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THE BEST OUTSIDE SIHH

SIHH 2018

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January 2018


THE BEST OUTSIDE SIHH

Some important brands that were not inside the walls of SIHH still displayed an exhibition or unveiled novelties in Geneva. Here is a selection.

EDOUARD BOVET TOURBILLON

This impressive watch, with a 10-day triple time zone flying tourbillon, hemispherical earth maps and reversed hand-fitting, pays tribute to Edouard Bovet, a Swiss pioneer of watchmaking in China in the early 19th century, to whom the whole industry is still accountable today. The quality of the hand-applied SuperLuminova is equally impressive.

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HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION CHRONOGRAPH ITALIA INDEPENDENT

Hublot pursues its artistic partnership with the Italianissimo Lapo Elkann, this year with a sporty twist with the addition of a chronograph movement to three different limited editions. They all rely on the elegance of the fabrics the designer has chosen from the archives of the Italian tailor Rubinacci and are inspired by the 60s and 70s.

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FRANCK MULLER VANGUARD WORLD TIMER GMT

A different kind of Franck Muller watch, softer, and playing less on transparency or ultra-contemporary codes, with the world map motif, the reference cities for the 24 time zones to keep track of the time in two different time zones, and a 24-hour disc featuring a day/night indicator.

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BULGARI OCTO L’ORIGINALE CHRONOGRAPH

The watch appears this year in titanium, following the success of Bulgari with its Finissimo model and of its “light” line of horology. The case and dial are made from this metal. The chronograph is powered by the high-frequency mechanical self-winding BVL 328 Velocissimo movement (El Primero). This column-wheel chronograph with a silicon escapement has a 50-hour power reserve.

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JACOB & CO ASTRONOMIA BLACK CERAMIC

Amongst the new additions to the Astronomia collection that Jacob & Co. unveiled this year are the first diamond baguette-set version of the Astronomia Solar, as well a new version of the signature Astronomia Triple Axis Tourbillon, set in a black ceramic case. The latter adds mystery to this masterpiece.

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SCHWARZ ETIENNE ROSWELL 08

The silhouette of this watch is inspired by the shape of a flying saucer, as a reference to its inspiration, the Roswell mystery! The self-winding micro-rotor movement ISE 100.11, an evolution of the ISE 100.00, features a balance and hairspring fully developed and manufactured in collaboration with E20 Innovations, a sister company of Schwarz Etienne. To be noted that the manufacture is opening up its competences to third parties for the development of movements and private label.

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MANUFACTURE ROYALE ANDROGYNE BESPOKE TOURBILLON STEEL LIGHT BLUE

The creation of the Manufacture Royale Bespoke Workshop is the logical follow-up to the realization of several special orders in 2017. What’s more natural indeed for a House whose slogan is “Dare to think for yourself” to take the exceptional that little step further to allow its clients to express their personality by bringing a unique touch to their timepiece, a signature making it like no other? This concept of personalization includes all the models of the Manufacture Royale collection and can relate to several components to meet clients’ requests. It consists of a wide range of possible personalization so allowing support in the creation process. Each project is fully discussed with the client. This approach is to initiate an individualized relationship with the clients while allowing them to immerse themselves in the high-end world of Manufacture Royale throughout the process of creating their tailor-made watches.

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LOUIS MOINET METROPOLIS MAGIC GREEN

After their Magic Blue, Ateliers Louis Moinet have achieved the equivalent depth of colour for another hue: the resplendent Magic Green. It took almost a year of development to find a Magic Green that could rival the intensity and power of Magic Blue. This alternative colour gives the Metropolis a new splendour, highlighting its modernistic inspiration. The timepiece blends the visionary talent of the inventor of the chronograph and high-frequency horology with a profoundly architectural work. Breaking free of neoclassical convention, Ateliers Louis Moinet have adopted a distinctive, contemporary approach unlike anything they have ever done before.

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De Bethune DB28 Steel Wheels

De Bethune takes centre-stage by highlighting the original architecture of its movement with an exceptional timepiece: the DB28 Steel Wheels, issued in a limited edition of 25. In unveiling the very heart of its horological expertise, De Bethune is revealing cutting-edge technology dedicated to serving art: a double self-regulating barrel ensuring a six-day power reserve, a signature De Bethune balance-spring with flat terminal curve, a silicon escape-wheel, a triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system, as well as a new even more high-performance titanium balance-wheel with white gold inserts.

THE BEST OUTSIDE SIHH