With only a month away before the return of the biggest and most-exclusive watches exhibition, the Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland, many watches aficionados are waiting with bated breath to see what the luxury brands have up their sleeves for next year’s presentation, which will take place on January 16 - 20, 2017.
It’s stated that the 2017 SIHH will add more new brands to the line-up as well as providing one day open to the public, making this the first time for the prestigious timepieces exhibition to do so, on its last day.
As the world watch gears up for SIHH 2017, Indonesia Tatler has an exclusive preview of some of the world’s most luxurious watch brands and we are going to give you a little sneak peek of what’s to come. Read on and make sure to check this page regularly as we will be updating it along the way.
Cartier Trait d’éclat
Cartier debuts the stunning Trait D'Eclat in the lead-up to SIHH 2017. Described as a high jewellery watch, the product is inspired by a coterie of 15 rubies and comprised of 24.98 carats in total. The oval rubies weave around the watch in a glittering ribbon accentuated with baguette-cut diamonds, curling around and caressing the dial that softly blends into the composition.
Van Cleef & Arpels - Lady Arpels Papillon Automate
The maison continues its tradition of poetic complications with the latest novelty: Lady Arpels Papillon Automate. The timepiece features a fluttering butterfly automaton on the dial set complimented with diamonds, sapphires and mother-of-a-pearl against a bucolic backdrop. The butterfly, nestled on the flower, will flutter its wings as the hours and minutes flow on the right. When the watch isn’t use, the butterfly is set in motion 19 times per hour, while the butterfly can also be activated on demand by pressing the push-button on the case band. Lady Arpels Papillon Automate is completed by a blue alligator strap with a white gold pin buckle also set with diamonds.
Richard Mille RM 07-01 Ladies
Richard Mille’s jewelled case is made from NTPT carbon and rose gold. The watch features a newly designed crown that protects the calibre from improper winding movement, skeleton with indication of hours, minutes and variable geometry rotor.
MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual
This year will see two editions of the Legacy Machine from MB&F, which comes in white gold, one with purple dial and the other one with grey. While the purple face is limited to 25 pieces, the grey face is an unlimited piece. The timepiece features a fully integrated 581-component movement with a ground breaking new calendar system.
Roger Dubuis is bringing its classic Excalibur collection back again with the Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt, which that comes with a hand-wound 590-part RD101 Quatuor movement made from cobalt chrome material covering the 48mm-diameter case, bezel, case back and crown. The cobalt chrome is completed with a blue PVD-coated movement barrel cage and bridges, as well as the dial, an hour-marker and an alligator leather strap.
Vacheron Constantin is unveiling a new piece to its Traditionnelle line: the Minute Repeater Tourbillon. The new watch is driven by the Caliber 2755 TMR movement that combines a minute repeater mechanism striking on demand with a tourbillon with a 58-hour power reserve. The 44mm diameter case is matched with transparent sapphire crystal case back. The dial also comes with a unique 18k gold guilloché pattern or 18k white-gold hour markers, while the strap is embellished with blue or black alligator leather with hand-stitched and saddle finish.
In conjunction with Piaget Altiplano’s 60th anniversary, the Swiss luxury brand will be unveiling a limited-edition collectionthat is said to exude aura of chic discretion and which will be available in two original models: one hand-winding (43mm) and self-winding (38mm). The 38mm model is equipped with Calibre 430P and comes with a blue dial, a cross in the centre, a white-gold appliques index and a 43-hour power reserve. Not just that, the watch is also decorated with Circular Côtes de Genève finishing and a blue alligator strap.
Meanwhile, the 43mm model is equipped with Calibre 1200P and comes with a blue dial, a cross in the centre, a white-gold appliques index and a 44-hour power reserve. Not just that, the watch is also gorgeously decorated with Circular Côtes de Genève along with 22K slate-grey-coloured pink gold oscillating weight finishing and a blue alligator strap.
Panerai is going to showcase its latest Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio 47mm: a new collection that pays tribute to the brand’s late 1930s models with the unique screw-type 12-sided bezel design and an engraved Panerai Brevettato. The side bezel and case back are screwed onto the cushion-shaped Radiomir case middle, creating, in profile, a symmetrical, three-part construction that recalls the original. The stainless-steel case measures an ample 47mm in diameter, the same size as those of vintage Panerai watches, and is water-resistant to 30 metres. The gorgeous watch comes in an untreated brown leather strap that reminds one of the old-school charms.
Baume & Mercier
For SIHH 2017, Baume & Mercier is expanding its Clifton collection with GMT Power Reserve. Housed in a 43mm steel case with polished and satin finishes, the watch has a self-winding movement with a Soprod 9035 caliber enclosed in sun satin-finished blue blends with rhodium-plated hands dial with circular-grained bridges, plate with blue steeled screws and a square-scale black alligator strap.
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