New launches at SIHH Geneva 2013

Independent Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet launches at SIHH 2013 Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph, a watch  a equipped with complications and clothed in a case inspired by that of a 1920s cushion-shaped pocket-watch belonging to its private museum. The result is the Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph, produced in two 10-piece limited editions: one in pink and white gold, and the other in titanium and white gold. The first version, featuring a pink gold case middle topped by a white gold bezel, associated with an anthracite dial, pink gold hands and hour-markers, lends the model an original and timeless charm. The other version with its titanium case middle and white gold bezel offers the wearer the best possible auditory experience when the minute repeater is in operation. Details

IWC Schaffhausen (owned by Richemont Group) launches at SIHH 2013 Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon a highly complex constant-force mechanism integrated in a tourbillon, developed over 10 years. The striking black tourbillon bridge is calibrated to facilitate reading off the seconds and, like the black screws, underscores the dial’s high-tech look. As a captivating contrast to this we see the delicate, gold-coloured Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance with its high-precision adjustment cam on the balance arms. The tourbillon revolves around its own axis once every 60 seconds to offset the influence of gravity on any positional error in the balance and its adverse effect on the rate. Details

IWC Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon, SIHH 2013

In collaboration with tennis champion Rafael Nadal, independent watchmaker Richard Mille launches at SIHH 2013 the Tourbillon RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal watch. The new model has a baseplate attached to the case by four braided steel cables just 0.35 mm in diameter. This structure combines strength and flexibility to protect the movement, which weighs just 3.5 grammes, thanks to the use of grade 5 titanium for the baseplate and tourbillon carriage, and of aluminium-lithium for the barrel bridges and gear-trains. These cables are held taut by means of an ingenious mechanism of tensioners (located at 3 and 9 o’clock) and pulleys, which act like pylons positioned at the four corners of the movement. Details

Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie SIHH 2013 takes places in Geneva 21-25 January 2013

Audemars Piguet, Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph 47 mm, SIHH 2013