As the sixth new model in this revamped Overseas collection, the Overseas World Time arrives with a dial somewhat familiar to those who know the firm’s Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time from 2011, though this new Overseas edition is made strictly with a steel case and features three color options and specially made map with an unusual “Lambert” world projection in its center. Vacheron Constantin this week adds a fresh-faced World Time watch to the much-lauded SIHH 2016 re-launch of its Overseas collection.
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It has been noticed that German high watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne produces only “a few thousand” timepieces per year, in gold or platinum, and as CEO Willem Schmid told us in 2013, “the ordering process at the SIHH is not always easy; retailers want 100 pieces, and we can give them only 1.“
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the IWC Pilot’s Watch as well as the line’s revamping for SIHH 2016, and the brand seems intent on tapping into its quite illustrious history. And the new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch is not getting any major redesign, however there are several aesthetic changes that general work well and succeed in tapping into said history. Also, you’ve got the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph, which has some design changes of its own being made to “freshen” up the look by, somewhat ironically, looking to the past for visual cues.
At the IWC watches booth at SIHH 2016, the theme will be all about pilot watches with two of the flagship limited edition models being the new IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage 55 and the related IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage 48. Each of these watches is directly inspired by the 55mm-wide IWC Big Pilot’s Watch the company produced in 1940 for military purposes.
In 2013, Baume & Mercier launched its Clifton collection of men’s watches, and has been adding models to it in subsequent years. The latest Baume & Mercier Clifton, debuting at SIHH in January, is the collection’s most complicated watch to date, combining two functions found in previous models, a chronograph and complete calendar.