Revealed at SIHH 2019, below we go over some of the most extravagant and luxurious timepieces by prestigious Swiss watchmaking companies at the trade show. There were some noticeable and early trends that focused on the case shapes as well as various variations of celestial themes in the timepieces. Below we go over some of the timepieces that caught our eye at SIHH 2019.
Cartier Privé Tonneau Collection
In the most recent years, the French luxury brand, Cartier Prive Tonneau, has been reinterpreting some of the most iconic watch shapes created by Cartier under the “Prive” banner. Back in 2015, the “crash” timepiece received this treatment followed by the Tank Cintree in 2017. At SIHH 2019, Cartier unveiled a capsule collection of the “Tonneau” watch. The Tonneau was one of the fist models of wristwatches created by Cartier over 100 years ago, in 1906. Just two years after it was introduced, which Cartier claims was the first watch made for the wrist. Tonneau, means “barrel” which is both the name and the shape of the watch. Over the years many timepieces have been fashioned in the tonneau shape but the Cartier “Tonneau” is one of the earliest. The Prive Tonneau collection consists of two sets of four models all with alligator leather straps.
The first is the Cartier Dual Time Zone Skeleton XL in platinum which will retail for $78,500 and is also available in 18K rose gold for $68,500. Both of these timepieces are powered by the in-house 9919 MC caliber and are both highly limited pieces with just 100 to be made. Additionally, there is a version of this watch in platinum and baguette-cut diamond which will be limited to only 20 pieces.
Next, the Cartier Tonneau Large which comes in platinum is limited to only 100 pieces for $26,200 and it also comes in an 18K rose gold variant at $22,400. Both of these timepieces are powered by the in-house 1917 MC manufacture.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar
The architectural features and designs associated with the Laureato are brought over to this newest iteration, which houses a perpetual calendar that is spread out upon the galvanic blue Clous de Paris dial in an unusual and perplexing fashion. The days are shown at the 9 o’clock and the pointer-type date display between 2 and 3 o’clock, while the month appears through a large window at 6 o’clock, marked by an off-centered pointer at 5 o’clock. A leap year indicator is also located at the 6 o’clock position. This dial is housed in a 42mm stainless steel tonneau-shaped case with an octagon-shaped bezel and round dial display. It is powered by the GP01800-0033 automatic movement with a 54-hour power reserve.
The luxurious Swiss brand unveiled three new timepieces from tis iconic and well-known Altiplano collection, all of which have celestial influences.
First up is the 36mm Altipnao High Jewellery. It is a classic two-hand timepiece that for the first time comes with stunning baguette diamonds on the bezel and dial, and a blue sunray-brushed dial. Like the sky itself, the dial reveals multiple aspects of appearance under varying levels of light. It is greatly limited at only 88 pieces.
Next, is the 41mm white-gold Altiplano Tourbillon. It is distinguished by a radiant blue meteorite dial that is encircled by a diamond-set bezel. The hours and minutes subdial is at the 8 o’clock position, while the flying tourbillon is located at 2 o’clock. The “Widmanstatten” patterns on the meteorite dial are common of the crystallized nickel-iron structures found within iron meteorites. This timepiece is limited to a mere 28 pieces in total.
Finally, completing the trio of Piaget’s SIHH creations is the 40mm Altiplano. This is a classical two-hand timepiece that is on a grey meteorite dial with a date window encased in a pink gold case. It will be limited to 300 pieces in total.
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