Sixteen brands will showcase their 2014 novelties at SIHH 2014 in Geneva in the coming weeks. Happy new year it certainly is. Going by some of the pre-releases, we’re definitely excited to see what will take the limelight on January the 20th.

Manufactures such as A. Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, IWC, JLC, Panerai and Vacheron Constantin are amongst our favourites and unveil their new releases at the 24th edition of Salon International Haute Horlogerie. There is also Greubel Forsey, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis and Cartier to name a few more. SIHH’s focus has always been on fine watchmaking and is an invite only event. To get access, you need to have an invite and be registered by one of the exhibiting brands.

To give fans a taste of what will lie underneath the silky covers of the watch cases, some manufactures have pre-released some models. Let’s take a look at some of these:

A. Lange & Sohne
First up is the crowd favourite, A. Lange & Sohne who have released the Grand Lange 1 Moonphase. Sticking to the Lange 1 general design that elevated this manufacture to the upper echelons of watchmaking, this watch adds a unique and beautiful moonphase complication to the main subdial that is accurate for over 100 years. How did they do this? well the movement controls a very precise gear train that slowly but accurately tuns the moonphase dial.

The gold moonphase is made of gold with a special blue coating that we have been told really shines in a unique way. The details are so fine that you can see small laser cut stars on the disc itself. We think Lange made a great design decision to locate the moonphase in the middle of the subdial, it helps to remove the coldness of the dial that would have previously been empty. The movement is a 72 hour manual L095.3 movement and the watch will come in yellow and rose gold, plus platinum.

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The new Grand Lange 1 Moonphase

Cartier
In 2010, Cartier introduced the Calibre de Cartier. It was fairly well received and now they have taken it to another level and created a diver off the back of it. Still technically a dressy watch, the in-house Calibre de Cartier Diver will attract fans but also haters. Rated at 300m, the watch will come in stainless steel and rose gold. Rose gold may not be the best material case for a true diver, however we don’t imagine buyers of this watch will actually be doing much diving. The watch comes with a rubber dive strap and is 42mm in diameter and 11mm thick. This is actually quite an achievement as many dive watches are considerably thicker.

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IWC
IWC have released a whole new line of their Aquatimer family. Not too dissimilar from their current lineup, however IWC has introduced a couple new innovations. One of which is the “SafeDrive”system. Rather that having a crown-based system, the inner bezel is controlled by rotating the external bezel. What you get is the best of both worlds, the aesthetic appeal of an inner bezel with the ease of adjustment of an outer bezel. Genius. The Ocean 2000 is one that really appeals to us. It is inspired from the original 1982 version but with a 45mm case. It has a cool industrial look and is definitely much easier on the eyes compared to some of the more colourful older Aquatimers.

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A selection of the new Aquatimer family (Ocean 2000 in the middle)

 

Jaeger LeCoultre
Saving one of the best for last is the JLC Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 Chocolate Dial. Following from their extremely popular 1931 series, this one is a rose gold dress watch with a unique chocolate coloured dial. This iteration was inspired from an example found in JLC’s old archives. As with other Reverso limited editions, this one is paired to a Casa Fagliano strap. A classic, timeless dress watch with that vintage appeal. Thumbs up.

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Our favourite, the JLC Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Chocolate Dial