Without a doubt the new A. Lange & Söhne is one of our favorite watches released this year at the SIHH 2017, as it opens a new entry level price point for the brand offering one of the most useful complications out there. With a dial layout similar to that of a Perpetual Calendar, the new A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar could fool anyone from afar. With a generous 40 mm case in either 18K white gold or 18K pink gold and a manual wound movement, the new 1815 Annual Calendar features date, day, month and moon phase indicator.
SIHH 2017: New Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon. Hands-on Live Pictures & Pricing.
A watch that we were patiently awaiting to see at the SIHH 2017 and one that is definitely part of our short list of favorite and most impressive timepieces this year is the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon. Marking the first time that Cartier associates a Mysterious Complication with a Minute Repeater, this is a double complication like no other.
The new MB&F Horological Machine No. 7 HM7 Aquapod is by far the craziest and coolest MB&F released to date. Inspired by a jellyfish and the ocean, the watch is unlike anything else they have ever released. After pushing the boundaries of horological exploration by blasting into outer space with watches like the HM2, HM3 and the HM6; launching into the sky with the HM4 and powering down the road and around the track with the HM5, HMX and recently with the HM8 Can Am, MB&F now decides to conquer the confines of the ocean and plunges into the water with the new SIHH 2017 Horological Machine No.7 'Aquapod'.
SIHH 2017: New A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase with Day/Night Indicator. Hands-on Live Pictures & Pricing.
The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase just got much better, now offering a clever day/night indicator built directly on the way the moon phase is displayed. If you're already wondering what we mean by this, simply look at the color of the sky that serves as the backdrop for the moon disc without any starts and in a different shade of blue. Well, thanks to the new manual wound calibre L121.3, the highly polished moon on the moon phase disc always orbits against a realistic backdrop —a bright blue sky by day and a dark blue starry sky at night.
SIHH 2017: New Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time. Hands-on Live Pictures & Pricing.
A little over a week ago we brought you the news on the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time. Now, we bring you or hands-on live pictures of one of the most impressive watches recently released by JLC. Created in 1958 by Jaeger-LeCoultre in honor of the International Geophysical Year, JLC launched the Geophysic collection in 2015 and now added this exceptional timepiece to the mix.
SIHH 2017: Officine Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio 'Brevettato' PAM 685 and PAM 687. Hands-on Live Pictures & Pricing.
Finally, we got to see in the metal at the SIHH 2017, two new watches from Panerai we just couldn't wait to see in person. But first, just a little history before we go into the details on these two watches. In the late 1930s, Panerai made a number of Radiomir watches with a special 12-sided bezel, engraved with the words “OFFICINE PANERAI – BREVETTATO”. This inscription 'Brevettato' —which means Patented— referred to the patented luminous substance Radiomir used on the dial and it suggests that the watches were used not for military operations but for presenting to the authorities of the Royal Italian Navy, which was evaluating new instruments for underwater missions.
SIHH 2017: New Richard Mille RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1. Hands-on Live Pictures & Pricing.
Almost a year ago Richard Mille announced their long-term partnership with the McLaren-Honda Formula One team after dropping their partnership with Lotus. As part of this partnership Richard Mille and McLaren have worked together in finding the use of car racing avant-garde materials to be incorporated into Richard Mille timepieces. The first watch product of this partnership was just released yesterday at the SIHH 2017 in Geneva.
Following the success of the 2016 launch of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph in a range of fizzing bright and vibrant dial colours, Audemars Piguet now introduces the non-chronograph model in similarly exciting hues. These five funky colors are definitely great on the regular AP Diver and much better than on the AP ROO Diver Chronograph. Not much else to say, watch is still 42 mm and powered by the same in-house Audemars Piguet calibre 3120. Also fitted with a display case back like on the latest AP Divers.
SIHH 2017: Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar Black Ceramic ref. 26579CE. Hands-on Live Pictures & Pricing.
Perhaps one of the most striking watches Audemars Piguet has released lately, the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quantième Perpetuel —Perpetual Calendar— in black ceramic just released at the SIHH 2017 is crazy sexy. This new reference 26579CE.OO.1225CE.01 joins all the other new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendars released in 2015 and 2016. Our first impressions of the watch from the press release were not very positive, however, in person this watch is absolutely stunning.
SIHH 2017: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin 18K Yellow Gold ref. 15202BA. Hands-on Live Pictures & Pricing.
