From every aspect, the mechanical watch is an obsolete instrument, yet we continue to have a love affair with it. It is, therefore, a passion that drives the industry and that is also clear when you look at the creations of many of the exhibitors at de SIHH. Because of that passion, they went above and beyond to create movements, complications, finishes and decorations that were not possible before, or continue a tradition that is often almost forgotten.
This passion becomes especially clear when you are looking at the creations of Bovet. The Tourbillon Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso IX not only combines some of the most exquisite complications but also stunningly unites them. It almost seems like this watch is sculpted and not crafted. The beautiful dial forms a backdrop to a double time zone, big date and flying tourbillon, while Bovet also was able to give the movement that makes this all possible a ten-day power reserve.
Parmigiani Fleurier is another brand that shares that same passion. With the Kalpagraphe Chronomètre Titanium, they add another sportive watch to their collection and the very first one in the Kalpa case. The brand paid a lot of attention to detail, which resulted in a rich and legible watch with a lot of character. While the watch by itself is rather large, the titanium keeps the weight down and also increases the technical look of the watch.
The Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon Enamel is nothing but a showcase of the capabilities of Jaeger-LeCoultre. It features a stunning petrol blue enamel dial, while the dial is perfectly balanced with the date in a subdial at twelve o’clock and the tourbillon placed at six. At the back, we find a beautiful gold rotor which is visible through the see-through caseback of this watch. This also allows you to admire the fine finish of the different components.
Passion also fuels the creativity at Urwerk. This becomes especially clear when you look at the UR-105 CT “Maverick.” As many of the brand’s watches do also this model feature the satellite disk time indication, but the case is now crafted from bronze, which gives it a completely new look. Urwerk also reworked the decorations giving this watch a distinct character of its own. The brand has also announced that this will be the last version of the UR-105 that they will launch, so we can expect a new model replacing it soon.