The 2018 edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, also known as SIHH, offers many highlights, and not in the least due to the many new watches that are introduced, of which Richard Mille’s new RM 53-01 Tourbillon made for polo champion Pablo Mac Donough is one of the most exciting ones!
Before we dive into the specifics of this watch, it is crucial to note that the Marine Grand Deck is a very important watch, and that is due to its unnecessary grandeur. The retrograde minute hand by itself makes the watch unnecessary complicated, even more so with the wire construction that Ulysse Nardin devised. We can even have long debates about what the flying tourbillon will add regarding precision to a wrist watch. But when that was the point, we would be better off wearing an Apple Watch, or a Casio G-Shock. The Marine Grand Deck is a testimony of how far we have come in regards to creating horological art, by creating a visual spectacle that showcases functional timekeeping by unconventional means.
Swiss complications specialist Christophe Claret brings his eponymous brand to the SIHH watch salon for the second year in a row next week, and we’ve had a chance to preview one of the new timepieces he will unveil there: the Christophe Claret Maestro, which features a clever new “reminder” function. Here’s a closer look.
The Ulysse Nardin Freak, with its wildly unconventional no-dial/no-hands time display, was the talk of the watch world when it burst on the scene in 2001, and Ulysse Nardin has used this trailblazing timepiece as the platform — some might say a laboratory — for a number of new innovations since then. The latest version — the aptly named Ulysse Nardin Freak Lab, unveiled at this year’s Baselworld — continues the tradition, incorporating several world-firsts for both the collection and the industry. Here’s what you need to know.
Tick, tock. Tick, tock. With these watches, telling time is so much more beautiful and intricate and complicated than that. These are some of the most sophisticated watch movements in the world with a ton of complications added to them and just to see all the fancy ways the mechanical engine moves is a delight. It’s a wonder that all those gears can be wound up to keep time.
The Hautlence HL2 is one of those watches you don’t forget. The HL2 was launched in 2011 — the first of Hautlence’s Concepts d’Exception (as they name their very top-tiered products). This is pretty astounding when you consider the fact that the watch has become somewhat of a design icon in little more than four years. With its monolithic quadrilateral form, movement on exuberant display and emphatically energetic indication of time, the HL2 was one of the most impressive products to emerge from an independent brand at the time.