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SIHH 2016 Day 1: Our Watch Picks Are Audemars Piguet, IWC and Montblanc

The best of Audemars Piguet, IWC and Montblanc at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Geneve.

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.

2) IWC


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.


3) Montblanc


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.