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SIHH 2017: Grande sonnerie 11 years in the making among new complicated creations by Lange, Greubel Forsey, Piaget and VCA

Masterpieces abound on day 2. Daily reports from Geneva, Switzerland, on the annual watch show SIHH, from 16 to 20 January 2017.

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01: A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Merite’

Walter Lange may be gone, but his legacy of mixing modernity with tradition continues to live on in masterpieces like the Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Merite’. Like its predecessor, the 2005 Tourbograph ‘Pour Le Merite’, it is a split seconds chronograph with a tourbillon and fusee and chain, but this timepiece goes the extra mile with a perpetual calendar — a first for the collection.

02: Greubel Forsey Grand Sonnerie

11 years of hard work has paid off for the team at Greubel Forsey, who have finally released their first chiming watch and most complicated timepiece to date. The Greubel Forsey Grand Sonnerie doesn’t just include its namesake complication; it also boasts a petite sonnerie, minute repeater and 24-second inclined tourbillon. Most impressively, all 935 components are packed into a case just 43.5mm wide and 16.13mm thick.

03: Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon High Jewellery

The world record magnet that is Piaget’s ultra-thin Altiplano collection turns 60 this year, and the star of the anniversary collection is its very first tourbillon: the Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon High Jewellery. The bezel is adorned with 48 baguette-cut and 265 brilliant-cut diamonds while the gold guiilloche dial is coated with a blue-grey enamel.

04: Van Cleef & Arpels Automate Fee Ondine Extraordinary Object

The imagination of Van Cleef & Arpels can no longer be contained within the confines of a watch. The Automate Fee Ondine is the jeweller’s first Extraordinary Object and it more than lives up to its name. The collaboration with automaton maker Francois Junod resulted in a clock with almost every element on it capable of animation, from the fairy and flower petals to the fluttering butterfly and undulating lily pad.

Bonus: we caught the Lady Arpels Papillon Automate on video.

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