Mile­stones

Watch com­pa­nies love their an­niver­saries and tributes; here are just a few for the up­com­ing year that will be re­vealed at this month’s Salon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie in Geneva

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1_ A. LANGE & SÖHNE 1815 Homage to Wal­ter Lange

When com­pany founder Wal­ter Lange died in Jan­uary 2017, A. Lange & Söhne set about cre­at­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary com­pli­ca­tion as an homage to the man. This mag­nif­i­cent wrist­watch fea­tures a jump­ing sweep sec­onds hand, with a start/stop func­tion that was es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant for the founder. It also houses the new cal­i­bre L1924, mark­ing Lange’s year of birth.

2_ HER­MÈS Arceau Chrono Ti­tane

Henri d’Origny joined Her­mès in 1958 and cre­ated the first Arceau model in 1978 – a round watch with asym­met­ri­cal lugs in a shape in­spired by stir­rups, high­light­ing the brand’s eques­trian roots. Forty years later, the new ver­sion of the Arceau, with its bead-blasted ti­ta­nium case, chrono­graph func­tion and slop­ing nu­mer­als, might just be the sporti­est Her­mès watch yet.

3_ IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN IWC Trib­ute to Pall­we­ber Edi­tion 150 Years

IWC turns 150 years old in 2018 and the com­pany cel­e­brates the mile­stone with a host of new nov­el­ties. This trib­ute watch, lim­ited to 250 pieces, is in­spired by Aus­trian watch­maker Josef Pall­we­ber’s pocket watches for the brand from 1885 to 1887. The hours and min­utes are shown in large nu­mer­als on ro­tat­ing discs, and the dis­plays are la­belled in hon­our of FA Jones, the com­pany’s Amer­i­can-born founder.

4_AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak Off­shore Tour­bil­lon Chrono­graph

The Swiss watch­maker cel­e­brates the 25th an­niver­sary of its Royal Oak Off­shore this year. To mark the oc­ca­sion, three new it­er­a­tions are be­ing re­leased this month. This stain­less steel tour­bil­lon chrono­graph has been up­dated with a bold, con­tem­po­rary dial de­sign, with the crown and push­pieces crafted in ce­ramic. Only 50 pieces have been pro­duced.

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