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Time Bandits

SIHH is the highlight of my press trip calendar. You spend three days getting to look at, and sometimes even touch, some of the most incredible timepieces in a rather sophisticated setting. What’s not to love?

This year was no different and, although you’ll have to wait until the March issue of Retail Jeweller for my complete run down of who launched what, here is a selection of a few of the pieces that caught my eye.

First up is the Poetic Wish piece from Van Cleef and Arpels.


Although the brand’s art dials are not ot everyone’s taste, you cannot deny the exceptional skill that goes into creating them. However, what was most interesting about this year’s addition to the collection was what was going on inside. Rather than create a minute repeater where the hammers are flush to the dial, Van Cleef decided to sit them vertically in a hole in the middle of the movement.


Next up on the innovative complication front was Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Duometre a Spherotourbillon. Because the traditional tourbillon was designed for a pocketwatch, it doesn’t compensate for the effects of gravity in all positions. Jaeger-LeCoultre has decided to address that by introducing a tourbillon with an additional rotational axis. The resulting tourbillon not only revoles around the axis of its titanium carriage, it also spins around a second axis, inclined at a 20 degree angle. Just think gyroscope and you’ll get the general jist.


Taking things to the next level is something Greubel Forsey is well-known for. Quadruple tourbillons, anyone? This gem, The Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain, caught my eye because of the split level dial and the really cool synthetic sapphire tourbillon bridge (I realise you won’t be able to see that in the pic but trust me, it looked great).


Speaking of cool bridges, next up is Girard-Perregaux who eschewed its usual three gold bridges and instead decided to use spinel, a gemstone more commonly used in jewellery. When I first saw it, I admit I was unsure but repeated viewing has definitely altered my view. Obviously unlike Maggie, this lady is for turning.


Which was also the case with this next watch. I was lucky enough to get a pre-SIHH preview on the A.Lange & Sohne Datograph Up/Down in Dresden and when I first saw it, I was lukewarm, which was probably down to my general ignorance about what an icon the original Datograph was. This update has a larger case than the original and has the additional “Up/Down” power reserve indicator. It also looks pretty damn slick too.


Normally I don’t like overly-feminine watches - I wear a Bremont Solo, which I think says a lot about my taste in timepieces - but this Ralph Lauren beauty did make my heart flutter. I don’t know whether it is the green strap or that it makes me think it is something Daisy Buchanan (my current style crush) would wear in Great Gatsby but either way, I want…




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