Even though the world of horology seems to be in turmoil it is great to view what Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) has to offer. This amazing show is the first in the watch world calendar and a much more intimate event than Baselworld. It also concentrates solely on exclusive timepieces rather than jewellery. Previously the event has been dominated by the Richemont Group (who don’t exhibit at Baselworld) but this year there seems to be a lot more Avant-Garde brands attending. Here are six of my favourite timepieces (in no particular order) that illustrate the level of craftsmanship within the industry.
Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000
As well as manufacturing wonderful handcrafted pens Montblanc also produce some fantastic watches. In my opinion the TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 is one of the best looking watches the company has ever produced. This timepiece has a distinctive DLC (diamond like carbon) treated titanium case that measures 46.4mm x 17mm. What makes the watch so appealing is the multi layered black partially skeletonsied dial with 1000th second chronograph indication. Beneath the sporty silhouette is an intricate mechanical movement containing 488 individual parts.
Vacheron Constantin Celestia
In the world of horology, the name Vacheron Constantin is synonymous with style and quality. That is why it is no surprise that they are showcasing an extraordinarily complex unique 1/1 timepiece called the Celestia. This phenomenal watch is well proportioned and has an extravagant 18k white gold case measuring 45mm x 13.6mm. What makes this timepiece so exquisite is the exceptionally detailed multi functional dial with moon phase indication, celestial chart and perpetual calendar. At the heart of the watch is a sophisticated 6-barrel tourbillon mechanical movement with a 3-week power reserve.
A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’
A. Lange & Söhne timepieces are coveted by discerning collector’s world wide. Their Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ is a supreme example of their meticulous level of craftsmanship. With a luxurious platinum case measuring 43mm x 16.6mm this watch is designed for the connoisseur. What makes this timepiece so amazing is the intricate solid silver dial with moon phase indication and exposed tourbillon. Powering the watch is a 52-jewel fusee-and-chain mechanical hand winding movement containing 684 individual components.