Out of a staggering 110 new references this year, including the crowd-pleasing cushion-shaped Drive de Cartier collection, there was a clear star: The Rotonde de Cartier Astromysterieux. Taking the brand’s long history of mystery clocks (and their distinctive “floating” hands) quite a few levels up, the entire movement of the Astromysterieux appears suspended in mid-air. This is made possible by mounting its various parts, including an interestingly unorthodox one-hour tourbillon, to sapphire glass discs that complete a full rotation every hour.
2) A. Lange & Sohne
At his presentation of A. Lange & Sohne’s upcoming creations for the year, the brand’s director of product development Anthony De Haas made one thing clear: In making the new Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon, the team did not just slap a tourbillon on the movement of the 2006 Datograph Perpetual. Instead, it has an “almost completely new” engine. Aside from having a flyback chronograph mechanism with a jumping minute counter, a moon phase display and a large date, the watch also has instantaneously jumping calendar indications. Oh, and no less importantly, it is also one of the best-looking new pieces at SIHH 2016.
3) Greubel Forsey
Usually synonymous with exotic tourbillons that come in twos, fours or complete a full rotation every 24 seconds, Greubel Forsey is now exploring another direction as well: That of simplicity combined with “extreme sophistication”. Made in partnership with watchmaker Didier J.G. Cretin, the time-only watch feature a balance wheel developed in-house and of course, the brand’s signature precisely executed finishings, including exceptionally refined Geneva stripes. It will retail for CHF155,000, which is considered an absolute steal in the Greubel Forsey universe.