Highlights First day SIHH 2018
SIHH 2018 brings 35 exhibitors. On the first day of a week full of innovation and surprises from the world of Fine Watchmaking we love to share a few of our favourite highlights.
Based on the Formula 1 tyre changing speed of under 3 seconds Roger Dubuis designed a system to change the strap on the watch in less than 3 seconds. Regarding new models the Excalibur Pirelli edition Medium will be realised in an new colour, 88 pieces each, every season. Starting with the white version (€ 55.000). Even more exclusive, released in 28 pieces, is the Excalibur Aventador (€ 169.000) and the Aventador S blue ( € 152.000,- 88 pieces) with 45mm titanium cases and the Poinçon de Genève certified calibre RD103SQ.
Parmigiani Fleurier presented two models with its first in-house automatic chronograph. The Kalpa Chronor, (€ 71.000) is limited to 50 pieces and is gifted with an extremely precise COSC certificate movement PF362 (5Hz). The tonneau shaped watch has an solid gold case and movement. The Kalpagraphe Chronometre, also with a 39.8 x 31.9mm a rose gold case but less ‘show off movement’ comes at a price of € 29.500. If you like a handwound movent, Michel Parmigiani offers the new Kalpa Hebdomadaire (€ 27.500,-) with Pf 110 caliber.
Inspired on the iconic 1968 Memovox Polaris the 2018 Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris line offers 5 new models: a three-hand automatic, a chronograph, a chronograph world time and the vintage looking Polaris Date and Polaris Memovox. All with several choices in appearance. The legacy of iconic dashboard instruments in classic cars has inspired the designers to a add a tachymeter on the inside outer dial.
A. Lange & Söhne
Among a lot of new gents watches, A. Lange & Söhne presented a very nice Little Lange 1 ladies watch (€ 32.000). Originally a men’s watch, the new Little Lange 1 comes in a golden 36,8mm case. The feminized guilloché dial with big dates comes in the beautiful colours ‘autumn’ purple, brown and grey. The purple model with white gold case is a Boutique watch, limited to 100 pieces. The brown with pink gold case and grey Little Lange 1 with white-gold case are part of the core collection.
IWC is celebrating it’s 150 anniversary and so no less than 28 new limited editions were presented at SIHH 2018. Besides all the novelties of the 4 existing lines Portofino, Portugueser, Da Vinci and Pilot watches, IWC presented the Tribute to Pallweber Edition 150 Years wristwatch, in platinum with a white lacquer dial as well as stainless steel with a blue lacquer dial. Limited to 250 pieces each, they are a tribute to IWC’s first digital display pocket watches.