Our eyes are instinctively fixed on the runways as prominent designers enter the limelight during fashion week. However, we must not discredit our humble wrist companions. To quench the curiosity of the watch-loving crowd, the recent SIHH’2019 shed some much needed light on timepieces ripe for the picking this year. Whether you’re a budding watch enthusiast or a veteran in the game, here is a teaser of 2019’s horology.
Montblanc elevates its dressy Star Legacy timepieces with subtle yet profound touches. Turning a shade darker, the Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph flaunts a new anthracite dial that perfectly complements the esoteric Rieussec-style of rotating chronograph counters; the stately slate even brings out the lush guilloche on the dial. A pair of stainless steel Automatic Date and Full Calendar models replace the usual Arabic numerals with black Roman ones, adding classical sophistication to their already handsome appearance.
Originally outfitted in neutral khaki, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Combat” becomes an easy target for affection with new conspicuous camouflage. The 44mm self-winding chronograph comes in blue and green ceramic models with stainless steel case, and debuts a brown ceramic model with pink gold case. The bezel, pushers and crown are made of coloured ceramic to match the Méga-Tapisserie chequerboard dial, while a robust rubber strap in corresponding camouflage completes the chromatic look.
Franck Muller sparks an unconventional relation by making bedfellows of its sporty Vanguard collection and iconoclastic Crazy Hours complication. Set within the strong curves of a Vanguard case, the maverick watchmaker’s signature jumping hour mechanism is given new life through the Vanguard’s distinctive pop-coloured numerals arranged in disorder, offering an even more audacious way of reading the time.