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The RM 50-02 ACJ Split Seconds Chronograph from Richard Mille

By Jessica Michault

At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH)—the invitation-only watch fair in Geneva that is considered to be the most lavish trade event on the industry’s annual calendar—some of the top brands in the business unveiled their latest creations.  Here, we highlight the timepieces that made our heart’s skip a beat.

Richard Mille has always been on the cutting edge of advancements in timepiece technology. This time Mille teamed up with Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi to develop a show stopping watch, the RM 50-02 ACJ Split Seconds Chronograph. The timepiece was designed by Mille with a titanium, aluminum and ceramic case crafted to resemble the look of a jet window in a nod to the brand’s new partnership with Airbus Corporate Jets. The watch not only features a split-seconds chronograph movement, it also has a tourbillon at the 6 o’clock position.

This year SIHH was buzzing about the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie watch. This minute repeater timepiece has a cool and modern design that can kick start the day with its impressive acoustic resonance. Housed in a 44mm super light titanium case, the movement is able to create harmonic tones with intensity more often associated with pocket watches. With this timepiece that power is now transferred to the wrist. Understandably, this watch has a limited run of just 50 pieces.

The Pilot line at IWC has gone through a serious overhaul of late and out of that transformation comes the highly appealing Timezoner Chronograph. A great mix of the line’s hallmark features and useful complications, the watch, with its in-house chronograph, has a masculine and resilient air about it. The convenience of a world time bezel that can be used to jump time zones and track the date, plus a 24 hour time and DST in any chosen time zone makes this 45mm steel watch the perfect option for a man on the go.

The clean design of the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 underlines the global appeal of this watch company. The crisp white dial—a first for the Radiomir 1940 line—and easy to read hour indicators and hands makes telling time a breeze. The 42mm polished steel case houses the P.4000 micro rotor 4Hz movement and comes with a stylish nubuck leather strap. This is a watch for timepiece purists.

The iconic Cartier Panther has been cleverly (and endearingly) reimagined by the brand this year. Called Panthères et Colibri, this high jewelry 42.75mm timepiece has been designed so that the wearer can find out how much power is left by pressing on the watch crown. This activates the appearance of a golden baby panther that had been hidden by its diamond festooned mother. The cub looks to be trying to catch a butterfly fluttering above. The distance the butterfly travels to escape the baby tells the owner how much power reserve is left.

In honor of the 85th anniversary of the Reverso line, Jaeger-LeCoultre has done a revamp of the entire collection. So far one of the most exciting things to come out of this overhaul is the new Reverso Tribute Gyroturbillon. This is only the second Gyroturbillon the house has ever done and is a much sleeker and slimmer take on the complication, measuring just 31 x 51.1 x 12.4 mm, which is 40 percent smaller then its predecessor. As the Gyroturbillon spins on not one but two axes, this complication is destined to be a collector’s item.

 

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