My colleague Robin has covered his top five from SIHH 2015. Today I present my top five with a couple of familiar pieces also making my list.
These are no particular order but represent the pieces that caught my eye.
1) DeBethune DB28 Grand Sport
When I first saw this watch, I liked it immediately. It has many features that make it recognisable as a DeBethune such as the floating lugs, the overall shape of the case and those stunning flamed blue hands. It is the first DeBethune to feature a rubber strap and this gives it a sporty feel. After all the watch is called the GrandSport. Since the GrandSport is water resistance to a 100 metres, it can worn for leisure activities which involve lots of water. A nice change of direction from DeBethune.
More Details on the DeBethune DB28 Grand Sport can be found here.
2) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Two Tone
This watch has a very retro looking feel to it. The stainless steel and rose gold combination works very nicely with the white tapestry dial. I am a fan of gold cased watches with leather straps, but not so much the full Gold case and bracelet combo. The Royal Oak Two Tone has received a nice update without the “loud” factor while still remaining very classic looking with a touch of flair.
More details on the Two Tone Royal Oak can be found here.
3) A Lange & Sohne Lange 1
The Lange 1 is a classic in my opinion. The dial layout and the date based on the Five Minute clock in the Sepmer Opera House in Dresden work beautifully to give the watch a great elegance. This year the Lange 1 has received some minor cosmetic changes in the form a slimmer bezel and has a brand new Caliber the L121.1. This features an inhouse manufactured balance system and an instantaneous date function which means the date changes precisely at midnight. I have been thinking long and hard about getting a Lange 1 in white gold, now I am having a change of heart.
More details on the Lange 1 can be found here.
4) Vacheron Constantin Harmony Collection: Harmony Dual Time
Like Robin, I think Vacheron Constantin got it spot on with their Harmony Collection. The shape of the case, the hands and the dials look amazing and not to mention their fabulously decorated inhouse movements. I am a sucker for a good chronograph but I was particularly drawn to the Harmony Dual Time. I like the how the 2nd timezone and the day/night indicator have lovely blue steeled hands to differentiate themselves from the main hands in gold. The pink gold version looks stunning.
More details on the Harmony Dual Time can be found here.
5) The A Lange and Sohne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater
Minute repeaters are one of my favourite horological complications. I find it fascinating how they were created so that the owner could “hear” the time on demand at night, since electricity had not been invented yet. The new Zeitwerk Minute Repeater combines the digital display of time with a decimal repeater. The new movement is amazing and I found it particularly interesting if you activate the repeater while the time for instance is changing from 12:45 to 12:46, the minute disc will not change until the repeater has finished. Great innovation from Lange.
More details on the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater can be found here.
I hope you have enjoyed my Top 5 from SIHH 2015.