The inaugural edition of Watches and Wonders does well to reach out to the world amidst a global lockdown
The most private watch exhibition which was out of bounds for most so far, opens its doors to the world today, though digitally. It is never the same to experience the watch novelties through AR, VR, 360 degrees and zoom interviews as compared to putting them on our wrists. But considering we are all locked in our respective homes, the organisers of Watches and Wonders (erstwhile SIHH) have done well to come up with a digital launch, with the hope that we would be able to see the physical products as soon as the world opens up. Here is a quick round up of seven men’s timepieces that caught our attention.
IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide
It is the year of the Portugieser for the luxury watchmakers from Schaffhausen. The Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide features a tide display that keeps you informed about the next high water. It is possible thanks to a special wheel train that translates the rhythm of the hours into the constantly shifting chronological sequence of high and low water.
JAEGER-LECOULTRE Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication
Incorporates two of most technically challenging complications in horology – a minute repeater and a celestial vault. The complex mechanism is further elevated by an orbital flying tourbillon. Limited edition of eight pieces each in rose gold and in white gold.
PANERAI Luminor Marina FibratechTM
Panerai returns with Luminor at the centre of its world on the 70th anniversary of the icon. The brand interprets the future with an innovative Luminor Marina moulded in a new high-tech composite. In the field of the science of materials, Panerai once again defies the known limits by means of a surprising discovery involving mineral basalt fibres, a special element which forms part of the new Panerai FibratechTM 44mm watches, used for the first time in the luxury watch industry. Obtained with natural and eco-sustainable row fibers, Fibratech is a composite with remarkable physical and mechanical properties. It is 60% lighter than steel, resilient and highly resistant to corrosion.
A. LANGE & SÖHNE Zeitwerk Minute Repeater
The world’s only watch that combines a mechanical jumping numeral display with a decimal minute repeater, Zeitwerk Minute Repeater is now available in a limited 30-watch edition in white gold with a deep-blue dial. First presented in 2015, the complicated timepiece – its assembly alone requires several months – has so far been available only in platinum.
CARTIER Santos-Dumont XL
The watch created in 1904 by Louis Cartier for his friend, Alberto Santos-Dumont, that allowed the aviator to read the time in flight was the first modern men’s wristwatch, embodied by a pure design incorporating a square bezel with visible screws. Today, Cartier renews its tribute to Santos-Dumont, and to the style he embodied, through the Santos-Dumont XL watch, fitted with 430 MC manual winding mechanical movement.
SPEAKE-MARIN “One&Two” Openworked Tourbillon
Building on the success of the “One&Two” Openworked collection with various models launched in the last two years, which marked a new aesthetic design code for the brand, Speake-Marin now extends the collection with a new complication: a 60-seconds Flying Tourbillon.
HERMES Arceau L’Heure De La Lune
Hermes adds five new versions of the Arceau L’Heure De La Lune in 43mm, same as last year. Three of the new models are made of real meteorite- Lunar, Black Sahara and Martian. Yes, you can wear a piece of the Moon or the Mars on your wrist!