Once an exercise in style intended to leave only the pith and marrow of an existing movement, skeletonization has expanded its territory to include complicated calibres as well as the mechanical movements in women's watches. A virtuoso illustration that less truly can be more.
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Usually very rare, dials set with aventurine, the sparkly blue mineral with flecks of gold running through it, were as ubiquitous as tourbillons at the 2018 SIHH. An opportunity to question ourselves on the nature of this precious material: natural or manufactured?
Originally a saddlemaker, Hermès prolongs this expertise within its watchmaking division with some of the finest leather straps in the business. The heart of this activity is in Biel, where La Montre Hermès opened in 1978.
After proving its capacity to machine sapphire cases on a large scale, Hublot adds colour. Blue or red, the Big Bang Unico Sapphire is a shade above!
All is revealed with the Octo Tourbillon Sapphire, which sheds light on the mechanical complexity of its movement. A spectacular new interpretation of the octagon's pure form.
The Le Locle watchmaker returns to its best-seller for an 8-piece limited edition with black PVD titanium case, a skull on the tourbillon carriage, and a choice of stingray or personalised strap. Introducing the X-TREM-1 – StingHD prior to Baselworld.
Ingenious or extravagant, brands unleash their creativity to equip their timepieces with straps whose technical and aesthetic prowess has nothing to envy that of the movement. A closer look at recent innovations and what's new this year.
Sporting by day, sophisticated by night, who's to say a man should be true to one watch only? Evidently not the makers, who cater to a gentleman's ever-changing moods with products that are ready for adventure or will complement his cufflinks. Be spoiled for choice at SIHH.