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The 2017 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) took place recently, from January 16-20 in Geneva. A premier event for the fine watch community, SIHH is a platform for the world’s leading luxury watch brands from the Richemont Group to showcase their newest timepieces. This week we’ll be showcasing some of the standout watches this year.
From Panerai, we saw the new Lab-ID model—a striking black timepiece with luminous blue features that gains its design from the Luminor 1950 collection. It is 49 mm in diameter, made of carbontech, has a P.3001/C hand-wound caliber, and is water resistant up to about 300 feet. The watch’s blue-colored Super-LumiNova brightens up the hour and seconds markers for an innovative characteristic.
Roger Dubuis has debuted the The Excalibur Spider, RD820SQ with a limited edition of 88 pieces. Rugged and reliable, the new watch sits in a 45 mm skeleton case with a three-dimensional effect, DLC titanium elements, and striking blue touches. Also available in carbon as the RD509SQ, but only in 28 pieces, is an orange-red rendition with a 70-hour power reserve. And lastly, is the RD101—with only eight pieces available. Its 590 parts are in cobalt chrome, which are 100% biocompatible and corrosion-resistant, with a 48 mm case in diameter.
Ulysse Nardin’s Innovision 2 features direct monocrystalline silicium bonding, sealed between 1800 and 2200 degrees, gold elements, micro paddles, and self-winding mechanisms (known here as the “grinder”). Other highlights include 24-karat gold wheels, a glass bridge with shock protection, Super-LumiNova channels, eye-catching time displays, and three-dimensional glass minute hands.
Richard Mille has put forth the world’s lightest split-seconds tourbillon chronograph with the RM 50-03 McLaren F1. With a 70-hour energy reserve, 6-column controlling wheel, and hollow pushers that are representative of the air intake ducts from the McLaren-Honda cars, the timepiece is limited to 75 pieces.