There were two major trands this year:
- high beat calibers with Zenith a 360,000VPH caliber and Tag heurer with a 3,600,000 VPH (and no its not a typo!) albeit it was a prototype
- new proprietary escapments
Laurent FerrierEven though Laurent Ferrier is a relative new comer (he presented his first watch just a year ago) he has been in the watch industry for close to 40 years. This year he is presenting an elegant and sophisticated automatic time only model with a direct double impulse escapement in silicium, ispired by an invetion by Breguet but never seen before in a wrist watch.
Urban JurgensenThe team at Urban Jurgensen with the help of François Mojon and Kari Voutilainen have managed what many watchmakers only dreamed about: a detent escapement in a wrist watch.
Aaron Becsei DignitasYoung Hungarian watchmaker Aaron Becsei is back with a lovely form watch with a fully inhouse and beautifully finished form movement. The Dignitas is available with guilloche dial or with a dial with a superb floral engraving which I find superb!
Gronefeld One Herz
Dutcg brothers and watchmakers extraordinaire have managed to creat a watch beating at the leisurly rate of one herz. A dead beat with the seconds hand (taking center stage advances every one second)
Hamiltion Pan Europ 1971Maybe not haute horlogerie but a very cool looking re-edition of a 1970s model
Harry Winston Opus 11
A watch of all superlatives, just the idea of deconstructing time and reconstructing it is a crazy idea and the cretive way it is done shows huge imagination...and talent. The Opus 11 is the brain child of Denis Giguet (the creator of MCT) and Eric Giroud for its design. Its very complicated to explain how this works so the best is his video explanation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWvhp4YL3Bc
Leroy Osmior ChronographA venerable yet dormant French brand is revived with new assembly facilities located in Besançon, a French reagion with a long watchmaking history. This new monopusher chronograph is extremely elegant and a perfect dress chrono, my only issue would be that it has a modular construction
scan courtesy of Foversta on Equation du temps
Romain Jerome Moon Invader (blue)A brand which until recently represented all I hated in the watch making industry especially that of taking its clients for fools but under the capable hands of Manel Emch (ex CEO of Jaquet Droz) has managed to come out with fun, funky and original pieces at rather affordable prices. RJ has made watchmaking fun! this model has a blue case!
scan courtesy of Z3 on ThePurists