Finally, today we were able to see all of the Audemars Piguet novelties in the metal. The new 18K yellow gold Royal Oak Extra-Thin is simply gorgeous, especially with its vintage-inspired champagne color dial ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02. With regards to the blue dial version ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01 that is supposed to feature a lighter shade of blue when compared to its counterpart in 18K rose gold, we really couldn't see much of a difference next to it.
Just as if the new IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph wasn't impressive enough, IWC just presented this new Da Vinci Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph. Powered by a fully new movement with a flying tourbillon, this new watch also features an impressive retrograde date indicator as well as a 12-hour monocounter flyback chronograph.
With the new Da Vinci collection, IWC Schaffhausen has returned to the round case that was so successfully established by the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar in 1985 and saying goodbye to the tonneau-shaped case. Furthermore the round case is linked to Da Vinci's fascination with the round shape. All new watches will feature strap attachments with moveable lugs without looking or feeling dated, lancet-shaped hands, Arabic numerals and repetition of round design details on dial and alligator straps by Santoni. In addition to all the other Da Vinci watches we have already told you about, a 40 mm automatic reference is also a new addition to this collection.
SIHH 2017: IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Limited Edition. Hands-on Live Pictures & Pricing.
The new IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Limited Edition is another one of the new watches just released at the SIHH 2017. In a limited edition of 1500 pieces, the Da Vinci Chronograph Laureus Sport for Good Foundation comes in a 42 mm stainless steel with black alligator strap and a striking sunburst blue dial very similar in hue to that on the IWC Portugesier Annual Calendar.
Today, we bring you our first live pictures of the new IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph straight from the SIHH 2017 in Geneva. After receiving a major facelift in 2007 and another one in 2009, the Da Vinci Collection from IWC Schaffhausen has returned to the round case that was so successfully established by the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar in 1985 and saying goodbye to the tonneau-shaped case.
A timepiece is capable of embodying the quintessence of an idea and appearing first and foremost as a means of artistic expression. The Art of Invention: this expression testifies to a forward-looking philosophy that has long been a driving force for Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey, both in the field of scientific research as applied to fine watchmaking, and in that of aesthetic innovation.
News: Pre-SIHH 2017 New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin in 18K Yellow Gold ref. 15202BA. Two Different Dials Available.
When the original Royal Oak first appeared in 1972, it was notable for several reasons and it was available only in stainless steel. However, in 1977 the first 18K yellow gold 39 mm Royal Oak was launched, bringing a whole new character to what would soon be regarded as an iconic design. In 2016, classic 18K yellow gold returned to Audemars Piguet’s product portfolio and was presented in a select group of Royal Oak models including the Royal Oak Chronograph ref. 26320BA at the SIHH 2016 as we reported here.
In response to new legislation on the Swiss Made ordinance for watches, H. Moser & Cie. launched the Swiss Mad Watch on January 12th, 2017. More than a watch, the Swiss Mad Watch is a symbol: it is 100% Swiss, it embodies the greatest strength of Swiss Haute Horlogerie and all that is truly of value, encapsulated in a label worthy of this name. The Venturer Swiss Mad model shares in the spirit of the Swiss Mad Watch.
Experience: Jaeger-LeCoultre Wake-Up Memovox Mobile App. The Most Clever App for Watch Collectors This Year.
Less than two months ago, we brought you our hands-on review of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox Boutique Edition here. Well, today, we are pleased to share with you the news from Jaeger-LeCoultre launching a Wake-Up Alarm Mobile App for iPhone and Android. The new Wake-Up Memovox App will help you wake up to the buzzing sound on the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox. This new App is so clever that as soon as we got the news yesterday, we decided to download it immediately thereafter.
News: Pre-SIHH 2017 Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie. 11 Years of Research and Development and Priced at $1.1 Million USD.
Just as if the news two days ago about the Mechanical Nano weren't big and impressive enough, Greubel Forsey adds to the excitement in preparation for the SIHH 2017 —from where we will be reporting live next Monday January 16th, 2017— with the release of one of the most impressive timepieces out there, we are talking about the Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie. A timepiece that took eleven years of research and development and assembling of no less than 935 parts in addition to the filling of two patents.
Its name is inspired by the excellence of the master watchmaker. Its sleek style epitomizes mechanical power. At the crossroads between aesthetics and technicality, the new Maestro showcases an original take on the horological creativity of Christophe Claret. Its glass dome provides a striking, almost dizzying view of the movement architecture and the famous Charles X bridges.