So far, it has been a very exciting year with the amazing timepieces that have been unveiled at the SIHH in Geneva and Baselworld 2014. During these first four months of the year 2014, we have seen some exceptional timepieces that took our breath away because of their complexity, unique designs and functions; however, there are eight timepieces that we would like to showcase in this post, as we think that they have some of the most beautiful movements that are perfect examples of haute horlogerie at its finest.
These movements are so beautiful and exceptionally finished, that in many instances they are not only the beating heart of these watches, but also the face to their names. Because we only believe in watch reviews that include live photography, we have selected these eight movements from timepieces that we have perused and reviewed here.
Arnold & Son Time Pyramid features the hand finished A&S1615 calibre treated in NAC grey with unique skeletonized pyramid-shaped architecture. The movement A&S1615 seemingly floats between two sapphire crystals, the Time Pyramid is a masterful rendition of technical prowess and unparalleled elegance. Full review here.
Sticker Price $29,900 USD. For more info on Arnold & Son click here.
Christophe Claret Maestoso features the manual wound calibre Christophe Claret DTC07 with detent escapement, constant force and actual precious rubies. This exceptional movement is composed of 301 parts, 44 jewels, Charles X style skeletonized stepped bridges and a escapement with detent in grade 5 titanium and anti-over banking security device. The calibre beats at a frequency of 14,400 vph and provides an outstanding power reserve of 80 hours thanks to its two barrels fitted in parallel with four springs. Full review here.
Sticker Price 178,000 CHF ex VAT. For more info on Christophe Claret click here.
De Bethune DB29 Maxichrono Tourbillon features the fascinating manual-wound De Bethune calibre DB2039 with 30-seconds indication tourbillon. This in-house mono-pusher chronograph movement is composed of 410 parts, 49 jewels, three column wheels and is fully crafted and decorated by hand. The beating heart provides an outstanding power reserve of five full days. Full review here.
Sticker Price 270,000 CHF ex VAT. For more info on De Bethune click here.
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Grand Feu features the legendary historical movement El Primero 5011K. This manual-wound movement is composed of 134 parts and 19 jewels and provides a power reserve of 48 hours when fully wound. A small number of original 5011K calibres, found in the archives of the Manufacture, have been updated and remarkably decorated to now find their place in several Pilot Type 20 models consistently issued in extremely limited editions. Oscillating at a rate of 18,000 vibrations per hour, Calibre 5011K also features shock-absorbers on the balance-staff and on the escapement, fine adjustment as well as a self-compensating anti-magnetic Breguet overcoil balance-spring. Full review here.
Sticker Price TBC. For more info on Zenith click here.
Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openworked features the manual-wound Jaquet Droz RMA88, minute repeater movement with single barrel and 69 jewels. This fascinating calibre provides a power reserve of 48 hours when fully wound.
Sticker Price $472,500 USD. For more info on Jaquet Droz click here.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon In typical, trailblazing style, the manufacture has now gone one step further and incorporated ceramic into the movement itself, replacing the blackened upper bridge of Calibre 2913 with white ceramic. As a result, the new Calibre 2930 is visually transformed, its dazzling, hourglass-shaped bridge further enlivened by the double symmetry of the tourbillon bridges and GMT display. Full review here.
Sticker Price $202,100 USD. For more info on Audemars Piguet click here.
Panerai Pocket Watch 3 Days Oro Rosso —red gold— PAM 447 features the in-house calibre P.3001/10, completely developed and made in the Officine Panerai manufacture at Neuchâtel. Hand-wound with a power reserve of three days and power reserve indication —with luminova on the indicator hand— set in the back, the P.3001/10 calibre is presented for the first time in a new version, with the bridges and the two barrels skeletonized and with chamfered polished angles. The calibre P.3001/10 is composed of 210 components and provides a power reserve of 3 days. Full review here.
Sticker Price $71,800 USD. For more info on Panerai click here.
Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Openworked features the manual-wound calibre 2790 SQ with tourbillon. The movement is composed of 246 parts, 27 jewels and provides a power reserve of 45 hours when fully wound. Its openworked finish and delicate hand engravings make this calibre one of the nicest calibres ever developed by Vacheron Constantin.
Sticker Price TBC For more info on Vacheron Constantin click here.