Some of the world’s most prestigious watch brands just showed us their novelties in Geneva. We picked the five that really made us say WOW!
Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days
Panerai took a leap into the future with this LAB-ID model. The case is innovative enough, made from thin layers of carbon pressed together with an organic polymer, but it is the movement that really elevates this watch to the next level. Packed with innovations Panerai was able to extend the interval between services is to 50(!) years, which they also guarantee. Although it looks like a prototype, 50 of them will be available for some very lucky customers!
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
Audemars Piguet celebrated the 20th anniversary of the chronograph version of the famed Royal Oak. Still housed in its signature octagonal case with integrated bracelet, the brand celebrated by introducing a few new varieties. Especially this model with its blue and gray dial made quite an impact on us!
Hublot Big Bang Unico Perpetual Calendar Sapphire
Innovation is key at Hublot and that’s why we were so excited to see a sapphire version of their perpetual calendar. Thanks to its translucent case you can truly admire the complexity of the movement from every angle. That being said, the case itself is also highly complicated to make, only mastered by very few manufacture.
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillion Automate
Ladies were delighted by Van Cleef & Arpels, who introduced the Lady Arpels Papillion Automate. This watch not only tells time, but also has a butterfly on the dial that flutters with its wings several times an hour, or on demand by pressing the button on the left side of the case. Its movements are very natural, and its wings are made from translucent enamel, to make them even more enchanting!
Drive de Cartier Moon Phases
Cartier made quite an impression with the new versions of the Drive de Cartier, especially the Moon Phases. Adding this complication gives the watch a more classic edge. However, this Drive de Cartier is not just about looks. Fitted with a new manufacture caliber, its moon phase is in fact astronomic. This means that it only needs to be adjusted once every 125 years!