Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht Sets Sail at Watches & Wonders Miami

Watches & Wonders Miami takes place concurrently with the Miami Yacht Show, so what better place for Ulysse Nardin —whose historical connection to the sea and maritime navigation few brands can match — to launch its latest high-horology nautical masterpiece, the Marine Mega Yacht? Here’s what we learned about this luxurious platinum-cased timepiece, limited to just 30 pieces.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht - front

Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht

The Marine Mega Yacht is a follow-up to 2016’s Grand Deck Tourbillon, but whereas that groundbreaking timepiece channeled the look of classical wooden sailboats, this one is influenced by the more sleek, high-tech look of contemporary luxury yachts. The teakwood pattern of the earlier watch’s dial here gives way to a combination of white gold and blue grand feu enamel, with the bow of a luxury vessel depicted emerging from misty, foaming ocean waves. As it did for the Grand Deck, Ulysse Nardin teamed up with inventive complications guru Christophe Claret to develop and build the Mega Yacht. Among its technical talking points are a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, which rotates once every 60 seconds, whose specially designed propellor blades resemble those used on luxury vessels. Continue reading

HYT H0 “Time is Precious” Offers a New Type of Liquid-Crystal Time Display

HYT continues to expand the horizons of what’s possible with its unique micro-fluidic time displays, introducing this year at SIHH a new model in its H0 collection that combines the technical innovation of its proprietary colored-liquid-filled tubes with the aesthetic boldness of a kaleidoscopic marquetry dial.

HYT H0 Time Is Precious - front

HYT H0 Time Is Precious

Playfully dubbed the H0 Time is Precious, the watch stands apart from its brethren in HYT’s “hydromechanical horology” lineup with its immediately eye-catching dial, made of monocrystalline silicon that has been meticulously laser-cut to achieve an avant-garde marquetry effect that HYT compares to “three-dimensional cubism.” Each dial is comprised of 63 mirrored facets, each lightly tilted at an angle, in a shattered-glass design that creates different lighting effects with the movement of the wearer’s wrist. As per HYT tradition, the hours are displayed by the interplay of two immiscible fluids — one red, one transparent — inside a borosilicate glass capillary tube that corresponds with an outer scale with gray numerals, while the minutes are on a single-handed subdial at 12 o’clock, here made of sapphire with gray numerals and a hand coated with white Super-LumiNova. Four differently sized apertures on the dial reveal the power reserve display (at 9 o’clock), the running seconds (between 3 and 4 o’clock), and the two multi-layered bellows (above 6 o’clock) that pump the liquid through the capillary tubes in tune with the movement’s oscillations. Continue reading

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Huracán Features a New Lamborghini-Inspired Engine

Roger Dubuis has entered another year of its high-profile partnerships with Italian automaker Lamborghini; its racing team, Lamborghini Squadra Corse; and its official tire provider, Pirelli — and a distinctive horological-automotive design synergy once again dominated the Swiss watchmaker’s new offerings at SIHH 2019. Notable among these are two new models in its recently introduced Excalibur Huracán collection, both equipped with an all-new in-house movement and one outfitted with a special Pirelli-branded rubber strap. Continue reading

Full Moon Fever: Hermès Arceau L’Heure de la Lune

To many, its name still conjures up handbags more than horology, but when La Montre Hermès introduces a new timepiece complication, it usually does so in a big and distinctively stylish way. In its second year exhibiting at the SIHH watch salon, the company impressed us once again with its new take on the classical moon-phase watch, the Arceau L’Heure de la Lune.

Hermes Arceau L'heure de la Lune - Aventurine - front

Hermes Arceau L’Heure de la Lune with aventurine dial

The watch’s 43-mm white gold case frames a dial of either gray meteorite of starry, blue aventurine, both inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and houses an all-new movement, Hermès Caliber H1837, outfitted with a proprietary, patent-pending module that drives its unusual timekeeping and moon-phase display. Here’s how it works: the time and date are displayed separately on two satellite subdials, which float above two mother-of-pearl moons, one each for the northern and southern hemispheres. The southern lunar view is on the top of the dial at 12 o’clock, the northern view on the bottom at 6 o’clock, an unusual arrangement that allows the satellite subdials — in black on the meteorite dial, white on the aventurine — to rotate clockwise, covering and uncovering both lunar disks in tune with the actual phases of the moon, completing a sweep around the dial every 59 days. The mastermind behind this cosmic complication is Jean-Francois Mojon, who has worked with a host of brands, including MB&F and Harry Winston. Continue reading

Sands of Time: IWC’s Ceramic-Cased “Movaje Desert” Edition Headlines New Pilot Top Gun Collection

As we revealed back in December, IWC is shining the spotlight on its Pilots’ collection at this year’s SIHH — specifically on a trio of sub-brands within the historical, high-flying family, the Spitfire, Top Gun, and Exupéry/Le Petit Prince. Today, we look at new offerings within the Top Gun series, which has been positioned this year as the proving ground for innovative new high-tech case materials.

IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition "Mojave Desert" - reclining

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert” pays tribute to the U.S. Navy’s largest land base. Continue reading

Silver Anniversary: A. Lange & Söhne Launches Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” Edition

Time flies — one should pardon the obvious pun — when you’re witnessing horological history in the making. In 2019, it will have been 25 years since the postwar resurrection of A. Lange & Söhne, Germany’s most prestigious luxury watchmaker, and the launch of the watch that has defined its modern era, the now-iconic Lange 1. As one would come to expect in this day and age of watch-world anniversary mania, the company will be celebrating this milestone in style at SIHH 2019, kicking off in Geneva on January 14, with the release of the limited-edition Lange 1 25th Anniversary Edition. Continue reading