Each year Switzerland, the home of fine watchmaking, plays host to the Salon International de Haute Horologerie (or SIHH) -\u00a0one of the cr\u00e8me-de-la-cr\u00e8me of events in the watch industry calendar. For five days in January, Geneva is overrun by luxury watch brands showcasing their latest releases to media, retailers, collectors and celebrity ambassadors from across the globe. We\u2019ve been on the ground for the convention and bring to you part one of our favourite \u201cnovelties\u201d (that\u2019s watch-speak for new or updated models) presented at SIHH 2017.\r\n\r\n\r\nMore of\u00a0SIHH 2017:\r\nWatches to Die For \u2013 SIHH 2017 (Part 2)\r\nWatches to Die For \u2013 SIHH 2017 (Part 3)\r\nWatches to Die For \u2013 SIHH 2017 (Part 4)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRoger Dubuis Excalibur QuatUor Cobalt MicroMelt indeed dares to be rare\r\nThe slogan for Roger Dubuis is \u201cDare to be rare.\u201d With this particular watch, we would definitely say that rarity is not something that has escaped their product development team. The brand\u2019s theme for 2017 is \u201cdisruptive materials and progressive complications\u201d a mantra to which they have effectively lived up to.\r\n\r\nThis member of the Excalibur range has been dubbed the \u201cQuatuor\u201d in reference to the four sprung balances, visible to the wearer and functionally\u00a0 incorporated into the design to negate timing deviations caused by\u00a0gravity.\r\n\r\nRoger Dubuis is pushing the boundaries with their material selection by premiering the use of performance alloy Cobalt Chrome MicroMelt for the case, crown, bezel and case-back. The case comes in at a sizeable\u00a048mm, 18.38mm thickness, operating on a hand-wound RD101 Quatuor movement with 590 components.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nRoger Dubuis\u00a0Excalibur Spider Carbon has a sleek bite to it\r\nWith it's design taking inspiration from motor racing, this skeleton watch has a distinctly automotive aesthetic. After touching this piece hands-on it\u2019s clear that the Excalibur Spider Carbon, is light in weight and\u00a0strong in presence.\r\n\r\nOne of the most\u00a0notable style element\u00a0of this watch has to be the crisp, honeycomb mesh dial, somewhat reminiscent of a car radiator grille detailing. This provides a nice backdrop for the Astral Skeleton\u2019 flying tourbillon and hand-wound calibre RD509SQ with a 70 hour power reserve.\r\n\r\nThe Excalibur Spider Carbon\u00a0is maintains an ultra-light overall weight through the use of carbon for the crown, case-back, container and also features the first carbon movement plate, bridges and tourbillon upper-cage.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nJaeger LeCoultre Atelier Reverso - it\u2019s hip to be rectangle\r\nWhile many will commonly favour a standard round watch face, the rectangular Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso is a well designed piece with the power to sway opinions.\r\n\r\nFirstly, there\u2019s an innate versatility in the fact that the watch\u2019s face is reversible \u2013 so you\u2019re given the choice of two styles straight off the bat. Inside the case it runs a a manual winding, Cal 583A movement. Aesthetically, this\u00a0 art-deco throwback is a beautifully understated timepiece with a quite a dressy feel. It wears small on the wrist and despite it\u2019s slightly unusual shape, once you put it on there\u2019s nothing unusual about it.\r\n\r\nAs a classic model of range, JLC have revealed at SIHH 2017 that they are inviting customer\u2019s to inject their own touch of personal flair into the the reverso, announcing the \u201cAtelier Reverso\u201d collection. The Atelier Reverso allows users to select from a new palette of dials to customise the reverse of the watch. New dials include a carbon fibre effect grey, stone in green marble and tiger\u2019s eye.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nJaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time is a statement no matter where you are in the world\r\nWhile the first Geophysic was created in 1958, we fast forward 59 years and Jaeger-LeCoultre has announced their newest Geophysic Universal Time featuring a flying tourbillon. With a platinum case, guilloch\u00e9 dial with engraved planisphere graphic, world city markings and\u00a0 flying tourbillon positioned at 3:30, this watch is constructed with 375 parts, this measuring in at at\u00a043.5mm in diameter and 11.24mm thickness.