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SIHH 2018: Baume & Mercier’s first in-house movement, plus more from Vacheron Constantin, JLC and Hermes

We bring the second instalment of the daily reports from this year's annual watch show in Geneva, Switzerland. SIHH runs from 15 to 19 January 2018.

01: Vacheron Constantin FiftySix collection

Inspired by one of its first automatic models, the Ref. 6073 from 1956, Vacheron Constantin’s latest collection is the first to offer a non-sports watch in both precious metals (pink gold, in this case) and steel. The collection includes a three-hand with date model, a day-date with power reserve indicator, and a complete calendar with moon phase.

 

 

02: Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Polaris diving alarm watch, so the manufacture has released an entirely new collection of Polaris models to commemorate the event. The Polaris Memovox however, is the only one (this year, at least) to replicate the original from 1968. It has a 42mm stainless steel case with a black dial and cream-coloured markers to give it a lovely retro look. Limited to 1,000 pieces.

 

03: Hermes Carre H

Hermes’ square Carre H watch, designed in collaboration with architect Marc Berthier in 2010, gets a visual update this year with a larger size (38mm instead of 36.5mm) and a round dial within the angular case. The combination of polished and microbead-blasted finishes , guilloche dial and faceted indexes and hands add texture to this contemporary design.

 

04: Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic

Baume & Mercier has finally created its own in-house movement, the BM12-1975A, and it’s fairly impressive for its price. Introduced in the Clifton Baumatic, the self-winding calibre is chronometer-certified, has five days of power reserve, features a silicon balance spring, and is resistant to magnetic fields up to 1,500 gauss. Impressively, the Baumatic is going for just CHF2,450 ($3,369).

 

(RELATED: Catch up in case you missed Day 1 highlights.)

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