my favorite non VC watches from SIHH 2011

The VC WorldTime was THE star of the SIHH 2011, everyone (retailers, press...) was talking about it, there were four times more orders than production capacities!!!!! There my be some waiting lists for this one as well...

In any event the SIHH is not only about VC, there were some very interesting pieces and some of my favorites were from brands I hadn't even looked at in the past 10 years. So here are some of my favorites (all were not exhibiting at SIHH but in hotels around) in alphabetical order:

Audemars Piguet Millenary:
I'm biaised towards the Millenary case, I find it to be original and so well proportioned. This new version with visible top plates is extremely modern and looks amazingly cool with the ruthenium coating.

scan courtesy of Paul Boutros:
my favorite non VC watches from SIHH 2011

Baume et Mercier: Capeland Chronograph
A brand I hadn't looked at for almost 10 years, this new Capeland chrono is inspired by a vintage piece made in the 40s

my favorite non VC watches from SIHH 2011

De Bethune DB 28
WOW WOW WOW! I have always had immense respect for DeBethunes technical expertise but vnever saw a watch I would actually liked to wear as I din't like their cases. The DB 28 is sust stunning from every angle and it is on my 2011 wish list my favorite non VC watches from SIHH 2011

my favorite non VC watches from SIHH 2011

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon Technique
GF make some of the most interesting tourbillons in the worl but at close to $350k retail for most of their watches only few mortals can afford them. The Tourbillon rechnique with its 3 dimensional movement construction and superbe finish and no details overlooked philosophy is probably one of the most interesting watches currently available.

my favorite non VC watches from SIHH 2011

MB&F: Horological Machine 2 SV
I love what the folks at MB&F do, they are probably the most creative brand, but their creativity and audacity is not gimmicky but truly horologically inspired. Here is the last version of the HM2 which has the top of the case replaced by a saphire section enabling one to admire the amazing details of the movement and its superb finish.

my favorite non VC watches from SIHH 2011

Roger Dubuis La Monegasque Chronograph
Like Baume & Mercier I had stiopped fining Dubuis watches interesting, for the past years they were loud and inelegant in my opinion but this year with the launching of the Monegasque (which is nothing other than a reinterpretation of the brand's iconic Sympathie models) I say hat's off because this collection is spectacular. 

my favorite non VC watches from SIHH 2011
Re: my favorite non VC watches from SIHH 2011
01/31/2011 - 12:53
Did you like any of JLC and ALS new launches this year?
Any URWERK novelty Alex? (nt)
01/31/2011 - 13:51
The 110 Torpedo... love the case and
01/31/2011 - 14:50

time indication but find the overall look too "brut". Still haven't made up my mind on it

nothing that would push me to break my piggy bank even though I found
01/31/2011 - 14:57
the extra flat Reverso quite nice.
Re: nothing that would push me to break my piggy bank even though I found
02/01/2011 - 10:13
Mostly agree!
01/31/2011 - 13:56

Alex -- I'm with you on the AP (a real surprise for me, and the photos don't do it justice), the MB&F, the G-F, and the DeBethune.  Among the other major manufactures, I also really liked the JLC Duometre moon phase with the black face (which shifted color depending on the angle, perhaps due to the AR on the crystal). Don't hate me, but among the VCs I liked the QdI day date with the solid face (sorry), loved the lips (hooray!  But better with a form movement) and thought the Geneva Boutique QP was a classic (but the date arrow needs to be bigger to be visible).  Not the world timer for me -- but that's why they have chocolate and vanilla, right? Best, Gary

Wrist shots...
01/31/2011 - 14:36
Forgot to attach to the prior message... Best, GaryG
Re: Wrist shots...
01/31/2011 - 18:20
that De Bethune DB 28 looks pretty good on the wrist
I also found it quite comfortable on the wrist
02/01/2011 - 09:50

The "reticulated" lugs (is that really a word?  DeBethune thinks so...) really helped this to hug the wrist.  And the "men in black" look of the features on the "dial" was very appealing to me. Best, Gary

Re: my favorite non VC watches from SIHH 2011
01/31/2011 - 16:07
My tastes are modern but not too modern. For me, B&M is nice, but it's just too classic. MB&F is too "a l'avant-garde" for me to want to wear. The rest of them, however, really hit the spot... The AP Millenary is my personal favorite. It actually made me scream out obscenities (in the good sense) when I saw the pictures for the first time a little while ago. Maybe it's a good thing that I don't go to these shows... security would throw me out because of my loud and foul language every time I see some really beautiful :) Tien
looks like VC set off a trend there with QdI two years ago...
01/31/2011 - 17:08
and most brands have been following down the same road except, and unfortunately, VC has just taken a step backwards with the introduction of solid dial QdIs
Poke, poke...
01/31/2011 - 18:22
Atta boy, Radek .  Lets keep on 'em and they might fix it for next year.
Vintage Revival Continues for 2011
01/31/2011 - 18:15
The trend for vintage-inspired and thin watches was very evident at SIHH and these were my favorites: JLC Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to 1931 GP 1966 Small Seconds AP Jules Audemars Extra-Thin Van Cleef & Arpels Poetic Complications Montblanc Vintage Pulsographe Chronograph  (also the B&M Capeland Chrono Alex mentions) and on the wild side, Richard Mille RM 017 Tourbillon Extra-Flat
Out of your choice Alex ...
02/01/2011 - 12:01
mine would be the AP Millenary 4101. Finally an "affordable" cool "3D" movement QdL: I am with Radek in one point. The solid backs are a step backward and to me it works only for one of them ... Maybe that´s only us WIS (or just me?!) and the market will love it. Who knows ... Time will tell Like Gary mentioned, it is all about Vanilla & Chocolate
Disappointed by some of the bigger brands...
02/01/2011 - 22:56
...but agree about the Dubuis Monagesque, Baume and Mercier chrono and the De Bethune. Also like where JeanRichard are heading. Whisper it, but I liked the Panerai bronze thing too, though too big for me. What has happened to Parmigiani??
Re: my favorite non VC watches from SIHH 2011
02/04/2011 - 20:45
That Baume et Mercier Capeland Chronograph is gonna have to be inspected in the flesh! I think it looks great... I never liked a de betune til that one - it looks very cool indeed. G