Perpetual calendars, sporty chronographs and the evergreen classic dress watches were the show stoppers at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) this year. While there were a few jaw-dropping ultra-complications, the mood was largely defined by different shades of grey, black and blue. We bring you our top picks from the annual gala.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
Originally launched in 1955, the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar has undergone a sea-change this year. The brand has moved on from the yellow gold design to an all-black, hand-finished black ceramic version. Housed in an assertively sized 41mm case, the selfwinding watch’s larger calibre 5134 is fully visible through the glareproofed sapphire crystal caseback.
Price: Rs. 56.82 lakh approx.
Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600
Seeking inspiration from the fascinating world of astronomy, the Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600, offers 23 complications on the front and back of the slate-coloured opaline dial. The most spectacular feature of the watch is the indication of the civil, solar and sidereal time, driven by three dedicated gear trains.
Price: Rs. 6.34 crore approx.
A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Annual Calendar
The 1815 Annual Calendar features a manually wound movement and an analogue date, following the classic design and style principles of the Lange 1815 watch family. The timepiece is calculated to remain accurate for 122.6 years and the moonphase display is integrated into the subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o’clock.
Price: Rs. 26.42 lakh approx.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta
Made for conquering the torrid seas, the Marine Regatta Chronograph is equipped with a patented sweep countdown timer that can be set from 1 to 10 minutes. Available in options of white and blue dials, the watches are water-resistant to 100m.
Price: Rs. 12 lakh approx.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date
The Master Control Date stands out for its classic, clean, rounded lines with the date aperture at 3 o' clock. The clutter-free dial exudes elegance and is perfect for all occasions. The watch boasts an automatic movement housed in a 39mm steel case.
Price: Rs. 4.17 lakh
Cartier Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat
Inspired by the curves of vintage motor racing cars, the Drive de Cartier watches thrive on the "less is more" philosophy. At less than 7mm thick, it is 40 per cent slimmer than the 2016 models. Fitted with a manual-winding mechanical movement, it is available in pink gold, or in a limited edition of 200 pieces in white gold.
Price: Rs. 10.42 lakh approx.
IWC Da Vinci Automatic
The Schaffhausen-based manufacture's highlight was the Da Vinci Automatic, with its round case and distinctive horns, drawing directly on the iconic design of the 1980s Da Vinci models. The timepiece is available either with a slate-coloured dial and stainless-steel bracelet or with a silver-plated dial and black alligator leather strap.
Price: Rs. 3.95 lakh approx.
Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days
The Italian watchmaker presented the LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days, made of carbotech and equipped with a new Calibre P.3001/C, with a power reserve of three days. It has been engineered in a manner that the company guarantees it working for 50 years without any lubrication.
Price: Rs. 35.23 lakh approx.
Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition
Inspired by the world of motor racing, the TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition is crafted out of a titanium case measuring 46.4mm. Its high-frequency movement boasts two patents and 22 auxiliary patents combining performance and innovation like never before.
Price: Rs. 1.23 crore approx.