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SIHH Review – The Watch Club

We maybe no watch experts, but we surely have some strong views on them. In a bid to project our opinion, the LuxuryFacts team spells out its favourite timepieces from the recently concluded SIHH

We maybe no watch experts, but we surely have some strong views on them. In a bid to project OUR opinion for a change, the LuxuryFacts team spells out its favourite timepieces from the recently-concluded SIHH

Soumya Jain (Chief Editor & CEO) – The Capeland Watch by Baume & Mercier
My understanding of luxury has always been slightly old world. It’s natural that it should reflect in my choice of watch as well. Tucked in the middle of a sea of modern-looking complex watches, this Baume & Mercier timepiece arrested my eyes. Bought back from the past, the Capeland watch has been re-done for 2011. The vintage looking watch is simple with a brown leather strap and the ‘railroad’ kind font of numerals. The steel case is old-style, while the one with rose gold looks more contemporary. The watch is driven by a La-Joux-Perret made automatic chronograph that has a flyback function. This watch looks like it has been handed down generations…maybe, that’s exactly the point!

Kannan Ashar (Sales & Marketing Consultant, Mumbai) – Reverso by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Jaeger LeCoultre will forever be famous for the Reverso, their all-star, art deco inspired creation. I really like this watch because the brand, keeping in mind the classic element of the watch even after 80 years, created the new Grande Reverso Ultra Thin. The watch focuses more on extreme simplicity. This new watch expresses the true essence of the Reverso personality, that is, a blend of tradition and a subtle amount of elegance and style put together.

Karishma Parkash (Features Writer, Mumbai) – Reverso by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Always a favorite, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been an eye-catcher from the start. A quick look at the Reverso entices as well as intrigues. A watch to match many personalities, it makes my pick from the entire bunch because of its dynamic nature and its bold contours. Not to forget the urge that it creates to just want to grab it and put it on that wrist! Classy and simple, I’d say a safe and definite winner for any occasion!

Geetanjali Harnal (Sales & Marketing Consultant, Delhi) – Poetic Complications Five Weeks in a Balloon by Van Cleef & Arpels
I like the Five Weeks in a Balloon watch because of its quirky yet fun design. The fact that it has been inspired by a story – Jules Verne’s novel Les Voyages Extraordinaires – makes it even more relevant. I adore the simple strap and the vibrant yellow balloon in the centre. It sure is an eye-catcher. Soothing to the eye, the multiple elements blend superbly in the watch.

Suneet Pahwa (Features Contributor) – The Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Merite” by A. Lange & Söhne
A clear distinction among hour’s hand, minute hand and seconds hand gives precision and unique style of noticing time. But what attracts me the most is the feature mentioned on the home-page of the official website: “To reveal as much of the amazingly filigreed tourbillon as possible, the hour dial segment from eight to ten o’clock was omitted. Punctually at 6 am and 6 pm, a specially developed pivoting dial segment snaps forward to close the gap with the numerals VIII to X, and precisely at noon and midnight, it retracts again to expose the tourbillon. This assures an unambiguous reading of time in the periods from 6 am to noon and from 6 pm to midnight.”

Salman Z Bukhari (Features Contributor) – Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days by IWC Schaffhausen
There is nothing more enchanting and intriguing than a watch which is elegant and sans any complexities. It’s almost like the wearer is a confident person who does not need to attract attention to his wrist and is content having a functional, robust and minimalist instrument. IWC’s Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days is a delight. Its simplicity and finesse makes it versatile enough to be worn from the most formal meeting to a weekend soirée. The design speaks for its self, no mumbo-jumbo, no excess or frills, just pure time and timelessness.

Neha Khanna (Contributor, Paris) – Rotonde de Cartier Astrorégulateur by Cartier
I ain’t no timepiece connoisseur, but I really marvel at the Rotonde de Cartier Astrorégulateur, for it looks futuristic and at the same time, whispers an unassuming elegance. The challenge taken up to defy the force of gravity, which is the soul of this watch, is an avant-garde tribute to nature itself! Whatever the brand does, it devotes itself to the craft of it. I read up more on the mechanism of this watch and I believe that the precision and sophistication of this horological instrument truly grows on you. Given that I’m fundamentally a designer, the construction of the watch, the colour palette and the larger than life roman numerals have very high appeal. To me, it’s a perfect balance of design and technique, an objet d’art with an emotive dimension.