Cleef & Arpels pioneers a wristwatch that shows the orbit of the solar system. Encircled with a rose-gold rim inlaid with baguette-cut diamonds, the aventurine dial represents stars in the infinite midnight sky. A rose-gold sun is surrounded by a serpentine Mercury, chloromelanite Venus, turquoise Earth, red jasper Mars, blue agate Jupiter, and sugilite Saturn. Each planet moves on its own disc according to its real-life rotation time. A small rose-gold star shape on the outer rim, symbolizing the “lucky star,” indicates the hours. The watch owner’s lucky day can be marked with a red arrow on the peripheral calendar display around the dial. 48-hour power reserve. 30-metre water resistance.
Showcasing several new techniques, the latest Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art collection draws inspiration from astrology. Twelve laser-engraved zodiac signs form a sky chart on the dial, with a hand-engraved Earth orbiting around the gold sun in the centre. A cut-out hand marks the hours, with a solid for the minutes. The mechanism requires only one correction in 8,000 years. Power reserve for 34 hours. Water resistance 30 metres
Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces the flying tourbillon, which allows for the 24 time zones around the world to be read simultaneously. Grey continents float over the surface of the blue dial, with major cities marked in red and blue around the outer dial rim. A Gyrolab balance-equipped tourbillon is displayed at five o’clock, with a non-circular structure that reduces air friction to ensure utmost accuracy. All settings are adjustable with only one crown. Power reserve 48 hours. Water resistance to 50 metres. Available in a limited series of 100 pieces.
Chanel’s jewelry watch collection, “Mademoiselle Privé,” showcases Gabrielle Chanel’s most cherished symbols. Inspired by Chanel’s 31 Rue Cambon in Paris, the finest master artisans open the door to the intimate world of Gabrielle Chanel with intricate skills of enamelling, engraving, and stone-setting. 18k white-gold case, full set case with 552 brilliant-cut diamonds. Dial set with 2.68 carat diamonds, black rhodium-plated white gold threads. Water resistance 30 metres. 42-hour power reserve. Limited and numbered edition of 5 pieces.
Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 harnesses the technological potential of carbotech: a composite material based on carbon fiber. Durable and functional, carbotech shows varying shades of black, making each watch unique. The dial has a coating of carbon nanotubes to absorb light and give the dial an intensely deep-black appearance. The movement can run for 50 years with no need for lubrication. The blue-coloured luminous substance ensures the watch’s excellent visibility and legibility. 72-hour power reserve. 100-metre water resistance. Unique edition of 50 pieces.
For SIHH 2017, Cartier’s iconic panther gets a fresh spin in flamed gold. Inspired by the method of bluing watch hands with flame, the technique involves colour change through heating, requiring masterful handling of intense heat and precise temperatures in order to produce a spectrum of colours: the hottest flame produces a shade of blue; the coolest, beige. The watch contains Cartier’s most remarkable movement, with complicated functions such as astrorégulateur, a minute repeater and flying tourbillon. Water-resistant to 30 metres. Limited edition of 30 individually numbered pieces.
Produced and Chinese Text by Rui Chen English Text by Kate Missine