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SIHH 2016: Parmigiani celebrates its 20th anniversary with first integrated chronograph

Parmigiani and Baume & Mercier highlights at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Geneve.

1) Parmigiani Fleurier

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In the watch world, chronographs are common enough these days, but you won’t find fully integrated chronograph modules in most of these timepieces. Instead, many brands use either modular movements (where a base calibre is fitted with a chronograph module) or third-party movements. That’s what makes Parmigiani Fleurier’s SIHH highlight and 20th anniversary launch so noteworthy: Much than “just” an integrated chronograph movement, the new PF361 calibre of the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire also has a split-seconds functionality, is largely skeletonised and is supported by beautifully finished gold bridges.

 2) Baume & Mercier

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This year, Baume & Mercier builds on its classic Clifton collection with a new addition with two useful complications – a complete calendar and a chronograph. The Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar is powered by a Valjoux 7751 movement that has been gussied up with decorative finishes like perlage and Geneva stripes, and can record elapsed times of up to 12 hours. As its name indicates, it has month, day and date displays, as well as a moon phase subdial. What other functions does one need, really?

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