Join Tim for his final day at SIHH 2018 where he gets exclusive looks at Jaeger Le-Coultre, Ademars Piguet, Gruebel Forsey, Montblanc, H. Moser & Cie, and Richard Mille.
SIHH 2018: Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Full Collection Deep Dive!
For SIHH 2018, Jaeger LeCoultre has re-imagined its sports watch lineup as a full collection inspired by the 1968 Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris Diving Alarm. The models are as follows: Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris Automatic, Polaris Date, Polaris Memovox, Polaris Chronograph, and Polaris Chronograph World Time. The Polaris Memovox is the closest to the original; its 42mm case, dramatically domed sapphire, vanilla-tinted dial luminescence, and true-to-history Super Compressor caseback logo make this 1,000-piece limited edition a hot commodity for fans who love vintage style but crave a warranty, luxury built, and the security of a modern 200-meter water resistance rating. The 42mm stainless steel Polaris Date is the second most heritage-driven model in the Polaris collection. Its 200-meter water resistance rating, dramatically domed sapphire, and vanilla-tinted Super Luminova create the requisite heritage character. The Polaris Memovox, Polaris Date, and Polaris Automatic all feature a bi-directional internal dive bezel inspired by the 1968 original; the Polaris Automatic makes due with a 100-meter water resistant rating and offers a more compact steel 41mm case. A 100-meter automatic chronograph arrives in the form of the Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph; it is 42mm in stainless steel and is powered by the 65-hour power reserve vertical clutch/column wheel manufacture caliber 751. For fans of compound complications, the Polaris Chronograph World Time marries a twin-register (minutes and seconds) chronograph with a 24-time zone world time function. The 44mm titanium Polaris World Time Chronograph is the largest entry in the collection, and it is the only watch not crafted from rose gold or steel.
All of the new Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris models can be purchased on a calf leather strap, an alligator leather strap, a rubber strap, or a steel bracelet with double-deployant clasp and twin micro-adjusters. All models are available with a black dial or a blue dial; all dials feature applied indices and numerals. The Polaris Chronograph also can be purchased in rose gold with an anthracite/metallic grey dial, and rose gold models will be delivered with matching rose gold deployant clasps and rose gold rotors; steel and titanium models feature tungsten rotors. All models delivered on calf or alligator straps will receive pull-tab spring bars and a clasp that enable rapid removal and replacement of straps to suit the tastes or circumstances of the owner.
Jaeger LeCoultre expands its relationship with Argentine leather specialists Casa Fagliano for 2018. Multiple Reverso references including the new Reverso Tribute Small Seconds will be available with Casa Fagliano’s signature shell cordovan leather straps, and Watchbox Studios was able to film Eduardo Fagliano at work cutting, finishing, and fitting Casa Fagliano straps to the Reverso colleciton
SIHH 2018: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Goes Ultra Thin, Titanium, Perpetual, and Platinum!
Audemars Piguet entered SIHH 2018 with the wind in its sails. AP added strength to strength by debuting a broad range of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore models at Geneva’s Palexpo. Leading the line is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak RD#2 Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar. The 41mm reference 26586PT is, for now, a concept watch. Its 6.3mm thickness makes the Royal Oak RD#2 the world’s thinnest automatic-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch. The caliber 5133 ultra-thin automatic movement is fashioned in-house by Audemars Piguet, and it measure a total of 2.89mm with perpetual calendar and base movement combined. The Royal Oak RD#2 features a full platinum bezel, case, bracelet, and clasp.
Revered by watch collectors of all loyalties, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin 15202IP “Jumbo” adds several new dimensions to Audemars Piguet’s most important watch. The Royal Oak 15202IP sports a platinum bezel, a titanium case and bracelet, and a spectacular tapisserie dial with gradient blue fade. At the periphery of its “Petit Tapisserie” hobnail dial, dark navy – almost black – coloration dominates; as the eye migrates inward, the color shifts to cobalt, and then light silver-blue. This new Royal Oak “Jumbo” will be a low-production Audemars Piguet boutique exclusive.
The Royal Oak Offshore family expands with new versions of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked 26407.
SIHH 2018: Greubel Forsey GMT Earth, Différentiel d'Égalité, Double Balancier
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