Check out the video below where I explain why the Cartier Santos is my #1 Pick for new watch releases at SIHH of 2018 in Switzerland. You might be quite surprised!
SIHH is set to open doors in a couple of days to visitors, exhibitors, and media outlets and the show should be a good one this year even though attendance has declined slightly over the past few years due to the Swiss watch industries decline which is due to the fall of the asian market, smart watches, and generally a new customer base as younger adults are not picking up the tradition of a mechanical watch as much as they used to in my opinion, atleast here in the United States. Let us take a look at 4 Pre-SIHH watch releases from some very resepctable swiss watchmakers.
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Re Edition to the 1993 Debut Model
This watch from luxury swiss house Audemars Piguet is essentially the same original Offshore that was released in 1993 with the older subdial design and really sparked the whole ROO craze. It is being re released with a nice blue dial and should be a hit for Royal Oak Offshore lovers. It features a 42MM diameter with a guilloche dial just like the original but they did upgrade the movement.
Lange Sohne 1815 “Walter Lange”
German watchmaker Lange Sohne has announced the release of a 1815 model paying homage to Walter Lange. Last year the direct descendant of Ferdinand Lange and creator of most modern Lange pieces passed away and this piece will pay tribute to his excellent work and life.
Jaeger Le Coultre Reverso Tribute Duoface “Casa Fagliano”
JLC unveiled their newest addition to the tribute JLC Reverso Duo Face line prior to the official SIHH exhibition and it really flows well. This model dubbed the “Casa Fagliano” features an 18K pink gold case including some updates. The main attraction for JLC fans in my opinion is the strap which really amazed me as they collaborated with well known Argentine bootmakers Casa Fagliano and added a two piece brown cordovan strap which suits the pink gold case oh so well. Also, I am from Argentina and have family there so this one is close to my heart and props to JLC for doing this.
Montblanc Timewalker in house manufacture Chronograph
Montblanc watches are generally not my thing. I have experienced every single one of their current models this past year during a two hour visit to their flagship boutique in New York. One thing that really turns me off about the brand is the steep discounts offered from grey market dealers which really kill the brands value and resell. Also, the quality of some of their flagship models just was not there for the price in terms of fit and finish, including many ETA and Valjoux movements which were not heavily
modified nor decorated. However, for up to 75% off retail they can be a good value proposition for a collector to add some new spice to their collection. ANYWAY, This new release is their famous timewalker chronograph which actually contains a full in house manufactured movement MB 25.10 which is definitely a good look when looking at the 7750s they used in the earlier additions of the Timewalker chronograph.
CEO - Edouard Meylan
H. Moser , a pretty renowned luxury watchmaker from Switzerland recently announced the release of the Swiss Icons watch for SIHH 2018. Although recent news has came back to me and confirmed it will not be portrayed at the SIHH show in Switzerland this year. The watch features design cues from many different iconic swiss luxury watchmakers. For one, we can see the Rolex GMT "Pepsi" bezel which is integrated into this Panerai styled case which is kind of odd to be quite frank. The Pie Pan dial resembles a Panerai as well whilst the actual integrated steel bracelet looks like something you would see on a Patek Philippe Nautilus. HMC has been known to come out with these exciting and interesting watches each year to grab attention in the world of luxury watches and they seem to be doing a pretty good job as most of the major outlets have covered the watch this past week. Many reactions from different comment boards show mixed feelings about the piece. Some enthusiasts are enjoying this "Homage" design and some are purely disgusted with it. I myself for one do not like the watch at all and it actually looks like a really low grade chinese homage watch. The watch is far from low quality and features a open front Tourbillon with a Panerai style flip open crown lock. The fit and finish is all what you would expect from a luxury swiss watchmaker but the whole design and aesthetic personally steers me away from the idea. Let me know what you guys think about this new release of the H MOSER Swiss Icons watch. I would love to hear back from you guys by leaving a comment in the area below this. Thanks for reading , and please stay tuned as I will be covering SIHH 2018 with all the new hot releases from your favorite swiss luxury watchmakers.
Caliber: HMC 804, in-house
Functions: Hours, minutes
Diameter: 32mm / 14 1/4
Power Reserve: 3 days
Winding: Automatic, bi-directional; 18k red gold oscillating weight
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Additional Details: Modular one-minute flying Tourbillon
Reference Number: 3804-1200
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Dial Color: Blue, two layers with cut-out numerals
The watch will be auctioned after the 2018 SIHH, and proceeds will be donated to the Fondation pour la Culture Horlogère Suisse, to "support apprenticeships in the watchmaking professions and to safeguard expertise in the related watchmaking arts and crafts."