SIHH 2019: Top Watches Of Day 1Written by Melissa Kong
Our daily round-up of favourites from SIHH 2019!
The first day of SIHH 2019 got off to a great start for us! Thoroughly impressed by the A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Date, for sure.
Commemorating its 10th year, the Zeitwerk returns with a new, deceptively simple date complication. The date ring that frames the dial comes with numbers that magically – and instantaneously – switch to red at midnight.
Already technically awesome with a perpetual calendar, the movement boasts a smart engine that can transition between a high-frequency ‘active’ mode of 5Hz and a low-frequency ‘rest’ mode of 1.2Hz. This shift between modes is made possible by a patent-pending ‘Twin Beat’ system with two balances that draw energy from one mainspring barrel, can affect the well of power reserve from four to 65-days.
The former, inspired by its namesake, French free-diving champion Guillaume Néry, is a sexy 47mm dive watch with flyback chronograph. Interestingly, it is part of Panerai's Submersible collection, launched for the first time as a standalone series. The watch employs pushers the left of the case so as not to interfere with the brand's iconic crown guard on the right. For the first time, this dive ticker features a uni-directional rotating bezel with an applied blue ceramic disc that offers a nice pop of colour to contrast its otherwise muted hues
Cartier's Santos-Dumont, on the other hand, leverages on the ever-growing popularity of the Santos collection.
Modelled after the impeccable style of Santos-Dumont himself, the watch keeps very close to the original version from 1904. The differences are subtle - the new Santos-Dumont comes with the option of a smaller case and features a beaded crown with a blue cabochon. The pared-down aesthetics continue with slimmer Roman numerals on the dial. Interestingly, Cartier has chosen to fit the collection with a quartz movement, albeit a high efficiency one that will last approximately six years.
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".