David’s Picks: SIHH 2017
David King Picks His Favorite Timepieces from SIHH 2017
This year’s SIHH 2017 show in Geneva was nothing less than spectacular. The theme of the show was a balance of exceptional haute horology creations (the $1MM watch from Vacheron Constantin) with a strong focus on everyday, affordable luxury (Cartier reintroduced the Panther collection in steel that retails under $5,000).
In total, SIHH 2017 included a record 30 brands from leading manufactures like A.Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Parmigiani, Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Ulysse Nardin, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Vacheron Constantin, just to name a few.
Let’s recap our favorite watch releases from the SIHH 2017 show in Geneva.
Favorite Men’s World Time Watch: Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time
This watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre marks the first time a flying tourbillon complication has been included on a world timer. The execution is elegant and the tourbillon complication is seamlessly integrated into the dial design . Price: $145,000
Favorite Collector Watch: Officine Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days
Our favorite watch has minimalistic, cool blue dial accents that’s housed in a radical new material called “carbotech,” which is created through a process of fusing many layers of carbon under high pressure. Panerai is so confident in this new technology that this watch comes with a fifty year warranty. Wow! According to the brand, it’s lighter and more stress-resistant than titanium. The dial is made up of tiny black nanotubes, which absorb light and create the appearance of a black that is even darker than a normal black. There will be only 50 made for the world (so good luck acquiring one!) but this watch will be a superstar within any watch collection. Price: 50,000 CHF
Favorite Ladies Watch: Cartier Panthère de Cartier Spot Watch
The Panther is officially back. An icon in the watch world, the Panthère de Cartier watch collection was initially launched in 1983, and was in production all the way through the early 2000s when it was discontinued. For 2017, Cartier has reinstated the Panthère watch collection in two sizes, and nine metals and/or finishes.
The showstopper at the Geneva fair was this Cartier Panthère de Cartier Spot Watch in 18kt white gold with diamonds which is directly inspired by the spotted panther motif. This exceptional ladies timepieces was extensively explored by Cartier’s legendary and charismatic design director, Jeanne Toussaint.
Favorite Independent Watch Release: MB&F HM7 Aquapod Tourbillon Diving-Style Watch
Once again Max Busser rocks the world of haute horology with this bold and out-of-the-box tourbillon that is sure to turn some heads at the country club.
So there you have it, David King’s favorite timepieces from SIHH 2017! For up-to-date information on which fabulous new releases will be shown at the 2017 Nashville Watch Fair, visit their website.