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SIHH continues in Geneva this week, and Whitewall is there to share some of the standout timepieces from watchmakers like IWC, Panerai, Roger Dubuis, and Jaeger-LeCoultre.
IWC Schaffhausen tapped into one of our favorite childhood stories, creating Le Petit Prince and Antoine de Saint Exupéry limited edition Pilots Watches models. The collection fit with the overall theme of the watchmaker’s impressive booth, which featured an aviation theme that included an actual plane. The Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince, boasting a hard gold case, marks IWC first with a constant-force tourbillon. And both a chronograph and perpetual calendar function set the Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition Le Petit Prince apart.
Debuting a super sporty series of new collections at SIHH this week, the Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition caught our eye. The watch is inspired by one of today’s top explorers, Mike Horn, who has been an ambassador to Panerai for 15 years. The 47mm professional diving watch was made from recycled resources and EcoTitanium with an aim to protect the planet. Made with the environment in mind—both in its resilience and its material impact—it features a power reserve of 72 hours and is water resistant up to 300 meters. Not to be missed is the unique etching on the back featuring a variety of marine life.
Roger Dubuis unveiled some action-packed, adrenaline-filled watches this week. One such high-octane timepiece is the Excalibur Huracán Performante. It’s inspired by the power behind the Lamborghini Huracán supercar, in a limited-edition run of just 88 pieces. Its 360-degree oscillating weight refers to the visual effect of the supercar’s rim in motion. The Excalibur Huracán Performante also features a Pirelli P Zero TrofeoTM R tyre-pattern design in a rubber inlay on the strap.
Jaeger-LeCoultre released the first multi-axis tourbillon with a Westminster chime, perpetual calendar, and constant-force mechanism at SIHH 2019. Named the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel, the watch takes after—in sound, at least—one of the most iconic clock towers in the world, Beg Ben in London. Its elegant design includes a traditional haut-de-gamme finish, and an openworked dial showcasing hand guillochage, fine hammering, and grand feu enamel. All that makes this timepiece a marvel both on a mechanical and craftsmanship level.