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The Stunning Novelties Of 2020 (So Far)

The Stunning Novelties Of 2020  (So Far)

It’s already mid-year but the watch industry is in no short supply of beautiful and astounding novelties that have made their mark

We’ve reached the halfway mark of the year and admittedly despite a somewhat challenging start, the world of horology has continued ticking on rarely missing a beat. In the past few months, major watch brands have whet the appetite of its fans with no short supply of new timepieces.

Many brands chose to reveal their best at trade events like Watches & Wonders, offering collectors and customers to view and admire their latest from a virtual space. There were also several notable releases made by the brands themselves on their own platforms. As we pass the mid-year mark, we bring together some of the most unique and stunning novelties that have caught collector’s eyes in 2020 thus far.

Asymmetric Beauty

The Cartier Tank Asymétrique

Once again looking back at its archives, Cartier has revived the Asymétrique, which was introduced back in 1936. Like the original version, the model deviates from the Tank’s conventional rectangular case, adopting a diamond shape instead with the dial rotated 30 degrees to the right. For 2020, Cartier has unveiled several versions of the Tank Asymétrique including skeletonized variants. The standard models are powered by a super slim hand-wound 1917 MC calibre, which offers a 38-hour power reserve. The timepiece arrives in a 47.15 mm by 26.2 mm case and features a dial with a redesigned set of Arabic numerals and indices along with sword-shaped hands.

Military Chic
Bell & Ross BR03-92 HUD

One of the most useful and important technological features ever invented for fighter planes now serves as inspiration for Bell & Ross’ newest timepiece. The BR03-92 HUD takes its cues from the Head Up Display, also known as HUD – a transparent glass screen that displays vital information in the pilot’s visual field.  The 42mm timepiece recreates this effect via a green-tinted sapphire crystal with four right angles painted with green Super-LumiNova® to emulate the look of a HUD indicator. Limited to 999 pieces, the BR03-92 HUD is powered by an automatic calibre BR-CAL.302 and is paired with a black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric strap.

Rose Gold Beauty
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate

A true high complication timepiece, this tourbillon chronograph sports a unique bridge along with running seconds at nine o’clock and skeletonized hour and minute hands. The counter display for the chronograph sits at 3 o’ clock with the power reserve situated at 12 o’clock. Approximately 295 components help drive the extraordinary PF354 hand-wound movement, which can be duly admired via the sapphire crystal back. The 43mm timepiece also exudes artistry in its design with a dial decorated with traditional grain de riz guilloché and an accompanying Hermès Havana alligator strap that neatly ties up this stylish package.

Rising Tides
IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon and Tide Chronograph

With a case crafted out of premium 950 platinum, the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date has secured its spot in the maison’s Collection Excellence Platine (CEP). Limited to a run of 50, the timepiece features a matching sandblasted dial with applied indices as well as hour and minute hands in white gold. A third blue hand works the retrograde at the top of the dial, complementing the moon phase and moon age display at 6 o’clock. The in-house developed 2460 R31L automatic movement works all functions of the watch whilst providing a power reserve of 40 hours.

Stunning Rarity
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date

Panerai once again delivers a stunning timepiece created in collaboration with celebrated adventurer, Mike Horn. Only five pieces of this limited edition Submersible are being made available, but each will come with an opportunity to explore the artic and undergo a bit of survival training with Horn himself. That cool and unique opportunity aside, there is no denying this particular Submersible is a thing of beauty.  The 50mm watch is made from recycled metal from Horn’s yacht, the Pangaea, and it is also equipped with a vertically rotating tourbillon, which can be admired via the skeletonised dial. The power reserve is rated for six days.

Travel Companion
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic

The new Master Control Geographic comes in a choice of steel or Le Grand Rose gold, which further elevates the model within the Master Control collection. Ticking inside the 40mm case is the new Calibre 939, offering a 70-hour power reserve. Key features of the watch include a 24-hour night/day indicator with an aperture at the bottom displaying the city related to the time zone. A second sub-dial also displays a second time zone for added convenience. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic is paired with a Novonappa calf leather strap, which adds a nice contrast to the overall ensemble.

