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DAY ONE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2019 SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE

Like clockwork, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) has once again set the tone for the world of fine watchmaking. Like previous editions, the 2019 show saw prestigious watch brands take the wraps off some of their most exquisite models, which provided watch aficionados a little taster of what’s coming throughout the year. Here are a few that caught the attention of attendees on day one of this year’s first big watch fair.

DAY ONE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2019 SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE

Like clockwork, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) has once again set the tone for the world of fine watchmaking. Like previous editions, the 2019 show saw prestigious watch brands take the wraps off some of their most exquisite models, which provided watch aficionados a little taster of what’s coming throughout the year. Here are a few that caught the attention of attendees on day one of this year’s first big watch fair.

Rock You Like A Huracán

The Watch:  Roger Dubuis Excalibur Huracán Performante
Need to Know: A collaborative timepiece made in partnership with legendary super car maker, Lamborghini. Limited to just 88 pieces worldwide.
The Essentials: The 45mm titanium timepiece sports automotive cues inspired by the Lamborghini sports car. This includes a crown designed to reflect the nuts on the supercar’s wheels and the circular rotor in the movement that replicates the design of the Huracàn’s rims. Even the skeletonised dial boasts an air intake design reminiscent of the one seen on the performance vehicle as does the strap made from alcantara with a rubber inlay inspired by a Pirelli racing tyre. A brand new RD630 movement – visible through the open-worked dial – powers this limited-edition timepiece.

Towards the Ultimate Challenge

The Watch: Panerai Submersible Luna Rossa Challenger
The Essentials: With a case made out of the highly advanced material – Carbotech, it features the AC75 Monohull engraved into the titanium case back of the Luna Rossa. Resting at the heart of the Luna Rossa Challenger, the completely in-house P.9010/GMT automatic movement features a bidirectional oscillating weight and two spring barrels giving it a 3-day power reserve.
Cool Factor: The new Panerai Luna Rossa watches will be worn by the members of the Luna Rossa Sailing Team headed by Massimiliano “Max” Sirena.

Out Of This World

The Watch:  Piaget Altiplano Meteorite
Need to Know: The Altiplano is Piaget’s signature ultra-thin timepiece. First introduced in the 1960s, the model continues to showcase the brand’s movement-making prowess.
The Essentials: Piaget showcased a trio of Altiplano models at SIHH 2019 one in stunning blue and a pair featuring meteorite dials. Both the Altiplano Meteorite and Altiplano Tourbillon feature unique textured meteorite dials, which will surely be the target of collectors, especially the latter, which is only limited to 28 pieces. The Altiplano Meteorite on the other hand is limited to 300, but will no doubt be quickly snapped up as well due to its beautiful intricate design. The model features subtle pink gold indexes and features a grey alligator strap and 18k pink gold buckle. Beneath the stunning dial lies the heart of the timepiece – an ultra-thin calibre 1203P, which boasts a power reserve of 44 hours

Pursuit of Perfection

The Watch: Clifton Baumatic Cadran Bleu
Need to Know: Available in two versions which is on a five -row steel bracelet with a triple folding clasp and security push-pieces and one features an interchangeable black alligator leather strap.
The Essentials: Baume & Mercier Maison reveals a blue-to-black gradated sunburst dial featuring a white minute track and rhodium-plated hands. The 40 mm steel case offers harmonious proportions. On the COSC-certified models (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute), a discreet white crosshair appears on the dial.

Rock You Like A Huracán

The Watch:  Roger Dubuis Excalibur Huracán Performante
Need to Know: A collaborative timepiece made in partnership with legendary super car maker, Lamborghini. Limited to just 88 pieces worldwide.
The Essentials: The 45mm titanium timepiece sports automotive cues inspired by the Lamborghini sports car. This includes a crown designed to reflect the nuts on the supercar’s wheels and the circular rotor in the movement that replicates the design of the Huracàn’s rims. Even the skeletonised dial boasts an air intake design reminiscent of the one seen on the performance vehicle as does the strap made from alcantara with a rubber inlay inspired by a Pirelli racing tyre. A brand new RD630 movement – visible through the open-worked dial – powers this limited-edition timepiece.

Towards the Ultimate Challenge

The Watch: Panerai Submersible Luna Rossa Challenger
The Essentials: With a case made out of the highly advanced material – Carbotech, it features the AC75 Monohull engraved into the titanium case back of the Luna Rossa. Resting at the heart of the Luna Rossa Challenger, the completely in-house P.9010/GMT automatic movement features a bidirectional oscillating weight and two spring barrels giving it a 3-day power reserve.
Cool Factor: The new Panerai Luna Rossa watches will be worn by the members of the Luna Rossa Sailing Team headed by Massimiliano “Max” Sirena.

Out Of This World

The Watch:  Piaget Altiplano Meteorite
Need to Know: The Altiplano is Piaget’s signature ultra-thin timepiece. First introduced in the 1960s, the model continues to showcase the brand’s movement-making prowess.
The Essentials: Piaget showcased a trio of Altiplano models at SIHH 2019 one in stunning blue and a pair featuring meteorite dials. Both the Altiplano Meteorite and Altiplano Tourbillon feature unique textured meteorite dials, which will surely be the target of collectors, especially the latter, which is only limited to 28 pieces. The Altiplano Meteorite on the other hand is limited to 300, but will no doubt be quickly snapped up as well due to its beautiful intricate design. The model features subtle pink gold indexes and features a grey alligator strap and 18k pink gold buckle. Beneath the stunning dial lies the heart of the timepiece – an ultra-thin calibre 1203P, which boasts a power reserve of 44 hours

Pursuit of Perfection

The Watch: Clifton Baumatic Cadran Bleu
Need to Know: Available in two versions which is on a five -row steel bracelet with a triple folding clasp and security push-pieces and one features an interchangeable black alligator leather strap.
The Essentials: Baume & Mercier Maison reveals a blue-to-black gradated sunburst dial featuring a white minute track and rhodium-plated hands. The 40 mm steel case offers harmonious proportions. On the COSC-certified models (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute), a discreet white crosshair appears on the dial.