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SIHH 2019: Exquisite timepieces from Audemars Piguet, IWC, Roger Dubuis, and MB&F

The fourth and final instalment our daily reports on the annual watch show taking place in Switzerland from 14 to 17 Jan 2019.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59

  • Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 watch face, SIHH 2019

Replacing the discontinued Jules Audemars collection is an entirely new line comprising 13 individual references. The launch of the Code 11.59 was seven years in the making, is the biggest one in the brand’s history, and is the first collection to introduce variants for men and women simultaneously. The new pillar includes five complications and three new calibres and a completely original design: a barely there bezel, octagonal middle case, skeletonised lugs and a double curved sapphire crystal.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Double Chronograph Certanium

  • IWC Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Double Chronograph Certanium watch face, SIHH 2019

Solving the problem of titanium’s susceptibility to scratches and ceramic’s brittleness, IWC have fused the two materials to create Ceratanium, where their combined strengths cancel out each others’ weaknesses. First used on an Aquatimer in 2017, it reappears this year on the new Top Gun Double Chronograph. Ceratanium’s natural matte black colour also negates the need for DLC coating, giving the watch a permanently stealthy look.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur One-Off

  • Roger Dubuis Excalibur One-Off structure

You’d be correct to assume this is a unique piece, but it’s also based off a unique car Lamborghini built for a client’s recreational use on the track: the Lamborghini SC18 Alston. Roping in a second partner, tyre maker Pirelli, the double flying tourbillon is stuffed with automotive references, such as the dashboard-inspired dial and a strap made of nylon fibres not unlike those found in the inner structure of Pirelli tyres.

MB&F Medusa Clock

  • Jellyfish shaped MB&F Medusa Clock in pink for SIHH 2019

The 10th clock MB&F made with Swiss clockmaker L’Epee 1839 was, interestingly, not conceptualised by Maximillian Busser — it was pitched by designer Fabrice Gonet in 2016. Conceived to resemble a jellyfish, the movement was built around a central axis to mimic the radial symmetry of a jellyfish’s neural column. The glass body that encases the movement was crafted by a Murano glassblower and the same glass was used to make the additional tentacles that can be displayed if the clock is hung from the ceiling. Available in blue, green or pink.

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