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SIHH: the editorial team’s 8 crushes
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SIHH: the editorial team’s 8 crushes

Friday, 10 February 2017
By The FHH Journal editors
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Some made us dream and others sparked an instant crush. They challenged our perception of time, our vision of Fine Watchmaking – exactly what one hopes for in a watch. From the most extravagant to the most demurely classic, these beautiful SIHH 2017 models unleashed considerable passion among the editorial team. In the words of Blaise Pascal, the heart has reasons that reason cannot know…

Girard Perregaux 1966 ww.tc

Firstly, the ww.tc is one of the brand’s star models; and secondly, the 1966 is its ultimate classic collection. This appealing timepiece from Girard-Perregaux is a perfect combination of these two elements. A beautifully elegant, perfectly proportioned watch with a highly legible dial, a useful complication, an in-house movement – and all that with a 2017-level price tag. What more could one ask? (PR)

Girard Perregaux 1966 ww.tc
Girard Perregaux 1966 ww.tc
H. Moser & Cie Venturer Swiss Mad

During the SIHH, Édouard Meylan put the major watch brands in the shade by unveiling a symbol of protest against the new Swiss Made legislation. Above and beyond such dramatic marketing moves, the Venturer Swiss Mad appealed to visitors through its unique simplicity truly worthy of the brand. The smoky red dial adorned with sunrays and white hour-markers subtly evoking the Swiss flag is bound to win the hearts of collectors well beyond national borders. (AB)

H Moser Venturer Swiss Mad SIHH
H Moser Venturer Swiss Mad
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo – 47mm

A single glance and you will be turned to stone, as if you had gazed upon the mythical Gorgon… Sturdy yet streamlined, pared down to essentials with nothing superfluous, featuring extreme readability and that bronze case that hints at the charm of the patina it will acquire. No need to be a diver to appreciate the design of a timepiece destined to be reliable in every situation. And if its gilded pushbuttons make it hard to slip under a shirt sleeve, ditch the shirt and keep the watch! (CR)

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo – 47mm
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo – 47mm
Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage

Exceptional, majestic and stunning are the adjectives that best describe my fabulous impression when coming face to face with the Diamond Outrage from Audemars Piguet. Once again, the Manufacture from the Vallée de Joux charms us by mingling a rock attitude aesthetic with sheer opulence. Radiating a High Jewellery aura worthy of the finest exponents of the art, combined with impressive technical sophistication, the Diamond Outrage is set to make a powerful impact! Beware its impressive spikes… Ladies, prepare to dazzle! (IZ)

SIHH 2017 Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage
Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase

Just the mention of the Manufacture from Glashütte makes my heart skip a beat and start to flutter. This new Lange 1 draws me as irresistibly as the fabled Lorelei lured the mariners of the Rhine. Endowed with an ingenious moon-phase display as well as a day/night indication, this timepiece features a pure and legible dial with a distinctive finish. All the traditional codes of Haute Horlogerie are expressed here, to our great delight. Ich liebe dich, Lange 1 Moon Phase! (GG)

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase
Girard Perregaux Laureato 38mm

The ladies’ watch that gets my vote after the SIHH bears a masculine name. Laureato in its 38mm version is my laureata. For its strongly 1970s vintage aura expressed through beautifully redesigned steel octagonal lines and its dial adorned with a Clous de Paris hobnail pattern, but also because it features everything I expect from a watch: that it can accompany me in every daily circumstance, both at work or on the school run, anytime, anywhere… The Laureato is discreet yet reliable, notably thanks to its self-winding Girard-Perregaux movement. A truly pleasing watch one can depend on! (MDP)

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 38mm
Girard-Perregaux Laureato 38mm
Voutilainen Vingt-8 Isogone

The Vingt-8 ISO takes us back to childhood days, when reading the time was not yet instinctive and when the large and small hand meant nothing in particular to us! It therefore shakes up at least one of our certainties! And if our gaze lingers on the dial, it is also to admire its restrained beauty and its stunning guilloché motif. Crafted in gold, this a watch makes itself keenly felt on my frail wrist, but I’m ready to “bear” the weight of a model that offers such a fine trip down memory lane. (SP)

Voutilainen Vingt-8 Isogone
Voutilainen Vingt-8 Isogone
IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

In presenting its beautiful creation with a steel case and slate grey dial, IWC displays the short times of a chronograph with a totalizer displaying the hours and minutes in a single counter, and the long time of a perpetual calendar ready to cope with the irregularities of the Gregorian calendar until 2100. And if your descendants wear this self-winding timepiece through to the 23rd generation, the moon-phase display will require a mere one-day adjustment after 577.5 years: time enough to admire around 7,145 full moons! (ES)

IWC Da Vinci Calendrier Perpétuel Chronographe
IWC Da Vinci Calendrier Perpétuel Chronographe
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