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!
The introduction of the Graffstar Slim Eclipse took the watch world by surprise when it was launched in 2015. Presented in a titanium black DLC case with more otherwise characteristic Graff features, “total black”, “total luxury” and “total understated sophistication” were the words most often used to describe the timepiece. Slim and lightweight and fabulously Graff, it was designed to accompany casual wear, a tuxedo, and anything in between. Since then, in a very short time, it has become a renowned reference within the Graff timepiece collections.
American jewellery house Jacob & Co has unveiled its newest Astronomia Flawless watch. The timepiece is based on the unmistakable Astronomia Gravitational Triple Axis Tourbillon watch and is fitted with sun, moon, Earth globes and intricate movement that are visible from all sides through a monobloc sapphire case. The flamboyant watch features a sapphire barrel bridge in the movement, a blue sapphire dial and a sapphire buckle on the blue strap.
One of the highlights of Baselworld this year was the Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Tourbillon. It might come as a surprise, but this watch houses the brand’s very first multi-axis tourbillon. One thing that Hublot never seem to run out of is creativity, and when you combine that with having a completely vertically integrated manufacture at your fingertips amazing things can happen.
The Original Geophysic of 1958
With the original Geophysic of 1958, Jaeger-LeCoultre had made a watch that was not only celebratory in nature, but that was also specifically designed to be fully functional in such an unprecedented scientific endeavor. This was a watch that had to be usable by the very scientists that would undertake the work, and it had to be made to the highest standards of what the manufacture could achieve at the time.
Audi’s “progress through technology” motto also applies to the importance of the tourbillon for watch design, because this eye-catching complication greatly enhances a timepiece’s visual appeal. A new trend contributes its fair share, too: many models in 2016 are styled with such a strong emphasis on high tech that their tourbillons fit harmoniously into their overall designs. From WatchTime’s upcoming Special Design Issue 2017, here are 10 of these tourbillon watches.
America’s largest luxury watch show is returning to the Big Apple this fall. The second edition of WatchTime New York will be held at Gotham Hall on October 14-15 (clickhere for event details and to purchase tickets) and will feature an array of luxury watch brands, from large, world-famous manufacturers to innovative independents. Among the latter is MB&F, whose horological highlights will include its most ambitious “Horlogical Machine” to date, the MB&F Horological Machine No. 6 SV.