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
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).
Model: Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee
Price : £11,900
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
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
Stockist: 020-7730 1234 (Richard Mille boutique at Harrods)
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
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
Model: Calibre de Cartier Chronograph
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)
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)
Stockist: 020-7730 1234 (A Lange & Söhne at Harrods)
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.
Model: TimeWalker Voyager UTC (109137)
Price : £2,600 (approx)
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.
Model: Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month
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.