We’ve reached the halfway mark of the year and admittedly despite a somewhat challenging start, the world of horology has continued ticking on rarely missing a beat. In the past few months, major watch brands have whet the appetite of its fans with no short supply of new timepieces.

Many brands chose to reveal their best at trade events like Watches & Wonders, offering collectors and customers to view and admire their latest from a virtual space. There were also several notable releases made by the brands themselves on their own platforms. As we pass the mid-year mark, we bring together some of the most unique and stunning novelties that have caught collector’s eyes in 2020 thus far.

Asymmetric Beauty

The Cartier Tank Asymétrique

Once again looking back at its archives, Cartier has revived the Asymétrique, which was introduced back in 1936. Like the original version, the model deviates from the Tank’s conventional rectangular case, adopting a diamond shape instead with the dial rotated 30 degrees to the right. For 2020, Cartier has unveiled several versions of the Tank Asymétrique including skeletonized variants. The standard models are powered by a super slim hand-wound 1917 MC calibre, which offers a 38-hour power reserve. The timepiece arrives in a 47.15 mm by 26.2 mm case and features a dial with a redesigned set of Arabic numerals and indices along with sword-shaped hands.

Military Chic
Bell & Ross BR03-92 HUD

One of the most useful and important technological features ever invented for fighter planes now serves as inspiration for Bell & Ross’ newest timepiece. The BR03-92 HUD takes its cues from the Head Up Display, also known as HUD – a transparent glass screen that displays vital information in the pilot’s visual field.  The 42mm timepiece recreates this effect via a green-tinted sapphire crystal with four right angles painted with green Super-LumiNova® to emulate the look of a HUD indicator. Limited to 999 pieces, the BR03-92 HUD is powered by an automatic calibre BR-CAL.302 and is paired with a black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric strap.

Rose Gold Beauty
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate

A true high complication timepiece, this tourbillon chronograph sports a unique bridge along with running seconds at nine o’clock and skeletonized hour and minute hands. The counter display for the chronograph sits at 3 o’ clock with the power reserve situated at 12 o’clock. Approximately 295 components help drive the extraordinary PF354 hand-wound movement, which can be duly admired via the sapphire crystal back. The 43mm timepiece also exudes artistry in its design with a dial decorated with traditional grain de riz guilloché and an accompanying Hermès Havana alligator strap that neatly ties up this stylish package.

Rising Tides
IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon and Tide Chronograph

One of the biggest highlights of the year from IWC is the Portugieser Yacht Club Moon and Tide Chronograph, which boasts a tide tracker and indicator. Presented in a 44mm 18k rose gold case and a stunning blue dial along with gold-plated hands, 18k gold appliques and matching blue rubber strap, the timepiece is powered by a newly-developed Calibre 82835 manufacture. The movement not only works the functions of the watch but also the double moon indication situated at 12 o’clock that notes the strength of the tides. The adjustable timer situated at 6 o’clock also conveniently allows the wearer to run and set local tide cycles for optimum accuracy.

Stunning Rarity
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date

With a case crafted out of premium 950 platinum, the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date has secured its spot in the maison’s Collection Excellence Platine (CEP). Limited to a run of 50, the timepiece features a matching sandblasted dial with applied indices as well as hour and minute hands in white gold. A third blue hand works the retrograde at the top of the dial, complementing the moon phase and moon age display at 6 o’clock. The in-house developed 2460 R31L automatic movement works all functions of the watch whilst providing a power reserve of 40 hours.

Travel Companion
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic

The new Master Control Geographic comes in a choice of steel or Le Grand Rose gold, which further elevates the model within the Master Control collection. Ticking inside the 40mm case is the new Calibre 939, offering a 70-hour power reserve. Key features of the watch include a 24-hour night/day indicator with an aperture at the bottom displaying the city related to the time zone. A second sub-dial also displays a second time zone for added convenience. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic is paired with a Novonappa calf leather strap, which adds a nice contrast to the overall ensemble.