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Another year, another SIHH. The world’s most prestigious watch show has rolled around once again and, thankfully, isn’t the jaded experience of rehashed unimaginative timepieces. One of our favourite categories of luxury watches are chronographs, and the SIHH 2018 which began yesterday in Geneva hasn’t disappointed in the sheer breadth of watches debuted under this category. While we’re still breathlessly scanning through the novelties from nearly two dozen brands exhibiting at the SIHH, here are three that have caught our attention.
Lange & Sohne 1815 Chronograph in rose gold (pictured above)
The 1815 collection is one of the Saxonian brand’s core collections. It was the collection that Walter Lange used to resurrect the brand in 1994. The chronograph was introduced into the collection only in 2004, and Lange hasn’t stopped innovating with it since then. This year’s timepiece gets a stunning 18k pink gold case with options of a silver or black dial. The L951.5 manual-winding movement featuring a column-wheel and horizontal clutch chronograph that boasts of a 60-hour power reserve. Priced at $50,300, it doesn’t come cheap. But flip the watch over and take a look at the Datograph-level intricate movement visible through the caseback, and you’d realise that craftsmanship at this level doesn’t come cheap either.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox Limited Edition
The Polaris Memovox celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The anniversary edition unveiled at SIHH 2018 is limited to 1,000 pieces and the three-finish black dial and applied markers covered with faux vintage lume give it an old-school vibe. There’s nothing old school about the automatic 956 movement that controls the hours, minutes, seconds, date and alarm functions and which is specifically assembled in the brand’s complications workshop. You can dive with this watch up to a depth of 200 metres, though with a $12,600 timepiece, the deepest you’re likely to take this watch is the deep end of your bathtub.
Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition
Here’s proof that solid Swiss watchmaking and high-end chronographs needn’t require you to mortgage your home. At approximately $28,000, it’s a sensibly-priced watch. More importantly, it’s got some impressive mechanics under the dial. The Minerva manual-winding movement has a 55-hour power reserve. This monopusher chronograph differs from the previous monopushers in the 1858 collection in that the pusher is not integrated into the crown, but is rather found at 2 o’clock. At 40mm, it’s the smallest watch in the 1858 collection. It’s limited to just 100 pieces. Absolute bang for your buck.