Did you know that Steinway & Sons, the maker of expensive musical instruments, also has a division that makes watches? Me neither, but it didn’t stop them from introducing a limited-edition version of the Seconde Metronomique model that features a unique “metronome” seconds hand complication. Besides the flashy complication, the watch also sports an interesting stainless steel body, which is not only peculiarly shaped but is also quite thin thanks to a hand-wound caliber that powers the gadget.
At the SIHH 2011 industry event, Parmigiani Fleurier has refreshed its Tonda line with a dressy and elegant Tonda 1950 (ref. PFC267-1002400-HA1241). The timepiece was going to be presented in a perfectly balanced, flawlessly proportioned case and featured only the data that you need: hours, minutes and seconds (just to make sure that it didn’t stop all of a sudden.)
The 2010 Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds is inspired by Omega’s pocket timepieces from the 1930s. Presented at the SIHH 2010, it was issued as a limited edition of just 176 pieces: half of them in white gold and the other half in 18-karat rose gold. Equipped with a Unitas-based pocket watch caliber, the timekeeper boasts an extra-large body almost 50 whopping millimeters in diameter!
Offered by the German brand to the most discerning of their customers, the 2010 A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Luminous (ref. 115.028) model goes in the same direction as the “digital” Zeitwerk Luminous (Ref. 140.035). The Lange 1 Luminous belongs to a rare breed of dressy timekeepers that not only feature working luminous coating on main elements of the dial but also look almost as good as non-luminous models.
During the SIHH 2010 trade exhibition -an industry event that is limited to elite members of the industry-, a brand that only a few years ago was primarily known for their luxury writing instruments, but quickly ascended to the top ranks of local watchmakers- has introduced its new vintage-style Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 Vintage Chronographe (ref. 106167) mono-pusher. Featuring an exterior that was inspired by chronographs from the early 20th century, the chronograph is powered by a great hand-wound caliber and is limited to less than 120 numbered pieces.
The last year’s Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph is finally available in an 18-karat white gold case. Sold as reference 47192/000G-9504, the new model is designed for those who consider the rose gold variety a bit too blingy for a modern gentleman.
Presented to the public at the SIHH 2010 event, the hand-wound Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 38 mm (Ref. 82172/000G-9383) is a white gold version of the model presented last year. With its Spartan design and a nicely decorated hand-made mechanism, this refreshed timepiece still seems to be an accessory of choice for CEOs of transnational corporations.
Just like the rest of the competition, Vacheron Constantin is not shy of bringing updated versions of their well-known timepieces: when the design is great, there is no need to ditch it just because it’s old; all you need is make some tiny changes and customers will flock to buy a face-lifted version. The 2010 Patrimony Contemporaine Retrograde Day and Date in White Gold (ref. 86020/000G-9508) is one of those gentleman’s gadgets that have undergone some minor changes for the upcoming season. Presented at the SIHH 2010, it will set you back for more than $45k USD but is worth the price if you can afford one.
At the SIHH 2010, Jaeger-LeCoultre has introduced several collections designed for the most beautiful part of humankind. Among the new offerings, is an absolutely gorgeous (I know the word is rapidly losing its value, but the adjective seems to be the most appropriate in this particular instance) Master Lady Tourbillon Feathers that looks the most appealing thanks to its innovative dial design that includes, well, pieces of real feathers.
IWC has once again updated its gorgeous Portuguese Perpetual Calendar range extending the line with three extra models and two choices of metal. Besides an older version in platinum (Ref. IW502305,) you can now get it in red gold (Ref. IW502306) and white gold (Ref. IW502307,) too.