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Choice Timing

The team at David M. Robinson give us a run down of the stand out timepieces from this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie

Words by Miles KENNEY

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TAG Heuer releases their new Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph for 2019

TAG Heuer unveiled its newest innovation – a hairspring made of a carbon composite which has been invented, patented and produced by the avant-garde Swiss watchmaker.

Bridging the gap between traditional watch-making craftsmanship and state-of-the-industry innovation, the Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph is fitted with a tourbillon feature which is amongst the most impressive complications a watch collector can own. 

The most difficult part of a movement to produce because of the direct impact its minute tolerances has on the overall precision of a timepiece, this hairspring has been created by a team of TAG Heuer mathematicians, physicists and chemists. TAG Heuer is the exclusive manufacturer of these hairsprings, which are designed and produced in its in-house laboratory in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

IW387901_Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire

IWC Schaffhausen presents a new Spitfire line to add to their Pilot’s watches collection

Celebrating the unique engineering expertise of the designers of this legendary British fighter aircraft, this latest launch is inspired by the puristic instrument design of the Mark II. An iconic navigation watch, the Mark II was produced in Schaffhausen for the Royal Air Force from 1948 and worn by many serving pilots and navigators
of the time.

This launch sees all Spitfire models released with IWC-manufactured calibres, along with their unprecedented robust and reliable movements. Also, for the first time, IWC integrates a chrono-graph movement from the 69000 calibre family into a Pilot’s watch. 

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire (ref. IW387901) is the stand out piece from the Spitfire line. With an integrated chronograph movement from the 69000 calibre family, IWC have also reduced the case diameter to 41mm, whilst the pawl-winding system, which winds up on both sides, boasts an impressive power reserve of 46 hours

2019 sees the release of Panerai’s latest concepts, remaining faithful to the brand’s DNA

For many years, Panerai watches were produced exclusively for the Italian Navy. Panerai starts the year off strong as it launches a new partnership with Luna Rossa, the Challenger of Record team for the 36th edition of the America’s Cup. To celebrate this partnership, Panerai launches a new collection, the Submers-ible Luna Rossa (ref PAM01039).

The new timepieces will play an integral role in the event, worn on the wrists of the Luna Rossa Sailing Team members, as the first stage of the America’s Cup World Series kicks off in Sardinia.

Another exciting timepiece released at SIHH this year is inspired by French freediving champion Guillaume Nery, the Submersible Chrono Guill-aume Néry Edition. This striking 47mm watch (ref. PAM00982) is noted for its blue accents. Water resistant to 300 meters with a unidirectional rotating bezel and luminous white markers, it is designed with professional divers in mind.

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