The Best Watches of 2016

Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH, the first of the two major annual Swiss watch fairs, just concluded in Geneva. Keeping that in mind, here is a preview of some of the leading watches of 2016, for all you watch lovers out there.




Montblanc Timewalker Exotourbillon Minute Chonograph Limited Edition 100



This monopusher chronograph with its signature TimeWalker aesthetics including large opening, minimalized bezel, distinctive contoured typography, lancet-shaped hands and skeletonized horns is for the first time being offered with the high performance Exotourbillon complication. The Exo in the name is derived from the Greek for external or outside and refers to the screw balance, which is positioned outside of the tourbillon’s rotating cage. The 44 mm, three-part case comes in a material mix of titanium, carbon fibre and DLC (Diamond Like Carbon). The micro-blasted titanium bezel is coated with a scratch-resistant black DLC, while the middle piece of the case is crafted from a unique structure of carbon fibre, which has an unusual horizontal striped pattern rather than the more common mesh motif. The mechanical movement has a power reserve of 50 hours.


Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar



This new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar celebrates the timeless allure of yellow gold by combining it with a classic complication. The ‘Grande Tapisserie’ decorated dials — a subtle pattern of three-dimensional squares — features the traditional displays of a perpetual calendar timepiece: day, month and date are displayed at 9, 12 and 3 o’clock. The leap year indication is at 12, astronomical moon at 6 o’clock, and the week of the year is displayed on the dial’s outer chapter ring. The new calibre 5134 is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. Minimum power reserve of 40 hour.


Parmigiani Tonda Metrographe



The new self-winding chronograph in the Metro collection that was first launched in 2014 is characterised by the accentuation of its minute and hour which forms a slated figure of 8. On the grained white dial version, these counters are grey and highlighted by a blue disc; on the black or Abyss blue dial versions, they are outlined with Super luminova material which highlights them in the daytime and makes them glow at night. Comes in a 40 mm steel case. Power reserve of 42 hours.


Roger Dubuis Excalibur Automatic Skeleton Carbon



When first presented at SIHH 2015, the Excalibur Automatic Skeleton became Roger Dubuis’ first non-tourbillon skeleton timepiece, powered by its first skeletonised automatic movement. The 42 mm case of the 2016 model clad in a high-tech composite known as carbon fibre sheet moulding compound (SMC). The skeleton dial features a red minute circle and gold hands. Equipped with an open worked version of the signature Roger Dubuis micro-rotor introduced in 2005. Power reserve of 60 hours.


Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 42mm



For the first time in the Radiomir 1940 collection, the dial of this new model is offered in white. Its graphic design maximises the dial’s clarity and legibility, with the large black figures corresponding to the hour markers and the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock. The 42 mm cushion case in stainless steel is only 10.93 mm thick. On the back is a round window with a sapphire crystal through which the automatic P.4000 movement can be seen.


Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Classic



This watch is part of the collection that celebrates the Reverso’s 85th birthday and features three models, Reverso Classic, Reverso Tribute and Reverso One. They come in three classic sizes, small, medium and large and with an automatic movement on a number of models. The subtly reworked lugs of the Reverso classic are slimmer and flow more smoothly over the wrist. The circular-grained motif on the carrier adds a subtle touch of refinement. The black and white front dial shared by all models in the Reverso Classic collection is subtly textured, with a guilloché centre and a vertical-brushed exterior.


Cartier Panthères et Colbiri



On the dial of this beautiful watch in a 42.75 mm, 18K white gold case, lies a panther resting with a hummingbird depicted alongside. The pressing of the windingcrown activates the mechanism of the power reserve, which in turn releases a baby panther from its mother’s paws, chasing after the golden-winged bird. In this new calibre 9915 MC movement, the time remaining until the watch needs rewinding is indicated by the breadth of the bird’s flight. The black diamond-studded background of the dial features a filigree of wild plants. The fully gem-set bezel adds a contrasting halo of light.


Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements



Two year after its first launch, this collection celebrates decorative arts from around the world with four new models. Ten master artisans have provided reinterpretations of Ottoman architecture, Chinese embroidery, Indian manuscripts and French lacework for this 37 mm watch in a choice of 18K white or pink gold case with a bezel set with 64 round-cut diamonds. The model `Indian manuscript’ is created from the alliance of Grand Feu champlevé enameling and hand engraving. The watches are equipped with a handen graved calibre ultra-thin 1003 in 18K gold movement.


Baume & Mercier Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar



Powered by a Swiss-made automatic movement, the Valjoux 7751 caliber, this classically styled watch offers two highly functional complications: a complete calendar and a chronograph. The perpetual calendar takes the form of a central-hand date, complemented by day and month displays in twin apertures at 12 o’ clock, along with a day/night indicator at 9 o’clock. The moon phase disk completes one rotation every 29 and a half days in the process displaying the current phase of the lunar cycle in a counter at 6 o’clock. Comes in a 43 mm steel case.

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