Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Skeleton 1270S

SIHH 2015…ultra-thin…

Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Skeleton 1270S white gold - Perpetuelle

This year Piaget has once again put forth a strong lineup showcasing its overall watchmaking talents as well as its leadership in the ultra-thin category.  While its headliner for 2015 is probably the Altiplano Chronograph with new Cal 883P, the brand’s new Emperador Coussin Skeleton 1270S is my personal favorite — and of course a much more exclusive watch.  This watch is the world’s thinnest ultra-thin tourbillon automatic skeleton watch featuring a case measuring just 8.85 mm thick.  The ultra-thin (5.05 mm) automatic tourbillon Caliber 1270S — of course a descendant of the 1270P caliber which was/is Piaget’s first ultra-thin automatic tourbillon — was designed and developed specifically for the cushion-shaped case housing it.

I’ve got more details and lots of looks — including some great high-res detail shots, below.

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The New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver, Ref 15710ST

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Ref. 15710ST.OO.A002CA.02

Last week at SIHH, Audemars Piguet introduced an update to its Royal Oak Offshore Divers series.  Presented as the new reference 15710, these pieces will replace the original ROO Diver, the ref 15703, as I’ll explain further.  The new Ref 15710’s, in steel, follow the prior four version of the ROO Diver (Ref 15703 steel/black dial, forged carbon/yellow, black ceramic/orange, white ceramic/blue).  And though the black dial reference (15710ST.OO.A002CA.01) is essentially the updated version of the 15703, we see now for the first time the ROO Diver offered with a white dial (15710ST.OO.A002CA.02), both of course with AP’s signature “Méga Tapisserie-pattern.”

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Ref 15710ST

This said, the more important news is that the new 15710 is that it is fitted with a sapphire display back, as will all models from here forward.  Otherwise the watch remains unchanged — 42mm case, with the automatic mechanical AP caliber 3120.  And for you existing ROO Diver owners, sorry to say that you will NOT be able to “retrofit” to a sapphire display back as this is an entirely new reference number offered by AP.

These watches will list at $19,000.

Note that while AP states the dial is “silver-toned”, at most angles it looks quite white. 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver white dial Ref 15710ST by TheRealReal

Above Photo: by JSBG

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Be sure to catch up on all of our SIHH 2015 coverage, including our brand-by-brand new release list, right here>>>

The Updated Lange 1, Explained by A. Lange & Söhne (video)

SIHH 2015…

Redesigne Lange 1 with new caliber - Perpetuelle

The last bit of news coming out of SIHH 2015 that I wanted to cover regarding A. Lange & Söhne is the new Lange 1.  Having been the brand’s face since its presentation in 1994, the Lange 1 has now received an update that reflects the horological experience accrued during a period of more than 20 years.  Aside from the brand new caliber L121.1 (the 50th caliber in Lange’s portfolio of in-house movements), the remaining changes are subtle.  Largely unchanged as regards its iconic design, the second generation is endowed with a slightly narrower bezel and a new manually wound calibre.  Another upgrade is the instantaneous jumping outsize date which advances precisely at midnight.  Below is a concise run-down on the new Lange 1, by Lange’s Head of Research & Development, Tino Bobe.

The “remade” Lange 1, explained by A. Lange & Söhne’s Head of R&D

New A Lange and Sohne line 2015 - Perpetuelle

A look at the new Lange Cal 121.1 — its 50th in-house caliber

A. Lange Caliber Comparison L901 L121

A Lange Sohne Caliber L121.1 balance wheel

A Lange Caliber L121.1 - Perpetuelle

And you can check out my full introduction of the entire A. Lange 2015 collection, right here.