Stylish Seconds

Evan Rast reports on the timepieces that caught her eye at last month's Salon de la Haute Horlogerie

Rotonde de Cartier Double Mystery TourbillonA new year, a new set of watches to moon over. It seems that the exhausted Mayan calendar didn’t actually signal the end of time, but instead the beginning of a refreshing year for watchmaking, with a lot of engaging pieces from the Richemont stable. The 2013 SIHH, which was held at the end of January, was a stellar showing of new technologies, timekeeping innovations and very saleable, handsome aesthetics.

There was a noticeable focus on women as well, with usually male-centric Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and Piaget dedicating entire new collections to the ladies, and more brands presenting high jewellery models.

For this report I organise the men’s novelties in four top categories: mechanical achievements and innovations, traditional complications with a modern twist, stylish chronographs and tech materials. Let’s start with new and innovative movements first.


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