Stellar times are here to stay...

By egor Monday, 09 January 2017 5:59 PM

Stellar times are here to stay...

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Piaget’s first complication watch Limelight Stella is dedicated to women and entirely designed and developed in the Manufactures of La Côte-aux-Fées and Geneva and requiring a one-day correction only after 122 years. The sun and moon play hide and seek at 12 o’clock and it is powered by a new mechanical automatic movement designed, developed and produced in-house the Calibre 584P, endowed with a 42-hour power reserve and beating at a frequency of 21,600 vph. The pink gold Limelight Stella comes with a polished or gemset bezel, while the white gold version features a gemset bezel. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Piaget Altiplano.

Aviamost also features three watches set to be unveiled at the SIHH 2017.

Roger Dubuis presents yet another world first in terms of materials at the SIHH 2017 – the Excalibur Quator Cobalt MicroMelt the first timepiece with a case made of cobalt chrome chrome which is 100 percent biocompatible and very corrosion-resistant. It contrasts appealingly with the blue PVD-coated elements of the movement and openworked dial. The hour and minute hands are in white gold, with red tips filled with Super-LumiNova and it carries the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality seal.

At the SIHH 2017, Montblanc unveils the first bronze-cased models in the vintage-inspired 1858 collection. One of it is the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition featuring a case made of satinated bronze and a champagne-colored sunray dial. It is outfitted with Minerva Caliber MB M16.29, a manual-winding monopusher chronograph movement oscillating at 18,000 vph and a power reserve of 50 hours. The dial, surrounded by a tachymeter scale, features a red-tipped central chronograph hand, a 30-minute chronograph subdial at 3 o’clock, and a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. The monopusher to activate the stopwatch is integrated into the crown and it is limited to just 100 pieces.

In 2002, the LANGE 1 MOON PHASE enriched A. Lange & Söhne’s most successful watch family with a model featuring the popular astronomical complication. Unveiled at SIHH 2017, it has now been endowed with a new movement as well - the L121.3 manufacture calibre movement with a power reserve of 72 hours, a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour and the precisely jumping outsize date display. It combines the moon-phase display with a day/night indicator. The moon-phase display tracks the lunar cycle – with an average duration of 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds – so accurately that it takes 122.6 years for the display to deviate from the true synodic period by just one day. The watch is available in white gold/black, pink gold/argenté, and platinum/rhodié case/dial combinations.

Inspired by enchanting femininity and astrology, the new Promesse from Baume & Mercier gives a glimpse into the mystery behind the four phases of the moon, unveiling each chapter right on the dial. In a modern twist, the moonphase drawing perfectly suits the blue lacquered dial while the 30 diamonds, set like two crescent moons, brighten up this starry night and highlight the oval shaped bezel fitting into the round 34mm polished steel case matched by a glossy midnight blue alligator strap.

Two new high jewellery models join the exclusive Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower line for women. Its sculptural form evokes the figure 8, a symbol of completeness and infinity. It has two superimposed dials in soft lines and rounded curves while the lower dial is crafted in slightly convex mother-of-pearl. The stunning upper dial features a lotus flower under a sapphire crystal dome. Simply press the push button at 2 o’clock and its six gold petals polished and satin-brushed by hand – open to reveal a twirling briolette-cut sapphire or ruby in its heart. Then they gently close again in a secret technique going back to the very days the brand was founded by its distinguished founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721-1790)…

Rolex is introducing a new version of the Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39, in 18k Everose gold and adorned with the rarest diamonds, combining its expertise in the art of watchmaking and sophisticated gem-setting. Its Oyster case is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres. The crystal, with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. It is equipped with the new-generation calibre 3235, backed by 14 patents, incorporating the Chronergy escapement developed by Rolex. The watch carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.