1. ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER by A. Lange & Söhne
The fabulous Zeitwerk Minute Repeater, introduced
in 2015, is back in white gold with a blue dial, in
a limited edition of 30. It is the only watch in the
world to combine a digital hour (left) and minutes
(right) display mechanism with jumping numerals,
framing a small-seconds dial, with a minute
repeater mechanism, the two hammers and all the
gongs of which are visible on the dial. But that is
not the only unusual thing about this watch: the
minute repeater, which is activated by a pusher,
not a slide, does not chime the customary quarter-
hours, but marks every ten minutes with two
chimes. For example, at 7:52, the hammer on the
left chimes a low note for every completed hour,
then five double chimes to indicate the completion
of a period of ten minutes; after which the
right-hand hammer sounds the minute units with
two high notes.
It’s a remarkable achievement – assembly alone takes several months.
2. HOROLOGICAL MACHINE N°10 “BULLDOG” by MB&F
A round, stocky body in titanium or pink gold; two bulging “eyes” in aluminium displaying the time; two studded collars for winding the watch or setting the time; sturdy folding “paws”, or lugs, to firmly enclose the wrist; huge, articulated jaws that open and close according to the power remaining in the mainspring barrel; and a large heart beating at a constant 2.5 Hz (18,000 vph).
3. BUGATTI CHIRON TOURBILLON by Jacob & Co.
It’s a meeting of two brands for whom superlative and crazy machines are a way of life. How to reproduce the iconic 16-cylinder Bugatti engine in a timepiece? Jacob & Co. had a go. The result: one year of development, two turbochargers, 16 pistons and a 578-component flying tourbillon movement. The crowns, positioned at the bottom of the case, set in motion this engine on the wrist, under the massive sapphire crystal.
4. QP À ÉQUATION by Greubel Forsey
A chocolate-coloured dial and 5N red gold case form the new attire of this exceptional QP à Équation, which won an award at the GPHG in 2017. Its 15 complications, which include the equation of time, the solstices and equinoxes, are displayed on its two faces, and are all as easy to set as a simple perpetual calendar thanks to a “mobile coder” set at the heart of this patented Mechanical Computer.