Somehow, day 3 of the renowned SIHH gathering has managed to maintain momentum with countless watches for adventurers of rugged landscapes and urban sprawls alike. Day 1 featured physically daring statements from HYT and more subtle, stylish pieces from Baume and Mercier. Day 2 showcased watches made to brave even the deepest of oceans. Day 3 delved into adventure with watches inspired by mountains, valleys and deserts – as well as overall designs that ventured artistically to new frontiers. So, without any further ado here are some of the most notable watches from SIHH 2019 – Part 3.
Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium is unbreakable
Over 150 years ago an American watchmaking pioneer, Florentine Ariosto Jones, founded the International Watch Company and IWC has continued his legacy with the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium. The completely black pilot timepiece is made from Ceratanium – a hybrid of Titanium and Ceramic – meaning it has Ceramic’s scratch-resistant, extremely hard and non-wearing qualities along with the benefits of lightweight and virtually unbreakable Titanium.
Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Mojave Desert” – a watch equally suited to Navy pilots and urban explorers
The sand-coloured ceramic of the IWC TOP GUN Edition Mojave Desert watch is inspired by – you guessed it – the Mojave Desert, home to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and the largest land area of the US Navy. The chronograph movement has a classic column wheel design and boasts both a cleverly thought-out chronograph function and display for the day and date. While this watch, from its colour all the way down to how durable it is, is perfect for US Navy pilots, thanks to its technical performance and durability this unit is equally ideal for any urban adventurers.
Pilot’s watch Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight” celebrates a voyage that will make aviation history
In just over 200 days, two British pilots – Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones – are hoping to make aviation history with the first round-the-world trip in a Spitfire. In line with their 80-year history of aviation watches, this piece is dedicated to these two pilots. Designed by IWC with the daring wearer in mind; it features a mechanical movement, 24-hour world timer function and is glass secured to be resistant to drops in air pressured environments. This edition is limited to only 250, so any and all flyboys will need to get in quick.
Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition 100 – will make you long for the past
With this piece, Montblanc works their magic by juxtaposing heritage and modernity, elegance and assurance, luxury and nonchalance. This 40 mm timepiece comes in steel and is powered by the Montblanc Manufacture mono-pusher chronograph calibre MB M13.21 visible through the case back, and includes a doctor’s pulsograph indication graduated for 30 pulsations. Limited to just 100 watches, the Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph is designed for thosre who long for the tasteful aesthetic of the 1940s and 50s.
The Montblanc 1858 in Khaki Green takes inspiration from the peaks and valleys
If you’ve kept your wits about you, you might have noticed that green is a recurring colour at this year’s SIHH. The Montblanc 1858 nails this shade, by contrasting an earthy khaki with a satin-finished bronze case with slim bevelled horns. The case back is also engraved with the emblematic Mont Blanc mountain, as well as a compass and two crossed ice pick-axes – a nod to the spirit of mountain exploration, to be sure. Montblanc guarantees performance, with all the 1858 models undergoing over 500 hours of simulated wear and water resistance for up to 100 metres in all Automatic, Chronograph and Geosphere models.
Greubel Forsey Art Piece Edition Historique – Art you can wear
One of the bolder designs of the day, the Art Piece Edition Historique, managed to toe the line between unusual and captivating. The platinum 950 case with high domed synthetic sapphire crystal enhances the mesmerising hour ring with lacquered indexes and relief-engraved texts. Each watch has been made with excruciating craftsmanship; consider the hand-sewn alligator straps and a hand-engraved individual number etched into the case. Although the design certainly won’t be for everyone, its wearer can relax assured that with a Double Tourbillon inclined at a 30° and a 72 power reserve, Greubel Forsey has paid as much attention to its interior as its exterior.
Freak X – Ulysse Nardin’s most audacious collection to date
In the spirit of Homer’s original wandering hero, Ulysses, Ulysse Nardin is certainly undaunted by trivial matters such as ‘status quo’ and ‘convention’. Freak X forgoes some of the typical features of a watch; instead of donning a dial and hands, this piece features a flying carousel movement rotating around its own axis. The movement itself, the new UN-230, is a fusion of the manufacture calibres UN-118 and FREAK VISION UN-250. To sum it all up; this is not a watch for those who want to blend in.
The Skeleton X is a new generation of watch
Combining classic watchmaking codes and an anarchistic, skeletonised dial, the Skeleton X is aimed at a younger market than the brand’s classic clientele. The unit features manual winding with a three-day power reserve, a 3 Hz Silicium balance wheel with a Silicium minuterie gear train. Made with Carbonium offcuts from aeronautical pieces, Ulysse Nardin claims the watch is lightweight, high-performance and (relatively) environmentally friendly.