Earlier this month, we got to see horological rock star Kari Voutilainen team up with Armin Strom to release a limited run of the latter’s Mirrored Force Resonance. This week at SIHH, however, Armin Strom was back to announce the Pure Resonance, which the brand describes as being focused entirely on “purity and chronometry.”
Here’s a quick rundown on what a resonance watch is and how it functions.
Watches that utilize resonance are extremely...Read more: Keeping it Simple: Armin Strom Introduces the Pure Resonance
Last year’s major release for Romain Gauthier was the Insight Micro-Rotor, that incorporated a — you guessed it — micro-rotor that offered an 80-hour power reserve. The watch was considered a significant step forward for the independent manufacture with a level of quality and finishing that other brands could only dream of. This year, Romain Gauthier has continued to build out the Micro-Rotor line with the Insight Micro-Rotor Lady, which just so happens to be the brand’s very first...Read more: Romain Gauthier Updates the Insight Micro-Rotor for the Ladies
It was in 1904, when pocketwatches were still in style for gentlemen, that pioneering aviator and bon vivant Alberto Santos-Dumont approached his friend, Louis Cartier, about fashioning for him a timepiece that he could wear, and check the time, while keeping both hands on the controls of his aircraft. The watch that Cartier made for Santos-Dumont, with its distinctive square bezel, is not only regarded by most historians as the first men’s wristwatch; it was also the progenitor of...Read more: The New Cartier Santos: The First Men’s Wristwatch Gets a Modern Makeover
When Piaget announced that it was releasing the world’s thinnest automatic watch at SIHH this year, it didn’t surprise anyone. In the constant struggle for brand’s to hold world records, Piaget has been a dominant force in the pursuit of ultra-thinness with only Bulgari as its main competitor. What no one expected, however, was that Piaget would be competing with itself during the fair by introducing the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept, which blows the one-month-old Piaget...Read more: Piaget Introduces Another Record-Breaking Watch
We’ve already seen a few new Royal Oak Offshore 25th Anniversary models and a couple new Millenary timepieces, however, this week at SIHH, Audemars Piguet unleashed a whole truckload of new watches — the most of any brand presenting. We’re going to run through the top eight most notable pieces before going deeper into what else the brand released during the coming weeks (Spoiler alert: there’s a lot of Royal Oaks).
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak RD #2
First up, the Royal Oak RD...Read more: Eight Highlight Watches from Audemars Piguet’s 2018 Lineup
Ever since the Girard-Perregaux Laureato returned at Baselworld 2016, it’s been obvious that this is the model that the brand is investing its future in. Last year was when the Laureato really took off after the GP team unveiled 34 new additions to the rapidly expanding collection. At SIHH this year (which GP returned to last year), while we didn’t get to see as many new Laureato looks, we did get to see the addition of a new complication to the famous sports model with the Laureato...Read more: Girard-Perregaux Launches a Laureato Chronograph plus a Minute Repeater Tri-Axial Tourbillon
Polo is one of the toughest sports to wear a watch during. Not only do you have to worry about your opponent smashing the delicate crystal of your timepiece with an errant mallet, but, if for some reason you fall off your horse, it’s game over for anything that happens to be on your wrist. The most famous watch design with polo in mind has to be Jaeger-LeCoultre’s iconic Reverso, which solved this problem by being able to seamlessly flip the watch around to expose a metal caseback...Read more: Richard Mille Introduces the Ultimate Polo Watch