The highlights from Hermès, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Richard Mille and Girard-Perregaux.
With a gargantuan backlit sphere by Japanese artist Hideki Yoshimoto greeting guests in its atrium, it’s clear that Hermès is set on taking us to infinity and beyond this year. It’s Arceau L’Heure de la Lune does this perfectly with a Double Moon Phase complication done with a characteristic Hermès twist: It’s Southern and Northern hemisphere moons are fixed on the dial. What rotates, instead, are the hours and minutes, and date sub dials that circle above the mother-of-pearl moons.
A new collection to Hermès’ horological stable is this stirrup-inspired watch by Ini Archibong. The American designer (who once did a teaching stint at NUS) wanted to create an emblematic timepiece that was instantaneously recognizable even from a distance.
If you loved last year’s bear faced Grrr! timepiece, then this follow up, featuring a motif from yet another scarf design by Alice Shirley, is for you. A wolf howls to the moon (hence the watch’s adorable name), beautifully depicted through miniature painting on an enamel dial.
The towering fir trees that studded Jaeger-LeCoultre’s space at the fair made for a magnificent sight. But it was inside the presentation room that the magic truly began, when the brand unveiled its star piece for the year. A new Hybris Mechanica whose name says it all: Featuring a micro Gyrotourbillon just 8.8mm in diameter and 0.4gms in weight, this masterpiece also features a Westminster Minute Repeater and Perpetual Calendar that can be adjusted in both directions.
Seven years since its introduction and the Rendez-Vous collection continues to be regularly updated with winning editions span everyday to red carpet designs. This year sees the watchmaker unveiling the Dazzling Rendez-Vous with a two-row diamond bezel. Available in the Day & Night and Moon Phase models, this stunner is available in both white and rose gold.
Also strengthening the collection are other Moon renditions.
Reverso fans will be happy to note that there are also new Reverso Tribute models to enjoy.
What do candy and Richard Mille have in common? Not much until this year, thanks to its new Bonbon collection. The second collection designed by Richard Mille’s Artistic Director, Cécile Guenat, these new Bonbon creations show a different (dare we say sweeter) side to a watchmaker famed for tough unconventionality and neon bright colours.
There are a total of 10 models (four Sweet and six Fruit designs) to choose from, with each adorned with either miniature sculpted candies or delicious colour swirls that recall their namesake inspirations. But make no mistake: These mouthwatering creations are a serious affair. Housed in the brand’s Carbon TPT and Quartz TPT cases, a host of métiers d’art have gone into their making to ensure that they result in realistic textures.
Limited to just 30 pieces each, these are watches that any self-respecting hypebeasts will want to get their hands on.
2019 sees Girard Perregaux looking to the celestial night sky for its new creations, explaining why blue was the overriding colour for its offerings. Leading the charge is the 47mm titanium Cosmos timepiece, with a celestial sphere studded with zodiac constellations in luminescent ceramic and laser engraved globe sphere.
An evolution of its Laureato collection, the edgy-looking Laureato Absolute presents three new models including this automatic WW.TC (which stands for world-wide time control; GP speak for a world-timer) timepiece.
Ladies have not been left out of the mix with additions to the brand’s emblematic Cat’s Eye collection. Clean, minimalist and modern, the watch bears a 3D flower that functions like a small seconds hand.