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SIHH 2017 - The editorial team's personal favourites

SIHH 2017 The editorial team's personal favourites

Every day of the SIHH 2017 our editorial team bring you their personal favourites among the many new watches.

Paul O'Neil - Vacheron Constantin,  Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the entire week, this highly complicated piece boasts no fewer than 23 complications arranged on two dials – one the front and another, more technical, on the back. Displays such as a tide height indicator and displays pour equinoxes and solstices, plus a detailed depiction of the night sky, suggest that this unique piece has been developed for a passionate collector who is fascinated by astronomy and its interface with how we measure the time here on earth. Yet the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 remains surprisingly legible and understandable for such a complicated timepiece, even for those (like your editor-in-chief) who get a headache when they start to contemplate the infinite expanse of the universe. Furthermore, it is designed to be worn and used, with a full three weeks worth of power reserve when fully wound.

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Camille Gendre - Tonda 1950 Set Galaxy
The Tonda 1950 Set Galaxy by Parmigiani is definitely my first love at first sight at SIHH 2017. The night sky above Fleurier, the village that the brand calls home, is honoured on the aventurine blue dial. Crushed and then put back together, the crystal glistens with inclusions of copper, like infinite particles of gold. The starry sky takes, highlighted by the diamond-set bezel, take me in. A milky-white opal on the crown like a tiny nebula shows of the luminosity of the piece. It's a real gem. 

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Michèle Brunner -  Cartier, Rotonde de Cartier Heure Mystérieuse Squelette
The mysterious movements of Cartier have been known for many years, since the principle was first since in mysterious clocks dating back to 1912. Since 2009 the skeleton movement has been a recurring theme at Cartier, with the bridges in the shape of Roman numerals. But the brand has never before combined these two signature elements. It does so for the first time with the Rotonde de Cartier Heure Mystérieuse Squelette and its Calibre 9983 MC, which for the first time reveals the gear train of the mysterious movement. It may be less ambitious than the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mystérieuse Double Tourbillon, unveiled today at the SIHH, but it has the advantage of matching elegance and sobriety with the magic of a time displayed by hands that seem to float in mid air. Seemingly lightweight because of its transparency, yet at the same time audacious because of its asymmetry and profound because of its architecture, this palladium-cased watch plays with tones of black and grey, accentuated by the blue cabochon on the crown.

 

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