We’re all about luxury accessories here at The Vivant, but in terms of jaw-dropping price-tags, nothing compares to a truly top-of-the-line timepiece.
There’s no better place to snoop the most lavishly designed (and outrageously expensive) new watches on the market than at SIHH—the “Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie”— where top manufacturers showcase their most elegant new wares to a crowd of millionaire collectors and watch-voyeurs alike in the capital of watchmaking Geneva, Switzerland.
Even if you don’t have $160,000 to shell out on a new IWC, you’ll want to feast your eyes the 10 coolest timepieces set to hit the shelves this year.
A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Up & Down: With a juicy 72-hour power reserve, the sophisticated "Up & Down" offers serious bang for your (not inconsiderable) buck at $27,400. We also love the 18 karat gold casing and nostalgically designed cream-colored face.
Baume & Mercier Clifton: Based on a model from their 1950's archives, Baume & Mercier's elegant new "Clifton" series—which will debut in April—features a double-bevel design that creates a slim, sporty impression. Slated to retail around $2,700, this statement-making timepiece will be available in steel or rose gold, and features an alligator strap or stainless steel bracelet.
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Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Jubilee: To commemorate its 180th birthday, Jaeger created three limited-edition timepieces, including this sleek Master Ultra Thin Jubilee, which takes inspiration from the company's 1907 "Knife" pocket watch. At just 4mm, the Ultra Thin is slim indeed, but even more enticing is the navy blue Alligator strap.
Montblanc Star Meisterstuck: Montblanc's new Star collection is loaded with luxurious details. This rose gold edition—which comes complete with a heavy-duty alligator strap and will be priced around $17,000—features a moon phase dial as well as a month and date display.
Montblanc Nautique: Of course, if $17,000 sounded steep, you might want to sit down for the new Montblanc Nautique, which—at a whopping $160,000—is among the priciest of the SIHH 2013 offerings. If you're wondering what all that cash will get you, check out the internal power section, which offers the wearer ten extra hours of power on top of the 55-hour battery reserve.
Panerai Pocketwatch Tourbillion GMT Ceramica: Pocket watches may summon visions of dapper Victorian gents, but this new iteration from Panerai is anything but old-school, with a 59mm Radiomir ceramic case and a tourbillion-regulated movement that can compensate for "running errors due to gravity."
Richard Mille RM 36 Jean Todt G-Force: Richard Mille personally designed the Todt G-Force—which will retail for a shocking $490,000—for FIA president, Jean Todt. Unsurprisingly, it boasts car racing perks like the ability to track g-force, and can even indicate when your need for speed pulls you over the 8 G mark.
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Van Cleef & Arpels Dragon Feu: Maybe it's a tad on the flashy side, but we have to admit, the new Dragon Feu, which features a hand-carved dragon made from gold mother of pearl and will retail for $141,0000, is sure to make an exotic statement.
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IWC Ingenieur Collection:
It may have been around since the mid '50s, but IWC is kicking its Ingenieur collection into high gear. This sleek, stainless steel Ingenieur Automatic is as subtle as it is sophisticated, with a soft iron inner case that protects against magnetic interference to the movement.
IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic: Another new addition to the IWC Ingenieur family, the all-ceramic Black Series takes inspiration from the signature ceramic disc brakes found in an AMG automobile.