The highlights from Panerai, Piaget, A. Lange & Söhne, Vacheron Constantin and Cartier
We kick start the day at Panerai, where the focus is on its Submersible collection and on doing things differently. On the table are unique and extreme experiences that any adrenaline junkie will jump at. Case in point: The limited edition (of just 15 pieces) Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Editions that come with a chance to plunge headlong into the ocean depths of Mo’orea, French Polynesia, with free diving world champion and brand ambassador, Guillaume Néry.
Then, there’s this limited edition of just 19 pieces that sees you journeying to Earth’s most extreme landscapes with eco-adventurer Mike Horn – in a quest to discover the importance of preserving the environment. But this watch goes beyond the call of duty to deliver the message: Its case, crown protecting device, bezel and caseback are made of Eco-Titanium, while three recycled plastic bottles have gone into the making of its straps.
Or perhaps a two-day training stint with COMSUBIN (the Commandos of the Italian Navy) is more up your alley. This limited edition of 33 pieces (a tip of the military hat to the number of gold medals that COMSUBIN has earned for Military Valour) will see as just many lucky people having to chance to live our their Commando dreams.
Fans of Panerai’s 38mm Luminor Due range released last year will be happy to know that the Italian watchmakers will be releasing new models later this year. And based on the colours shown here, I think they’re ones that women can definitely get onboard with.
Over at Piaget, it seems the message is: There’s no such thing as too much diamonds, with several beloved collections getting a blinged up makeover – much like this Polo S with a full diamond pavé dial.
Making all the right statements, but in very different ways, are these two glam queens from the Possession collection. Taking its place alongside last year’s Possession cuff watch is yet another bold design with a Milanese bracelet this time round. The other beauty bears a total of 621 diamonds (11.17 carats worth) on its white gold frame just so it can catch the light at every turn.
Throwing the spotlight on its mastery over hand-engraved gold, Piaget returns with a new Extremely Lady that sports sensuous snake scales that completely mask the joints of its fluid strap; resulting in a beguiling seamless look. Previous editions included frost, wood and fur patterns rendered in rose and white gold.
And who could leave out the brand’s accoladed Altiplano collection, famed for its record-breaking thinness? This year sees Piaget dressing up its emblematic collection with meteorite dials. Four limited edition references are available: A gilded design of 50 pieces, slate grey and blue versions of 300 pieces each, and a Flying Tourbillon (just 4.6mm thin) of just 28 pieces.
It’s a numbers game at the German Manufacture with two anniversaries to be celebrated this year. Its esteemed Lange 1 (one of four watches that Walter Lange and partner Günter Blümlein unveiled on 24 October 1994 at the brand’s relaunch) turns 25 this year with the Lange 1 “25th Anniversary”. Ten limited edition models will be introduced consecutively (on the 24th of each month) throughout the year until October.
Also celebrating its anniversary is the Zeitwerk, which turns 10 this year with a new function that sees it becoming it the brand’s first mechanical digital watch with a date. A glass date display runs along its flange and a ring beneath it colours the date in red for a quick, easy read.
Also not to be missed from the lineup are the Langematik Perpetual, now in honey gold (a gold alloy exclusive to the brand), and the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds, now in white gold with a sleek black dial.
A sea of blue await at Vacheron Constantin with several models in its FiftySix and Overseas collections sporting dials in the mesmerizing hue. Here, we see a Tourbillon being introduced into its Overseas collection for the first time.
The brand’s Patrimony collection is not exempt from the blue rule with existing models taking on the shade for a brand new look.
There’s also a plethora of metiers d’art dials to be found in its animal inspired Les Cabinotiers Mécaniques Sauvages collection, which sees the brand making a foray into wood marquetry as shown on the Wild Panda timepieces here.
Always one to spoil with choice, Cartier rolled out a fleet of Santos de Cartier’s that saw it being pushed to two extremes with a sporty new chronograph being introduced and a smaller, more streamlined version making for an elegant dress watch.
The Maison’s description for its new Panthères say everything: Mini Watch, Maxi Jewellery. Cartier has glammed the desirability of its small models with full diamond versions and supple statement cuffs being introduced into its ranks.
The Baignoire watch returns to the spotlight with new renditions that see its beloved oval being stretched right across a woman’s wrist and reworked with a prominent Clous de Paris pattern (show here) for a distinct look that begs to be touched.
And of course, let’s not forget the trove of jewellery watches that Cartier is famed for. From the avant garde Libre collection, to the new Révélation d’une Panthère with a shower of diamonds replacing its golden beads, the brand returned with more iterations of its animal muse, the panther.