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During the week of SIHH in mid-January, a few other watch brands debuted some new timepieces in Geneva.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of its Big Bang line, Hublot released a novelty twist on its iconic series: the Big Bang Alarm Repeater. The wristwatch combines utility and luxury with a gentle but persistent chime, silenced with an easy switch on the side of the case. With a handsome off-center dial, the watch shows a sliver of its inner-workings, offering just enough of a window to glimpse the luminescent hammer mechanism of the alarm as it rings. The manually-wound watch also features a second time zone, a 72-hour power reserve, and water resistance in depths of up to 30 meters. An all-black limited-edition of the watch will be released in 100 pieces, with a 45mm black ceramic case with anti-reflective sapphire crystal and a black ribbed rubber strap.
MB&F unveiled two new and unorthodox pieces. The HM6 S—short for Sapphire Vision—is a transparent variation of the company’s existing line, the HM6 Space Pirate. The dial consists of eleven sapphire glass domes, with two rotating spheres displaying hours and minutes respectively, and, at 9 o’clock, a titanium cover closes over the central dome in a sudden “blink.” In order to display the movements within the watch, each sapphire glass cover is glued under vacuum, requiring 350 hours of intense work. The streamlined 51mm case, available in red gold or platinum, draws inspiration from biomorphic artists such as Henri Matisse and Antoni Gaudi. Only 10 of each edition will be released.
The company’s newest “roboclock” also garnered significant attention. Sherman, named for the small but reliable World War II tank, sits 143mm tall on rubber caterpillar treads and happily sports the time on his chest, with an 8-day power reserve to boast. Born from a collaboration between MB&F and L’Epée 1839, Sherman is the robot companion that MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser always wanted as a child, and adds a spark of whimsy anywhere he goes. This cheery time-teller is plated in palladium or gold, and 50 diamond-set pieces are available as well.