This beautiful Cloverleaf is a new member of Jaquet Droz’s colorful Petite Heure Minute collection. The watch was officially presented early last year at the annual Baselworld 2010 trade show, but you can still find this beautiful timekeeper at some boutiques.
Presented Roger Dubuis at the SIHH 2011 trade show reserved for the elite players of the industry, the limited-edition Excalibur Self-Winding with Micro-Rotor and Flying Tourbillon (Ref. EX45-520-20-00/0ER01/B) sports a dial layout that is ideologically similar to that of the gorgeous Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Ultra-Thin presented in Geneva during the same event.
For the year 2011, Audemars Piguet has updated its “modern classic” Jules Audemars line with a discreet Jules Audemars Small Seconds model in 18-karat white gold (Ref. 77238BC.OO.A002CR.01).
Presented at the SIHH 2011 in two choices of gold alloys, the new A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia Dual Time (refs. 385.026 & 385.032) is the first specimen in their dressy Saxonia range that happens to sport a GMT display. Not particularly interesting from the mechanical point, it is still a good example of how an experienced industrial designer can turn such a mundane thing as a secondary hour hand into a true work of art.
The hand-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin (refs. Q3202421 & Q3208121) has been updated for the year 2011 with three more cases and nine different combinations of materials!
A. Lange & Sohne keeps on monetizing its initial (and, something tells me, rather surprising even for the company’s top management) overwhelming success with the revolutionary design (and also gorgeous in terms of exterior and interior finish) Zeitwerk “digital” hand-wound watch. Featuring the same time representation mechanism, the new Zeitwerk Striking Time was just revealed at the SIHH 2011 industry event. The new iteration of the Zeitwerk adds a mesmerizing chiming mechanism to the original jumping hours and minutes complication.
Fighting for the market share, the watchmaker and jeweler Piaget has employed a new tactic. The brand has introduced a collection that, while sporting the same exterior styling and being powered by the same cal. 430P movement, will differ in sizes and is going to be offered in pairs: a larger for Him and a smaller for Her. Or vice-versa: you never know these days. Now, prepare to meet the new hand-wound Piaget Altiplano 38 mm (ref. G0A36129) & 34 mm (ref. G0A36128) with full pavé dials!
During the SIHH 2011 event, Richard Mille has presented its RM 030 model with a so-called “declutchable” rotor: a complication that, unlike a something as unnecessarily sophisticated as a tourbillon or a minute repeater, is not just nice to have but is actually quite useful for many reasons. Designed to slow-down the process of wearing-out of the self-winding mechanism, the declutchable rotor is what it is: a rotor that, colloquially speaking, disengages its “clutch” the same way an automatic gearbox declutches, um, automatically when you press on the brake pedal while stopping at a traffic light. In this particular instance, the winding system is physically disengaged from the winding barrel as soon as the estimated power reserve reaches the 50-hour mark.
The 2011 Richard Mille RM 029 Automatic Big Date offers RM’s signature tonneau case, an expertly skeletonized movement, and an oversized date module. Soon to be available in three versions of its mildly oversized body, the RM 029, as always, is going to be -ahem- reassuringly expensive and deliciously exclusive: just what we like, right?