Richard Mille, Cartier, Ferdinand Berthoud, and Piaget exhibit a mastery of elements in engineering that speaks for diversity and innovation in the world of haute horlogerie.
Believe it or not, we’ve already passed the halfway mark of SIHH 2018 week.
If you, like us, have been gushing over all the mint mechanical wonders to grace Geneva, these pieces from Day 3 are sure to win you over. Here are SIHH 2018 entries from Richard Mille, Cartier, Ferdinand Berthoud, and Piaget.
Richard Mille RM 07-01 In Gem-Set Black Ceramic
As the name suggests, a lightly-grainy, black ceramic case uniquely set with diamonds defines this gorgeous Richard Mille. The red gold case has a smooth finish, revealing the titanium CRMA2 caliber, and matching a Onyx and red gold dial. The diamond crown may be a little garish, but the overall sporty chic appeal makes this a sure hit with the ladies. Word is it will be available in fall for a sweet $170,000.
Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept
Meet the world's thinnest hand-wound watch. At a mere 2mm, the open-worked case offers a visual depth one would not expect from a piece this flat. Aesthetics aside, we appreciate the engineering ingenuity of Piaget's worm-gear system. It uses the caseback and planes where the dial would usually be as plates and bridges in place of a movement. It's a pity we'll probably never hold or wear it, though, as Piaget's latest remains a concept for now.
Cartier Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat In Stainless Steel And Yellow Gold
We first saw this model last the last SIHH, but this year, Cartier is amping up the appeal of this vintage-inspired piece with two new case options: stainless steel and yellow gold. With a cushion-shaped case that's light on the wrist, this watch measures a lean 6.6mm. A combination of polished curved bezel and lugs with vertically-brushed case gives it just the right amount of shine to complement the sunburst-finished dial. 36-hour power reserve on Cartier Caliber 430 MC and a classic design aficionados can't resist will go for $15,400 this fall.
Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB-1R.6-1
The novelty of this regulator-type display paired with resistant carburised stainless steel case compels a closer look. An update by all definitions, this piece sports an edgy black, satin-brushed, and rhodium-plated nickel silver dial organised rather interestingly. Look closer for the 18-carat white gold open-worked minutes hand coated in blue CVD, or the FB-T.FC.R chain-and-fusee tourbillon calibre visible through sapphire case-back. Only 20 pieces of these meticulously-created wonders exist.
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Stay tuned for more updates and highlights on SIHH 2018 all this week. For more information, visit the official SIHH website here.
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