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Best in Classic Design and Innovation at SIHH: Cartier, Parmigiani, and Greubel Forsey

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Whitewall‘s coverage of SIHH continues with our selection of the most classically designed and innovative new watches:

Mystery and hidden complexity are the inspirations behind Cartier‘s newest watch. The Rontonde de Cartier Mysterious Hours is a testament to the timelessness and ingenuity of the house of Cartier. The timepiece appears understated at first glace, but a closer look reveals careful craftsmanship. Stunning pink and white gold are set against a sapphire back with alligator skin straps. Between the eye-catching sun ray effect and the deliberately bold Roman numerals, which set off the slate-colored dial on the Double Tourbillon, Cartier has created a truly exquisite piece.

Music lovers will undoubtedly celebrate Parmigiani‘s newest SIHH presentation. Memories of Woodstock and the British Invasion of the 1960’s are present in every aspect of the Tonda Woodrock Tourbillon design. The flawless melding of the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes creates a unique tableau that recognizes two countries that helped shape Rock n’ Roll. Parmigiani’s ambitious design utilizes a myriad of refined watchmaking techniques; the most easily recognizable being the use of marquetry. Through using the delicate hand-cut wood veneers, Parmigiani has turned the face of their Tonda watch into an unconventional ode to Rock n’ Roll music.

Greubel Forsey presented its Quadruple Tourbillon Secret; only eight of these limited edition timepieces are available. Hand-polished bevels, a frosted base plate, and 18k blackened gold dials are just a few of the luxe offerings found on the brands newest timepiece. An imposing full dial conceals the quartet of tourbillons after which the watch is named, while juxtaposing elements of onyx and gold attract the eye with their sharp contrast. Lastly, two sub-dials arranged artfully on the watch face hint at the complicated linked tourbillon system playing just below the surface.

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