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The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is taking place this week in Geneva. It’s the 25th edition of the watch fair exhibiting new novelties from 16 Richemont watch maisons. We’ll be highlighting a favorite from each brand throughout the week.
Two pieces from Montblanc and Roger Dubuis caught Whitewall‘s eye because of the way in which they revealed some stellar, oh-so-complicated movements.
We could stare at Montblanc‘s Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama, limited to just 18 pieces, for quite some time. It pays homage to the famous explorer Vasco da Gama, the first European to an expedition to India via sailing around the southern tip of Africa. The watch has a show-stopping 3-D dial, boasting two globes that depict the northern and southern hemisphere. Between them is a compass rose that serves as the home time display. But the real star is the 91-part tourbillon mechanism with a 48-hour power reserve, showcased in an elegant, doubly curved bridge.
Roger Dubuis‘ Excalibur Automatic Skeleton in pink gold is the first automatic skeleton to come out of the manufacture. It’s also a thing of beauty. The skeleton style allows us to see every single detail, movement, and technical feat. The Excalibur comes in both pink gold and black DLC-coated versions. The signature Roger Dubuis five-point star shape is elevated in this model by a tweak in the design of the micro-rotor. It’s flashy and showy in all the right ways–less sparkle, more precision.