SIHH 2014 has just concluded and in this round-up we will cover all the highlights from the show - including Panerai’s new vintage looking chronographs, A. Lange & Söhne’s mega “Terraluna” watch and Van Cleef & Arpels' romantic Complication Poetique Midnight Planetarium. We also examine why we should rethink Chinese made watches and find out why our Editor-in-Chief Ariel does not have a favorite watch.
1. Panerai Radiomir 1940 Limited Edition Chronographs
Every year at SIHH, Panerai releases a couple of limited edition watches and this year was no different. For 2014, Panerai introduced three new Radiomir chronograph watches using the 1940 Radiomir case. The highlight, however, is its retro-style dial and underneath it, the Panerai OP XXV caliber which is in fact based on Minerva 13-22 movement. I must admit that I was slightly taken aback when I first saw these watches, but I’m gradually warming up to them now.
2. Why There Is No Best Watch And How I Don’t Have A Favorite Timepiece
Many are perplexed and puzzled when we say that there is no one best watch brand and that, no, we do not have a favorite timepiece. Asking us to pick a favorite watch, one that we would gladly wear for the rest of our lives, is like asking which leg we would rather lose. There’s simply no answer. If you still have trouble understanding this concept, perhaps it is best that you read Ariel’s recent commentary.
3. Van Cleef & Arpels Complication Poetique Midnight Planetarium Watch Hands-On
SIHH is over and one of my favorite pieces from the show is the Van Cleef & Arpel Complication Poetique Midnight Planetarium watch. It is a mouthful, but it is also a lot of watch, featuring a visually interesting planetarium complication and a perpetual calendar. Admittedly, it is not the most technically advanced watch and neither is it very legible, but the Complication Poetique Midnight Planetarium is proof that when it comes to watches, sometimes it is just the emotions that they evoke that counts.
4. A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar “Terraluna” Watch Hands-On
After last year’s Grand Complication, everyone was expecting something special from A. Lange & Söhne, and the German manufacture did not disappoint. The star watch this year is undoubtedly the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar “Terraluna”, which features a very unique orbital moon phase display that doubles up as a day/night indicator and can even be used to tell time in other countries.
5. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 42mm Watches New For 2014 Hands-On
Fans of the Royal Oak Offshore can rejoice for this year Audemars Piguet unveiled no less than six new versions of this iconic sports chronograph - two in rose gold and four in stainless steel. The new models feature many enhancements such as ceramic pushers and crowns and something that fans have long cried out for, a sapphire display back. See more of them here.
6. Top 10 Watches At SIHH 2014
As a showcase of the Richemont group’s watch brands as well as others such as Audemars Piguet and Greubel Forsey, SIHH sees a mind-boggling number of new watch releases. Understandably, it can be difficult and tedious to keep up with all of the new watches. So for your convenience, here’s what we think are the top 10 most interesting watches at the show.