This one-off piece from Parmigiani Fleurier honours the traditions of Fine Watchmaking with its perpetual calendar, minute repeater and tourbillon, which it combines with a highly contemporary finish.
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The numbers speak for themselves: 15 automakers have stayed away from the 89th Geneva Motor Show (March 7-17), including Volvo, Land Rover, Opel and Abarth. Watchmakers too are conspicuous by their absence. The mechanical emulation that used to be part of the show's charm no longer keeps the dream alive. At least not on the floor.
These are happy days for the kidult generation, now that Richard Mille is running a sweet shop, Romain Jerome has donned a villain's cape and H. Moser & Cie. has taken to watering its straps. Welcome to an age of nostalgia-driven watches, horological comforters and some kickass wrist wear. Because we're all just kids at heart.
Traditionally, luxury watches have been most comfortable with classic shades, with a few notable exceptions. Now more brands are exploring the spectrum as a form of differentiation or to convey a message. New releases from SIHH 2019 confirm that colour rules.
A watch whose one and only function is to give the time is probably the most difficult exercise a maker can undertake. When the emperor has no clothes, what is revealed must be beyond reproach.
The chronograph's association with reliable, rugged sports watches has earned it a place at the top of many watch fans' most-wanted list. The brands exhibiting at SIHH 2019 have given this popular complication a workout.
Part of the return to more complex mechanisms, the perpetual calendar has much to offer. The perfect standalone complication, it is also a test of expertise. All good reasons why it should be the star of SIHH 2019.
In this early 21st century, table clocks are an invaluable showcase for the imagination and expertise of Fine Watch brands. After Patek Philippe and Cartier, spotlight on Jaeger-LeCoultre, Parmigiani, MB&F and L'Epée 1839.
A few years ago, "luxury watch" implied a raft of complications, extravagant gem-setting, limited editions and métiers d'art. Basically, a world reserved for collectors. But times have changed. The 2018 luxury watch is adapting to a younger customer base and uses multi-facetted marketing to become more accessible.