As we hit day 2 of the SIHH summit, Man of Many can barely contain its excitement over the new and invigorating timepieces set to hit the market in 2019. Day 1 saw bold statements from the likes of Richard Mille and timeless elegance from A Lange and Sohne. Day 2 however, is a whole different story with diving watches and themes of the aquatic taking the stage, along with expressions of the wild. With this in mind, here are our favourite luxury watches at SIHH 2019 – Part 2.
The PANERAI SUBMERSIBLE – 42mm is your true companion in the deep
From the expert timekeepers and watchmakers at Panerai comes the Panerai Submersible – 42mm. Strong, functional, tough and with the immediately recognisable Panerai personality, this no-fuss piece is powered by an Automatic mechanical, OP XXXIV calibre movement and features a power reserve of 72 hours. With a 30 bar (~ 300 meters) water-resistance and brushed steel crown protection device, the Submersible is your true companion in the deep.
Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech 47mm is for the aquatic professional
Similar in looks to the foundation submersible model, but made for the aquatic professional, Panerai has introduced a real instrument for survival. A professional underwater watch with remarkable technical characteristics and a decidedly military look, this piece is dedicated to the historic partnership between the company and the Italian Navy. With an automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9010 calibre (executed entirely by Panerai), the Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech 47mm boasts a carbon dial in camouflage black which makes for a totally sleek look.
Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition 47mm is an oceanic time capsule
A new Submersible chronograph inspired by Guillaume Néry, the French free-diving champion known internationally for the world records he has broken and for his astonishing underwater photography, the Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition 47mm is both history and timekeeping combined. The watch is sleek on the wrist, coming in at a sporty 47mm case size which compliments the titanium back with special engraving perfectly. With a unidirectional rotating bezel in titanium with an applied blue ceramic disc, precision has not been left by the wayside.
Horological Machine N°6 Final Edition is a design supernova
MB&F state that the Horological Machine N°6 is the brightest star in their collection – and when you look at the bloody thing, you can see why. Time is displayed through two rotating hemispheres, marked separately with the hours and minutes, giving the piece an almost spaceship-like quality. Inside, the piece features a unique flying tourbillon. The HM6 engine is distinguished by its extreme height, making for a mechanical challenge that questions the very nature of horology. To boot, there are only 8 of these pieces in the entire world – a final edition, indeed.
The MB&F Medusa is a transfixing expression of time
Made to pull you down into the depths of design and challenge your idea of what a clock should really look like, the MB&F medusa is a collaborative piece made in partnership with Switzerland’s premier clockmaker, L’Epée 1839. The Medusa is a dual-configuration clock, housed in hand-blown Murano glass, that can be ceiling mounted or stood upon a desk (to scare your business associates we assume). A 2.5Hz (18,000vph) movement beats underneath the time indication, forming the pulsating heart of this mechanical creature—and yes, it does glow in the dark.
Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillion Westminster Perpétuel practices the art of precision
A mouthful to be sure, the watch you see above boasts a Micro-gyrotourbillon that is far smaller than the piece’s namesake. In fact, to make it fit, the tourbillon had to be miniaturised to 92 parts and weighs less than 0.4 grams. That’s not to say that it doesn’t pack a punch. With a 4 gong Westminster minute repeater that can playback the well-known melody of the same name, and a new perpetual calendar that can be set both forward and backwards the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillion Westminster Perpétuel is a precise watch for the confident man.
Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel is a moonlight serenade
Round, mysterious and elegant the Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel is a moonlight serenade to horologists everywhere. Featuring an extremely thin case, this model highlights the arts of guilloche and enamelling, two of the rare handcrafts which have been kept alive for generations at the Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux. In keeping with the name, this timepiece features a new moon phase setting: when the moon is full, it will appear perfectly round and polished as the white disk comes to rest on an exquisite stellar background.
Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin is anything but undiscerning
On the surface, the Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin is a quiet piece, however, that couldn’t be further from the truth. With the case, bezel, buckle and even the crown made from 18k white gold, there is a luxury in every nook and cranny within this watch. The transparent sapphire glass case back signals a watchmaker who is proud of their work, having made one of the thinnest perpetual calendar calibres in the world. Made in the tradition of Haute Horlogerie this is a watch for both black tie or no tie.
Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date tells time, on its own time
The Patrimony retrograde day-date is at its core, a minimalist marvel. Each detail, down to the retrograde hand-type date has been carefully thought out, despite there being a fair amount going on in terms of looks. Boasting a reserved 276 parts, confident 40-hour power reserve, 27 jewels and a frequency of 4hz, this watch is far more than just a statement piece.
The Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar will never die
Thanks to dynamic dual oscillators this prince of timekeeping is backed by a 65-day (day, not hour) standby power reserve. Powered by a Vacheron Constantin calibre 3610 QP, hand-wound perpetual calendar with high-efficiency instantaneous jumping indications, Vacheron have swung for the fences with this new watch. Not only is it supremely reliable, but the Traditionnelle is also encased in platinum to ensure it lives as long as you do.
The new one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers “Mécaniques Sauvages” creations have chosen to tame time
This year at SIHH 2019, Vacheron Constantin revealed that it is enriching the exclusive range of the “Mécaniques Sauvages”, one-of-a-kind models crafted by its Les Cabinotiers department. A tribute to the animal kingdom, these pieces are opulent in the best possible way. Unique thanks to their combination of engraving and wood marquetry, these timepieces are beastly in both looks and within. Powered by a self-winding 2460 G4 calibre movement developed and crafted by the Maison, this is a series unlike any other.