These Four Watches Are Rocking Our World

31 January 2019
Watches, SIHH, VACHERON CONSTANTIN, Audemars Piguet, H Moser & Cie, IWC
You can’t beat a mix of the classics and one slightly unusual outlier

Debuted at SIHH, the watches you see before you offer everything from the beautifully complicated to the beautifully simple – by way of an iconic new watch family and a watch made for Spitfire pilots. It's a beautiful time to be a live.

Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar
We’ve all been there. You tuck your your manually wound perpetual calendar watch in to hibernate for a while, and when you decide to give it another outing, you have to spend precious time re-setting all the indications. The Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar from Vacheron Constantin is designed to solve that specific problem. There is a pusher at eight o’clock that allows you to switch the movement from Active mode (5Hz) to Standby mode (1.2Hz), extending the power reserve from four days to 65 days. There is an added bonus: despite high complications, it measures just 4.22mm (diameter) x 12.3mm (thickness), making it both elegant and wearable.

Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59
This was Audemars Piguet’s final year at SIHH, and with the launch of its new Code 11.59 collection – one of the major talking points of the week – it has gone out in style. When Audemars Piguet introduced its now iconic octagonal Royal Oak – the first stainless steel luxury watch – in 1972, it caused quite a stir. It has enjoyed 47 years of success with the Royal Oak collection, so the creation of an entirely new family of watches is a bold move. The 11.59 collection – the name refers to the last minute of the day before a new dawn – comprises 13 new references and three new calibres, including the long-awaited integrated chronograph. The design is contemporary, a round 41mm case with almost no bezel – a reference to modern phone and television screens – but look closer and you will see Audemars Piguet’s famous octagon embedded in the middle case.

H Moser & Cie

H Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black
Minimalism is nothing new to H Moser & Cie’s, something it shares with Jonny Ive, Chief Design Officer of tech giant Apple Inc. It is a pertinent parallel – because the Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black, with its black rectangular dial, adorned with nothing but a one-minute flying tourbillon at six o’clock, and smooth platinum bezel appears to be haute horology’s mischievous nod to the iconic design of Ive’s Apple Watch. How do you tell the time? Listen out for the chimes.  

IWC

IWC Pilot's Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition "The Longest Flight"
IWC’s Pilot's Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition "The Longest Flight" is designed for action. It has been developed for pilots Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones, who are currently flying around the world in a vintage Spitfire – a journey dubbed "The Longest Flight". This watch, which can be set to a different time zone with a twist of the bezel, has a stainless-steel case, black dial and green textile strap inspired by the interior of the Spitfire’s cockpit.