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Following the SIHH Geneva Watch Fair, style director Adrian Clark previews the game-changing timepieces set for release this year

Watchmaker: Ralph Lauren

Model: Sporting Collection RL67 Chronometer

Price: £2,150

Stockist: ralphlaurenwatches.com

Released: April


From the new rugged, safari-inspired sporting collection, this self-winding COSC-certified chronometer mechanical movement watch has a 45mm case, power reserve of 42 hours and is water resistant to 10 bar (100m).

Watchmaker: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Model: Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee

Price : £11,900

Stockist: jaeger-lecoultre.com

Released: September

Functions: In extra-white platinum and with its knife-shaped case, this design was inspired by the pocket watch launched by Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1907 – the thinnest manually wound mechanical pocket watch in its category. It stands at 4.05mm thick and breaks the record for the flattest manually winding mechanical wristwatch in existence.

Watchmaker : Parmigiani Fleurier

Model: Pershing 005 CBF

Price: £19,300

Stockist: parmigiani.ch

Released: Out this month

Functions: Produced in collaboration with the Brazilian Football Confederation, this 45mm, PF334 movement limited-edition watch features a uni-directional bezel, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, delta-shaped hands with luminous coating and engraved case back with the CBF (Confederação Brasileira de Futebol) logo.

Watchmaker: Richard Mille

Model: RM 11-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Roberto Mancini

Price: £89,000

Stockist: 020-7730 1234 (Richard Mille boutique at Harrods)

Released: July

Functions: Richard Mille chose to collaborate with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini on the creation of this flyback chrono. Its operation may appear simple, but in reality it is unique: the first wristwatch to calculate stoppage- time, extra-time, half-time and therefore remaining minutes.

Watchmaker: Audemars Piguet

Model: Royal Oak Offshore Diver

Price: £15,720

Stockist : audemarspiguet.com

Released: July (approx)

Functions : The first Royal Oak Offshore Diver with a ceramic case, middle and bezel (ceramic being seven-times harder than steel). It takes about 12 hours to create the ceramic case middle, compared with just 90 minutes if made from steel. Its dedicated water-resistance system enables both crowns to be

handled underwater.

Watchmaker: Cartier

Model: Calibre de Cartier Chronograph

Price: £7,650

Stockist: cartier.co.uk

Released: April

Functions : Housing legendary jeweller Cartier’s first in-house chronograph movement (the calibre 1904-CH MC), this handsome steel watch makes

a feature of the distinctive contrasting combination of satin-brushed and polished-metal finishes. The look is elegant and the power reserve is 48 hours.

Watchmaker: Officine Panerai

Model: Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio (PAM00526)

Price: £11,960 (approx)

Stockist; 020-7312 6894

Released: September (approx)

Functions : This chronograph is fitted with the Regatta countdown function: specifically created for yacht racing starts. With a push-button at four o’clock, automatic movement and exceptional three-day power reserve, it is also one of Panerai’s sportiest-looking designs to date.

Watchmaker: Baume & Mercier

Model: Clifton MOA 10059 (red gold and alligator)

Price: £4,400

Stockist: thewatchgallery.co.uk

Released: 1 March (pre-order available now)

Functions: Driven by an automatic mechanical movement (which is visible from the sapphire crystal case back), this 39mm case watch with anthracite colour face has a water resistance of 50m and a 42-hour power reserve.

Watchmaker: A Lange & Söhne

Model: 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar (platinum)

Price: £149,000

Stockist: 020-7730 1234 (A Lange & Söhne at Harrods)

Released: Autumn

Functions: Features the time indicated in hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds, as well as a rattrapante (split seconds) chronograph with minute counter, and a perpetual calendar with date, day of week, month, moon phase and leap year.

Watchmaker: Montblanc

Model: TimeWalker Voyager UTC (109137)

Price : £2,600 (approx)

Stockist: montblanc.com

Released: September

Functions: This classical yet contemporary watch is inspired by the styling of the existing TimeWalker Chrono Voyager UTC Chronograph. The broad flange around the dial bears the 24-hour scale for a freely selectable second timezone. It also boasts a 42-hour power reserve.

Watchmaker: IWC

Model: Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month

Price: £34,900

Stockist: 020-7730 1234 (IWC boutique at Harrods)

Released: Late May

Functions: IWC shifts its focus from aeronautics to automation this year with a collection of watches inspired by motor racing. Featuring a Calibre 89802 movement, this chronograph is cased in a super-light titanium aluminide material, and maximises efficiency by emulating the hybrid boost button used in Formula 1.



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