The year’s watch re­leases be­gin this month with SIHH in Geneva. Here is a pre­view of some of the ex­cit­ing mas­ter­pieces lux­ury brands will be de­liv­er­ing

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As the 2019 edi­tion of SIHH takes place in Geneva this month, en­joy our pre­view of some of the ex­cit­ing new time­pieces due out this year from the lead­ing lux­ury watch brands

Cartier Skele­ton Dual Time Zone Ton­neau Watch

When the Cartier Ton­neau watch first ap­peared in 1906, it chal­lenged the no­tion of the round pocket watch with its unique oval shape. Now the Ton­neau model de­fies con­ven­tion yet again with the Skele­ton Dual Time Zone Ton­neau Watch, which el­e­vates the time­piece to a de­signer ob­ject with its eye-catch­ing skele­tonised move­ment. The watch is also a tech­ni­cal mas­ter­piece, em­ploy­ing two sep­a­rate mech­a­nisms for the home time and se­cond time zone, and ad­just­ing the move­ment shape and gear train align­ment to pre­serve the case’s orig­i­nal curved shape. The watches are avail­able in lim­ited, num­bered edi­tions: 100 in pink gold and plat­inum, and only 20 in plat­inum set with baguette-cut di­a­monds.

Vacheron Con­stantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Re­peater Tour­bil­lon Sky Chart

Dur­ing the En­light­en­ment, ex­pert watch­mak­ers prac­tised their craft in work­shops perched on top of Geneva’s build­ings. These work­shops were known as cab­i­nets, and it’s from them that her­itage brand Vacheron Con­stantin’s Les Cabinotiers de­part­ment takes its name. Its lat­est mas­ter­piece ex­em­pli­fies the hun­dreds of years of crafts­man­ship for which the brand is known. A minute re­peater, tour­bil­lon and a sky chart are com­bined in a sin­gle watch, which fea­tures a stun­ning white­gold case and a black dial rimmed with di­a­monds. Pow­er­ing these func­tions is a move­ment de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for the Les Cabinotiers col­lec­tion.

Roger Dubuis Ex­cal­ibur Hu­racàn Per­for­mante

The re­sult of the lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween mav­er­ick Swiss watch­maker Roger Dubuis and Lam­borgh­ini’s Squadra Corse mo­tor­sport divi­sion is the sporty-sleek Ex­cal­ibur Hu­racàn Per­for­mante. Tak­ing its cue from the epony­mous mar­que, the watch is in­spired by mo­tor rac­ing de­sign, from its aes­thetic right down to its in­ner work­ings. The hexag­o­nal shape ev­i­dent in the su­per­car’s de­sign is present in the open­work dial, while the RD630 move­ment with 12° in­clined bal­ance wheel harks back to Lam­borgh­ini’s famed aes­thet­ics. This is the per­fect watch for am­bi­tious in­di­vid­u­als who treat each day as a new op­por­tu­nity to push their lim­its and take on chal­leng­ing goals.

Mont­blanc TimeWalker Man­u­fac­ture Chrono­graph

There’s noth­ing that evokes the spirit of mo­tor rac­ing quite like the Mont­blanc TimeWalker col­lec­tion. Cre­ated in the brand’s Min­erva man­u­fac­ture in Villeret, known for high-qual­ity pieces that mea­sure brief in­ter­vals of time with great pre­ci­sion, the TimeWalker boasts both her­itage and tech­ni­cal mas­tery. The chrono­graph’s “panda” and “re­verse panda” di­als, so named for their black and white coun­ters and back­grounds, be­came mo­tor rac­ing icons in the 1960s and ’70s. This year, Mont­blanc hon­ours the col­lec­tion’s his­tory by re­veal­ing two new “re­verse panda” TimeWalker Chrono­graphs in 41mm and 43mm, which fea­ture, re­spec­tively, satin-fin­ished lugs for a smooth line and a semi-skele­tonised look.

Her­mès Cape Cod Chaîne d’an­cre

The Cape Cod’s his­tory is all about ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. Its orig­i­nal de­sign was a bold “square in a rec­tan­gle” con­cept sketched by artis­tic di­rec­tor Henri d’Origny in 1991. The dou­ble tour strap was added in 1998, fol­lowed by stone, lac­quer and colour­ful leather di­als in 2016, and a matte-black di­a­mond-like car­bon case in 2017. This year sees the watch rein­ter­pret­ing the iconic an­chor chain mo­tif cre­ated in 1938, ren­der­ing it in black spinels, white mother-of-pearl, and aven­turine or di­a­monds against a black or white lac­quered dial. The re­sult is a watch that’s both dar­ing and fem­i­nine.

Pi­aget Alti­plano Tour­bil­lon 41mm

Pi­aget has his­tor­i­cally oc­cu­pied a unique niche for its com­bi­na­tion of equally ex­quis­ite watch­mak­ing and jew­ellery ex­per­tise. The brand puts its gem-set­ting skill on dis­play with the Alti­plano Tour­bil­lon 41mm, a vi­sion of pink gold, blue me­te­orite and di­a­monds that evokes the dream­like beauty of outer space. Twenty-three bril­liant di­a­monds en­cir­cle the blue me­te­orite dial, which fea­tures the dis­tinc­tive Wid­manstät­ten pat­terns typ­i­cal of iron me­te­orites. A true love let­ter to the galaxy right on your wrist. The Alti­plano Tour­bil­lon 41mm will be lim­ited to 28 pieces.

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