Our top picks for the petrol head from the most i mpor tant and exclusive watch show i n the wor l d, SIHH (Salon International de l a Haute Hor l ogerie) i n Geneva
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire Bronze
iwc.com ` 5.6 lakh*
This year, IWC dedicated an entire collection of watches to an expedition of two pilots, who will fly a restored 1940s Silver Spitfire aircraft on its longest flight ever! The journey will have the legendary British fighter aircraft circumnavigate the world, covering 43,000km. Our pick from the lot is a chronograph. IWC Pilot's watch Chronograph Spitfire takes a few design cues from the company's age old Mark 11 watch. Mark 11 watches were originally made for Royal air force in mid 20th century.
A contemporary watch with military aesthetics, IWC watch reference IW387902 is handsome in bronze case, olive green dial and brown calf leather strap. At 41mm, this IWC martial is going to be comfortable to sport in any weather. It displays chronograph function for hours, minutes and seconds. There are windows for date and day and a subdial with hacking seconds. A soft-iron inner case protects against magnetic fields.
Panerai Submersible Carbotech panerai.com ` 13.6 lakh* (42mm) ` 14 lakh* (47mm)
Admired by watch-lovers for its distinctive cushion-shaped dials, Panerai first shot to fame for developing Radiomir watches for the Royal Italian Navy commandos during World War II. Several decades on, Panerai is still one of the top watch brands making genuinely useful and wearable mechanically powered diver watches. What makes Panerai even more special is that it has never stopped innovating ways to make its products, better. Carbotech is a material based on carbonfibre and is much lighter than common materials used to make watches, like titanium and steel. Panerai was the first to introduced this material in the world of horology. The new Submersible Carbotech watch will be sold in 42 and 47 mm diameter dials. Water-resistant to a depth of 300 metres, the all black dial glows beautifully in the dark with luminous markers and dots.
Montblanc Timewalker Automatic Chronograph 41mm
montblanc.com ` 2.5 lakh*
Here's a watch that is one of the finest investments you will make. This reverse panda dial (because it is black and white) is a captivating piece with sub dials reminiscent of the dashboards of vintage race cars. Its stunning colour combination qualifies it to be adorned on the wrist from day to night. It is sporty, classy, vintage, cool, all at the same time. Small seconds of the watch are represented on the sub dial at 9. Elapsed minutes at 12, elapsed hours at 6. Date is shown on an aperture at 3. A pure racer's watch, the timewalker has a tachymeter engraved on the fixed black ceramic bezel. The stainless steel watch can be fastened around the wrist with a comfortable black perforated rubber strap