SIHH 2018: The Most Impressive Watches On Day 4
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A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split
Want your fix of high complications? Head right towards A. Lange & Söhne and you won’t be disappointed, and true to form, astound it did. The Glashütte brand this year unveiled the Triple Split, a watch that takes the split-seconds chronograph to the next level with its ability to perform multi-hour comparative time measurements—a first in the watchmaking world. Now let’s break that down for you.
Basically, the split-seconds chronograph, or “Rattrapante,” can measure two separate intervals of a concurrent time measurement via two seconds hands when the chronograph is engaged. It may take one a while to grasp this concept so seeing it in action would be recommended—that is if you manage to get a hold of one.
The Triple Split, which comes in white gold, will come in only 100 pieces and at a very attractive price considered its limited run and level of complication.
Parmigiani Kalpa Chronor
Parmigiani has hailed 2018 the year of the Kalpa, as the iconic barrel-shaped watch celebrates 20 years. And because Michel Parmigiani thought that simply engraving “20 years” unto the case was not enough to mark a milestone for the first movement he’s created, he decided to create a solid gold, manufacture chronograph movement.
Now, to be able to produce a chronograph movement entirely in-house is itself a great accomplishment, but to do so using such a malleable metal like gold is another story altogether. Only 50 pieces—all of which are numbered—will be produced, making it a great addition to your collection of truly rare timepieces.
IWC Tribute to Pallweber 150 Years
As IWC celebrates its 150th year in watchmaking, its entire roster of novelties this year—all 28 references—were to be limited edition Jubilee anniversary pieces. Of the spread, however, we had our eye on one: the IWC Tribute to Pallweber.
At first glance, you wouldn't think it was an IWC watch. A departure from the brand’s traditionally sporty and rather conspicuous style, this piece is decidedly discreet. Inspired by the historic Pallweber pocket watches of the 1880s that showed the hours and minutes in large numerals on rotating discs—a technical accomplishment at the time—the IWC Tribute to Pallweber 150 Years is just beautiful to wear.
It comes in stainless steel, red gold and platinum and is limited to 500, 250 and 25 pieces respectively. We feel rather lucky having had the chance to wear the watches for a few minutes, as based on the overwhelming response to the watch, it’s highly unlikely we’ll get the chance to see another one in the flesh.
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