At Girard-Perregaux, we’re most impressed by the new Minute Repeater Tri-Axial Tourbillon. The 48mm-diameter model is 22mm thick, but it’s much lighter than it looks. Crafted from grade 5 titanium to maximise the intensity of the chime, the watch also comes with a new box-type sapphire crystal on the front and back, enabling one to gaze right into the heart of the watch and see the striking gongs and the manual wind calibre clearly. The chime has also been designed to sound out slower and crisper, to allow for full appreciation.
Piaget wowed us pre-SIHH with the world’s slimmest self-winding watch: the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic at 4.3mm (include link), and then wowed us even more today by showing us the Altiplano Ultimate Concept, which at 2mm, is the world’s thinnest manual watch. Piaget’s first concept watch, it comes with five dedicated patents, including an ultra-thin barrel, ultra-thin regulation, a new winding device, flat crown and glass gluing.
Things heated up even more at Roger Dubuis, who highlights its partnership with Lamborghini by showcasing the new Excalibur Aventador S. Available in pink gold and blue (shown here), the watch features the impressive Duotor (double balance wheels) concept in a new skeletonised calibre that is distinguished by engine strut bars.
Over at A. Lange & Söhne, we are shown the Triple Split, another world first. The Triple Split is the first mechanical split-seconds chronograph that allows for multi-hour comparative time measurements. Where previously a double split chronograph allows for multiple stop lap and reference times for 30 minutes, the limit for the Triple Split is 12 hours. Additionally, not only is the new calibre L132.1 not any bigger than previous models, it comes with an increased power reserve nearly 50 per cent longer at 55 hours.
And of course, the star at Audemars Piguet (there are many, but this one’s our pick) is the new Royal Oak RD#2 Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, essentially the world’s thinnest perpetual calendar model to date. The new in-house movement calibre 5133 is just 2.89mm thick, and is even thinner than the Royal Oak Extra-Thin, which comes in at 8.1mm.
Last but not least, at Panerai, the L’Astronomo is a definite highlight. The watch comes with the P.2005/GLS skeletonised calibre, and is highly customisable for the clients, who can set the moon phase and sunrise/sunset indicators to their city’s co-ordinates. The watch is also magnificent to look at, with the moon phase indicator located at the back of the watch.
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