THE TIME FOR LUX­URY

Aspen Peak - - Contents - BY ALDOUS TUCK

The best of the best from SIHH are turn­ing heads in Aspen.

THE BEST OF THE BEST FROM SIHH ARE TURN­ING HEADS IN ASPEN.

This year’s Salon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie brought more than 15,000 vis­i­tors to Geneva to ex­pe­ri­ence the lat­est, most lav­ish time­pieces from 30 of the world’s finest watch­mak­ers. With Richemont, the owner of a dozen lux­ury watch brands, re­port­ing a 12 per­cent rise in sales in the fourth quar­ter of 2016, a strong sense of op­ti­mism per­vaded the fair, which saw a num­ber of watches boast­ing high-tech ma­te­ri­als and en­gi­neer­ing, as well as high styling, to sat­isfy lovers of haute horol­ogy— apro­pos in Aspen, a town whose res­i­dents ex­pect the best.

For more watch fea­tures and ex­panded cov­er­age, go to as­pen­peak-mag­a­zine.com/ watches-and-jew­elry. .

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At SIHH, IWC Schaffhausen,a house that has long em­braced male cus­tomers, pre­miered an update to its clas­sic Da Vinci line fea­tur­ing re­mark­ably strong watches for women, in­clud­ing three glit­ter­ing vari­a­tions on the Da Vinci Au­to­matic Moon Phase 36: red gold, stain­less steel, and stain­less steel with 54 di­a­monds em­bed­ded in the bezel (PIC­TURED HERE, $13,900). All three fea­ture a vis­ually ar­rest­ing moon-phase com­pli­ca­tion, an el­e­gant com­ple­ment to the brand’s en­gi­neer­ing ex­cel­lence. Merid­ian Jewel­ers, 525 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-3833; iwc.com

Tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion and novel ma­te­ri­als abound in the Lab-ID Lu­mi­nor 1950 Car­botech 3 Days ($51,300) from Of­ficine Pan­erai. Car­botech, a car­bon fiber com­pos­ite used in au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing, makes the 49mm case ex­tremely light. A car­bon nan­otube coat­ing on the dial al­lows it to ab­sorb light, lend­ing depth to the black col­or­ing, a con­trast height­ened by the blue Su­per-Lu­miNova pig­ment. Car­botech con­struc­tion and the fact that no oils or liq­uid lu­bri­cants are used in the move­ment means this piece has an un­prece­dented 50-year war­ranty. 400 E. Hy­man Ave., 970-544-1868; pan­erai.com

Richard Mille pro­duced its RM 50-03 Tour­bil­lon Split Sec­onds Chrono­graph Ul­tra­light McLaren F1 ($1,000,000) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with For­mula 1 pow­er­house McLaren-Honda. Con­structed of ul­tra-high-tech ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing Graph TPT Car­bon, a pro­pri­etary com­pos­ite made by in­ject­ing a graphene-heavy resin into lay­ers of car­bon fibers, this stand­out edi­tion, lim­ited to 75 pieces, weighs a mere 38 grams, mak­ing it the light­est split-sec­ond tour­bil­lon chrono­graph in the world. 315 E. Dean St., 970-3003318; richard­mille.com

A. Lange & Söhne takes the moon-phase indi­ca­tor to new heights in its Lange 1 Moon Phase ($54,700), which is avail­able in three dial and case vari­a­tions. Two gold discs mark the move­ment of the moon: One ro­tates ev­ery 24 hours, pre­sent­ing tran­si­tion­ing shades of blue and white to rep­re­sent night and day, while a sec­ond disc in front car­ries the moon across the sky in its monthly phases. The made-in-house, man­u­ally wound cal­iber L 121.3 of­fers a 72-hour power re­serve. Merid­ian Jewel­ers, 525 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-3833; alange-soehne.com

Ac­cord­ing to leg­end, the orig­i­nal Cade­nas watch was cre­ated by Van Cleef & Ar­pels for the Duchess of Wind­sor so she could check the time with­out ap­pear­ing to. This year, the brand in­tro­duces the Ruby Cade­nas (price on re­quest), the lat­est ex­quis­ite ex­am­ple from this royal line. A beau­ti­ful blend of fine watch­mak­ing and haute joail­lerie, this time­piece dou­bles as a state­ment ac­ces­sory—and al­lows only the wearer to tell the time. The pink gold of the bracelet and case are set with princess-cut ru­bies. 400 E. Hy­man Ave., 888-984-4822; van­clee­farpels.com

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