1) Audemars Piguet
This Le Brassus-based brand was the first we checked out at this year’s edition of the SIHH watch fair in Geneva, and its showcase of novelties was a rousing way with which to start the proceedings – quite literally. Following the launch of the Royal Oak Concept RD#1 prototype last year, Audemars Piguet now makes the extra-loud, extra-resonant minute repeater commercially available. The Supersonnerie Minute Repeater has three patented features that give it its superlative resonance, pertaining to features like its case construction and shock-absorbing regulator.
Celebrating its history as the time-teller for various air forces, IWC introduces new designs like the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph (a world-timer that is adjusted by the bezel, pictured), as well as tribute pieces such as two Big Pilot’s Heritage watches in a true-to-original 55mm case and a 48mm version. At the other end of the size spectrum, a new line of Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36mm models pave the way for the slim-wristed to be part of this horological flight club.
A 110th birthday is a milestone well worth celebrating, and Montblanc marks it in great style with a host of convincing variations on its now-signature value-for-money theme. The highlight of its refreshed 4810 collection, for instance, is the ExoTourbillon Slim, a 42mm red gold timepiece powered by the in-house calibre MB29.21. Just 4.5mm thick, the movement’s centrepiece is its unique tourbillon (its balance wheel is outside the tourbillon cage), which has a stop-seconds function for precise time-setting. With a retail price of 34,500 euros, it can’t be called cheap, but it is for sure an extremely well-priced tourbillon watch.