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nChristophe Claret Maestro is conducting a new wave of innovation\r\nComing in two versions \u2013 either a grade 5 titanium case with or a 5N pink gold case \u2013 the unique appearance of this statement piece is not for the faint hearted.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s most interesting about this one is its lack of bezel. Instead, it features\u00a0a large domed crystal (sapphire or ruby depending on which case you\u2019ve opted for) that stretches from one edge to the other, an effect which amplifies the size of the dial itself, for a larger look.\r\n\r\nThe date complication has been reinvented in a unique way, with the date being shown by two conical aluminium discs with the tens displayed\u00a0on\u00a0the top and the ones at\u00a0the bottom.\u00a0They\u2019ve also added a MEMO complication \u2013 that also uses\u00a0a conical diamond studded construction that\u00a0alerts the wearer of their \u2018to do list\u2019. This is all powered by a calibre DMC16 movement - a hand-wound movement with 342 components and the equivalent of seven days in power reserve.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nMB&F HM7 Aquapod is as mysterious yet beautiful as the ocean itself\r\nPotentially the most unique watch we saw on the first day of SIHH 2017 was the MB&F HM7 Aquapod - this is because we\u2019ve never seen anything like it.\r\n\r\nThe name sounds like a Star Wars spacecraft, which is\u00a0appropriate, as much of the design\u00a0inspiration for the piece draws from sci-fi culture of the late 20th Century.\u00a0 Simultaneously, this three-dimensional beauty also pays its dues to the humble jellyfish\u00a0in addition to strong styling cues from classic\u00a0diver watch designs.\r\n\r\nOnce the light goes out \u2013 or you take it to the ocean\u2019s depths \u2013 the face glows a stunning azure colour, reminiscent of the jellyfish\u2019s trait of bioluminescence (the ability to make light naturally within its body). This watch, despite how utterly breathtaking it is to look at, is not to be worn lightly and we mean that literally \u2013 it measures a massive 53mm in diameter and an insane 21mm in height.\r\n\r\nThe tourbillon is thrown\u00a0smack-bang in the centre of the piece, allowing the remaining internal components to be stacked centrally through the vertical axis of the piece.\u00a0\u00a0The movement was created to fit the spherical form factor, consists of 303 components and has a power reserve of 72 hours.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nRichard Mille 50-03 McLaren F1 will take your look to new speeds\r\nThe latest collaboration between Richard Mille and McLaren has resulted in this racing inspired beast - the 50-03 McLaren F1, the world\u2019s lightest split second tourbillon. Alongside the impressive Hand polished Calibre RM50-03 movement, and titanium tourbillon, this bad boy weighs less than 40 grams \u2013 strap included \u2013 so you know that wearing it isn\u2019t\u00a0 going to weigh you down in the slightest.\r\n\r\nIn addition to lightweight construction elements such as its extreme skeletonisation, 7 gram movement and grade 5 titanium dial, it is also the first watch ever to use the nano material graphene which is 6 times lighter and 200 times stronger than steel. Simply wearing this wrist will make you feel like you\u2019re going 200 miles an hour.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nParmigiani Bugatti A\u00e9rolithe Performance is the perfect balance\r\nWe got a chance to gaze upon yet another beautifully crafted racing inspired timepiece - the Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe Performance. This timepiece pays tribute to the Bugatti Aerolithe sports car \u2013 further accentuated by the inclusion of a double tachymeter scale that measures speeds in both kilometres and miles per hour on the minute chronograph. The titanium case is a modest 42mm in diameter and about 13mm in thickness, proving its lightweight efficiency much like the namesake car.\r\n\r\nFlaunting an black, and titanium colour scheme with accents of red and blue, the watch sports a sleek and sporty aesthetic without being too casual nor too dressy. It\u2019s a harmonious marriage of no-nonsense and charming cheek.\r\n\r\n\r\nMore of\u00a0SIHH 2017:\r\nWatches to Die For \u2013 SIHH 2017 (Part 2)\r\nWatches to Die For \u2013 SIHH 2017 (Part 3)\r\nWatches to Die For \u2013 SIHH 2017 (Part 4)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.