of about 300 metres and fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel.

Built with a titanium case, the 47mm chronograph is fitted with a P.9100 automatic calibre with a power reserve of three days.  Fitted with a blue rubber strap, the timepiece’s case back features an engraving of Guillaume Néry’s signature and the depths of his final awe-inspiring record: 126 metres, achieved with a single breath.

Grand Complications: Vacheron Constantin

Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is one of the world’s oldest watch Manufactures. Priding itself on its 260 year history, the brand is once again displaying its watchmaking excellence and stylistic sophistication perfected by generations of master craftsmen.

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Vacheron Constantin will bring two unique pieces to the show, the first of which is the Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart. Presented in 18k white gold, which offers a fitting contrast against a black guilloché dial, the 45mm timepiece features a classic design highlighted by baguette-cut diamonds set in the bezel and lugs.  To drive the various functions of this extremely technical watch, Vacheron Constantin’s watchmakers chose to develop a new manual-winding movement endowed with a 58-hour power reserve.

This cosmic vision is further enhanced by the sky chart appearing on the case-back. In this depiction of the night sky above Geneva, the Milky Way, constellations and stars shine brightly. The celestial tableau performs one full spin on its axis in 23 hours and 56 minutes, corresponding to sidereal time.

The one-of-a-kind motif continues in the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Grande Complication Phoenix, which combines an ultra-complicated movement and ancestral crafts. Offered in an 18k pink gold case, the 47mm watch carries a hand-engraved phoenix theme, which reportedly took 300 hours to complete.

At the heart of this exquisite and highly-artistic piece is the famous Calibre 2755, which is tasked to drive the many functions of this extremely complicated watch. This manual-winding movement is equipped with a 58-hour power reserve is dedicated to the particularly sophisticated models of the Manufacture.

Heritage & Racing: Montblanc

Montblanc will bring its latest additions to its existing TimeWalker and Star Legacy collections to SIHH 2019. For its Star Legacy line-up, Montblanc will unveil new versions of the Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec and Star Legacy timepieces.

The former is powered by the iconic calibre MB R200 Manufacture monopusher chronograph movement with automatic winding and column-wheel mechanism and features a red gold and anthracite aesthetic and another in stainless-steel with an anthracite dial. Both are equipped with matching anthracite Sfumato alligator straps made at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy.

Montblanc has also enhanced its Star Legacy product line with two new Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date models and a Montblanc Star Legacy Full Calendar model featuring new black Roman numerals. The new models arrive with new design codes featuring a refined dial with the Montblanc exploding star guilloché pattern, leafshaped hands, a “filet sauté” guilloché motif and a unique railway track.

The Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date is powered by is equipped with the automatic calibre MB 24.01 and features the hours, minutes and seconds in the centre and a date in an aperture at six o’clock. It comes in a choice of 39mm or 42 mm and is fitted with a silvery-white dial. The Montblanc Star Legacy Full Calendar is made available with a 42mm stainless-steel case and is powered by the automatic calibre MB 29.12 which indicates the hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, month and moonphase.

Motorsport serves as the inspiration for the two new TimeWalker Chronograph timepieces with ‘reverse panda’ dials that reinforce their sporty, vintage and racing appeal with distinctive aesthetics. Featuring 41mm and 43mm stainless steel cases, both models feature contrasting black backgrounds and silvery-white counters as well as flanges along with a practical tachymeter scale for timing speed that is indicated on the fixed ceramic bezel.

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Powered by the Montblanc Manufacture chronograph calibre MB 25.10, the 43mm Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph, features hours and minutes displays in the centre with a small seconds at 6 o’clock. The Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph 41mm features a calibre MB 25.07 movement with hours and minutes from the centre and small seconds at 9 o’clock and date window at 3 o’clock.

Both chronographs have been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, which simulates real-life wear for over 500 hours providing proven and unmatched reliability and performance.