Bulgari presents its new masterpiece of sound, the Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon. The timepiece features a three-hammer chime combined with a tourbillon regulator.
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Patek Philippe is the latest of the Manufactures to present a Grand Sonnerie this year, joining Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet. Given the intricacy of this melodious complication, three such launches constitute an exceptional event.
Ferdinand Berthoud's Chronomètre FB 2RE, the first of a new collection; Greubel Forsey's Balancier S, its second sports watch; Patek Philippe's 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon: presenting a trio of high-mech watches that recently made their debut.
Chiming watches, whether minute repeaters, grandes sonneries or alarms, are embedded in the history of the Le Sentier brand, a tradition it upholds this year with customary brilliance.
Jaeger-LeCoultre continues its revamp of the Master Control collection with two interpretations of the Memovox, the legendary alarm watch that debuted in 1950. As chiming watches, they are part of a long tradition that the Manufacture is emphasising this year.
In the wake of its Reference 57260 anniversary timepiece with 57 complications, first presented a little over a year ago, Vacheron Constantin returned to SIHH with two watches whose complex mechanics are equalled only by their incredible beauty.
While a tough eighteen months may have left their mark on Fine Watch brands, watchmaking's elite have lost none of their ability to propose truly stunning creations. For proof, four timepieces and the confirmation of striking watches as a collector's grail.
Complications are, for watchmakers, a means of expressing their mechanical ingenuity and sense of innovation. Despite an economic climate that inspires prudence, a good many Maisons have chosen to shun simplicity. A round-up of what's on show at SIHH.