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New Design for A. Lange Saxonia Models In 2015
by Kyle Stults on December 09, 2014
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Redesigned A Lange Saxonia Models 2015

At SIHH in January 2015, A. Lange & Söhne will present three Saxonia models with new design features intended to further enhance their intrinsic gracefulness.  Most intriguing to me is the size change on the base Saxonia — what do you think of a 35mm case size?  Yup, that’s where the new base Saxonia is measuring in at.  We’ll get into that in a moment.  But for now suffice it to say that Lange’s the base Saxonia, Saxonia Automatic, and Saxonia Dual Time are all receiving changes, which I will break down below.

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Introducing the 2015 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar with Meteorite Stone Dial
by Kyle Stults on December 08, 2014
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First look…SIHH 2015…

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar with meteorite stone dials

In an indication of what is to come from Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2015, here is a preview of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar with meteorite dial.  This is one of several calendar and astronomical themed timepieces we will see from JLC in 2015.   The Master Calendar retains its triple calendar dial layout with three apertures and a date pointer, but now with a dial made from a thinly sliced and finished piece of iron meteorite.   The meteorite dial gives the Master Calendar a very attractive look, imbuing it with a certain richness and organic look.   Though not common, these are not the first meteorite dial watches (Antoine Preziouso stands out in my mind as the watchmaker who introduced me to the use of meteorites in watches many years ago).  Jaeger-LeCoultre notes that the meteorite used for the dial was discovered in Sweden, after making its extraterrestrial voyage from the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars — more on how these dials achieved their distinctive appearance below.

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Introducing the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette
by Adam Soshnick on December 05, 2014
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SIHH 2015 preview…

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Parmigiani Fleurier 1950 Tonda Squelette Models

Here’s a first look at one of Parmigiani Fleurier’s new pieces coming next year, the Tonda 1950 Squelette (skeleton).  The timepiece reveals the intricate mechanism of the brand’s extra-thin (7.8mm) and iconic model, and is available for both men and women, both 39mm.   While the Tonda 1950 line typically adheres to a classic dress aesthetic (simple dials, 2- or 3-hands, little if any lume, etc.), the skeleton dial (somewhat reminiscent of Piaget’s superb Altiplano 1200S skeleton watch) is where Parmigiani has ventured outside traditionalism’s cozy comfort zone to give this piece its real definition.

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Piaget Altiplano Chronograph with Ultra-Thin Caliber 883P
by Kyle Stults on December 04, 2014
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SIHH 2015 first look…

Piaget Altiplano chronograph ultra-thin watch

So simple, yet so impressive — this is what I love about Piaget.  Look at this new beauty from the King of Thin watchmaking.  Last year it was the world’s thinnest mechanical watch (the jaw-dropping Piaget 900P), and this year — actually 2015 at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (or ‘SIHH’ as it is known to us non-French speakers) — Piaget will unveil this new ultra-thin hand-wound chronograph in its iconic Altiplano collection.

And what a watch it is.   A real beauty and a fine demonstration of Piaget’s mechanical watchmaking prowess.   Not only is this a beautifully designed ultra-thin watch (4.65mm caliber, 8.24mm case), but it is also the first time that the Altiplano collection will feature a complication other than time and date.   Seriously!  I suspect this may surprise some of you — even I had to do a double check to see that until now, the only “complications” (features) to grace the Altiplano collection aside from hours and minutes have been small seconds and a date window.  The new Altiplano Chronograph has a manual-wind flyback chronograph (now the world’s thinnest watch in this category) and, interestingly, a dual-time indicator on the 9 o’clock subdial.

So let’s take a closer look, shall we?

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