20 years ago Frei & Baumgartner introduced a new concept to watchmaking, the satellite complication, a complex mechanism of wandering hours grouped into satellites revolving around a carrousel (yes, it sounds complicated… still, the display is extremely simple to read). Although the underlying concept behind this display appears impressively modern it is in fact rather antique (not vintage but properly antique…) This system was inspired by a 400 year old Italian night clock, invented by the Campani Brothers in Rome in 1652.
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.
TAG Heuer launched the Carrera Heuer-01, a modern reinterpretation of its classic Carrera chronograph watch, at Baselworld 2015. The watch, now a flagship of the brand as well as its current best seller, will soon be available for the first time in a matte black ceramic version. Here’s a sneak peek at the new Heuer-01, which officially launches later this month in Geneva during the SIHH watch fair.
Watch aficionados are used to seeing reptilian scaled patterns on leather straps, but the new Urwerk UR-105 T-Rex — unveiled at SIHH 2016 in January and equipped with the iconoclastic brand’s unique satellite-hours timekeeping system — may be the first timepiece to bring such a motif to a watch case as well.
Panerai’s most technically awe-inspiring watch at this year’s SIHH watch salon is easily the Panerai Luminor “Lo Scienziato” Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio (Ref. PAM00578), a limited-edition piece combining an ultra-light titanium case, skeletonized movement, GMT complication, and unconventional tourbillon. Here’s what you need to know about the Lo Scienziato.
Bovet, which showed its newest timepieces in Geneva last week during SIHH, added to its ultra-complicated Recital collection a watch that is positively cosmic in its level of complexity: the Bovet Recital 18, aka “The Shooting Star.” And while the nickname may appear to have little to do with this watch’s staggering array of functions, it does speak to the sheer, audacious ambition the Fleurier-based brand brought to bear in its creation; horologically speaking, this piece is truly “shooting for the stars.”