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With a host of new timepieces launching every year, any horology enthusiast is a veritable kid in a candy store. Here’s a selection of some of the diverse models that caught our eye
Girard-Perregaux Bridges Cosmos
Girard-Perregaux presents an innovative take on the earth and the sky with Cosmos, centred around two globes representing the terrestrial and the celestial. The laser-engraved, titanium model of the Earth acts as a day/night indicator while showing a second time zone in a 24-hour scale. The customisable celestial map, meanwhile, rotates in 23 hours, 58 minutes and 4 seconds — the exact duration of a sidereal day. Powered by a new inhouse calibre, it eschews a crown in favour of foldaway keys at the back to adjust the time and various indications. The 47mm case is carved from bead-blasted titanium.
Bovet Virtuoso V
One of Bovet’s iconic timepieces now comes in a flamboyant red avatar, achieved by decorating the dial’s metal base with a guilloché motif, applying a dozen layers of translucent red lacquer and then polishing it to a perfectly flat surface. Internally, it combines two complications — a jumping hours and retrograde minutes — and the time is displayed on both sides of the movement, thanks to the Amadeo convertible case that transforms into a reversible wristwatch, table clock or pocket watch. It has a five-day power reserve and comes in a 43.50mm 18K red gold case that’s 15.70mm thick.
Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395
Breguet has stripped off almost half of its already famed 581 calibre to achieve something spectacular: the extra-thin 3mm 18K gold tourbillon movement presented in a skeletonised design. It’s decorated by hand and features Clous de Paris hobnailling, a first at Breguet. The mechanical self-winding skeleton movement comes with a power reserve of 80 hours and is presented in a 41mm 18K rose gold case that’s just 7.7mm thick. An alligator leather strap finishes this sophisticated piece.
Panerai Radiomir GMT Power Reserve
Panerai draws on its military heritage by presenting four new Radiomir models in matt green. The GMT Power Reserve comes in a 45mm polished steel case, and beats to the P.4002 calibre, based on the manufacture’s thinnest automatic movement, bringing the power reserve indicator from the back to the dial. It has a bi-directional off-centred micro-rotor in tungsten alloy and a power reserve of three days.
MB&F LM2 Red Gold Blue
Maximilian Büsser breathes new life into the Legacy Machine No 2 that Chronode’s Jean-François Mojon developed with Kari Voutilainen for MB&F, presenting it in a new red gold version with a blue dial. The result is a more elegant take on the original industrial aesthetic of the first LM2s, first unveiled in 2013. The timepiece boasts a power reserve of 45 hours, and is limited to 12 pieces.
Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde Slate
Aimed squarely at travellers, the Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde won the GPHG 2017’s travel watches category; this timepiece elevates that original model with a new slate-coloured guilloché dial. It shows two time zones, and can even pair locations with a half-hour or quarter-hour difference. The self-winding movement contains 316 components and boasts a power reserve of 50 hours.
It comes in a 42.8mm rose gold case featuring an individual number engraved on the back.
Blancpain Villeret GMT Date
Technical and sophisticated, the latest addition to the Villeret collection displays the time in two time zones simultaneously. The date is linked to the local time, indicated with cut-out hands on a raised chapter ring. A red triangle-tipped hand indicates the second timezone in 24-hour format. The seconds hand features a counterweight adorned with the initials JB in homage to Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, who founded the brand in Villeret in 1735. The in-house 5A50 self-winding movement boasts a four-day power reserve. The 40mm case comes in 18K red gold with an opaline dial or a steel version featuring a white dial, and an alligator strap or metal bracelet.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military
UN has added two new models to its Marine Torpilleur Military family, and we love this bronze and midnight blue version. It’s casual, comfortable and minimalist — just like the torpedo ship it’s named after (which appears on the stainless-steel case back. It beats to the UN-118 automatic movement and has a power reserve of about 60 hours. This 44mm model and the black stainless steel and khaki version are available in a limited edition of 300 pieces each. The small seconds, located at 6 o’clock, is embellished with the individual number in red.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
AP’s R&D team has been relentless in its pursuit to push boundaries, and it achieves another world first with this model. With a movement measuring a mere 2.89mm housed in a case that’s just 6.3mm thick, this 41mm tiempiece is the world’s thinnest automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch. Composed of 256 parts, the movement contains a perpetual calendar with day, date, astronomical moon, month, leap year and night and day indication. It required reengineering the calendar function — usually spread over three levels — into a single layer. A satin-brushed titanium case with a polished platinum bezel completes it.
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