If there’s one watch that still haunts the collective dreams of the watch lover community since SIHH 2017 it’s the Swiss Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar. In ceramic. In the 40-ish years since the Royal Oak's conception, Gerald Genta’s avant-garde masterpiece has seen it all. Cases made of steel, gold, platinum, and forged carbon, married to nearly every type of complication under the sun in haute horology – but never in full ceramic, both case and bracelet.
Swiss Montblanc unveiled a whole host of new watches this year, and even enlisted the help of Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman to help them do so – it’s just the sort of thing that happens at SIHH.
Among the new timepieces is the luxury Swiss brand’s new TimeWalker collection, which has been revamped for 2017. According to the folk at Montblanc, these new additions to the brand’s much-loved family of swiss sports watches have been winning a lot of attention, and it’s easy to see why.
The Blancpain Villeret Annual Calendar GMT Watch was a Baselworld 2016 novelty, and when it was introduced at the show it generated a lot of interest thanks to the combination of its case material (steel), its user-friendliness (considerable), and its delivery of bang for the buck (lots, at least, in relative terms). I finally managed to get my hands on one and spent a few days with it, to find out whether or not the initial positive impression stands up to longer exposure.
Swiss Longines launched today its new Conquest V.H.P. (Very High Precision) collection which includes three-hand and chronograph models, all of them equipped with new-generation high-precision quartz movements developed by the ETA manufacturing company exclusively for Longines.
The Swiss Designer Watches Online new collection was presented at the Neuchâtel Observatory, where the first quartz clock with absolute precision developed by the brand was certified in 1954.
New to the 2016 Senna collection is the addition of a 3-hand quartz watch. And it’s a true partner watch to the Chronograph, with a matching 43mm case, “Legends” bracelet and black and red colour scheme.
Dial & Bezel
The 2016 Senna Edition features a black dial with red detailing- the “Formula 1” text on the dial and the 15, 30 and 45 minute markers joining the 60 minute triangle on the inner minuterie flange. Of course, there is also the red Senna logo, this time appearing at the 9 o’clock position rather than 3 o’clock as on the chrono.