The annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), held in Geneva, remains the most coveted showcase of watch innovation in the world. Here are the five new men’s timepieces from the recent showcase that got us most excited.
One of three new releases from Monblanc’s 1858 Collection, and limited to 100 pieces, the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition is the first bronze-cast complication for the brand. With a timeless design inspired by Minerva military chronographs, this handcrafted watch is presented in a 44mm case and features a calibre MB M16.29 movement, a manual-wound monopusher, and seconds and 30-minute sub-dials. www.montblanc.com
The new double-sided one-of-a-kind Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 by Vacheron Constantin is not only one of the world’s most complicated timepieces, but also one of its most expensive, with a price tag estimated at US$1 million. Featuring a 514-part integrated movement with 23 astronomical complications that reveal the time, seasons, and Earth-Moon-Sun alignments, this stunning, manual-winding complication boasts a 45mm case and a crystal case-back, with 15 indications on its front dial and a further eight on the back. www.vacheron-constantin.com
Jaeger-LeCoultre has surprised us with a new addition to its Geophysic collection, the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time, the very first combination world-timer and flying tourbillon, limited to 100 pieces. With a solid platinum-encased tourbillon, a 48-hour power reserve, and a bold 43.5mm case, this self-winding beauty features a calibre 948 movement and includes 24 cities on its striking blue dial, making it ideal for style-conciou travellers. www.jaeger-lecoultre.com
Romain Jerome’s third release, which pays homage to the Icelandic volcano of the same name, the Eyjafjallajökull-DNA Burnt Lava is an otherworldly 99-piece limited edition timepiece comprising a 46mm black PVD-coated stainless steel case, wreathing a dial made from Eyjafjallajökull lava stone and hand-painted in red and yellow enamel. Powered by a calibre RJ002 movement, this mechanical, self-winding timepiece reveals central hours and minutes and looks as if it was forged in the depths of the earth. www.romainjerome.ch
Richard Mille and McLaren F1 have jointly created a racing-themed timepiece, the RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1, limited to 75 pieces. Made with grade five titanium, and measuring 44.5mm x 49.65mm, this unashamedly masculine, manually-wound dedication to the world’s greatest racing franchise has a bezel and case-back made from graphene-based TPT carbon, a material lighter and more resistant than steel. www.richardmille.com