With the brand new year upon us, we’ll probably try bidding adieu to our old selves and welcoming new beginnings. Nothing screams “fresh start” better than a clean slate, a de-cluttered life and brand new state of mind, you reason. Maybe you’ll even want to dive right into the literal side of things, and practise your mantra with a solid, little memento. For a start, try these minimalist watches:
1. IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”
For its 150th anniversary this year, IWC Schaffhausen will be taking the covers off the full range of its 27-model Jubilee collection this month at the 28th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève (SIHH), featuring variations of its best-selling lines. Only five appetite-whetting models have been revealed, but the best one by far is the IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”. Limited to 250 pieces, the special edition honours Austrian watchmaker Josef Pallweber’s patented pocket watches from the 1880s with a patent pending jumping hours and minutes display and a sub-seconds dial. Visually, the watch takes cue from its 19th century predecessor, simplifying the original aesthetic with a glossy, white lacquered dial and minimised letterings. The commemorative model is driven by the all-new, in-house IWC 94200 calibre with a 60-hour power reserve.
2. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Tourbillon Concept
Instead of a flying tourbillon spinning solo on a watch that doesn’t even indicate the time, the H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Tourbillon Concept brings the best of both worlds together. Visually, the watch has been laid bare, except for its leaf-shaped hands and a one-minute flying tourbillon. Its design has been pared down to the bare minimum, without even a hint of a logo, but this beauty is anything but basic. Enlivening the watch is a stunning, blue fumé dial and its star – the flying tourbillon at six o’clock. Despite its simplistic aesthetic, the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept is driven by a complex, automatic movement. Its proprietary calibre HMC 804 features a double hairspring tourbillon, also manufactured in-house, and is equipped with a 3-day power reserve. Only 20 examples of the “concept” watch has been released.
3. A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”
With A. Lange & Söhne’s exclusive use of precious metals like gold or platinum for its cases, having an edition cased in stainless steel is truly a rare find. Seen here cased in stainless steel with a black enamelled solid silver dial, the one-of-a-kind 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” is set to debut at the upcoming 2018 SIHH, with plans for auction later this year at an undisclosed date. The watch features two seconds hands – one sweeps conventionally at the 6 o’clock sub-dial as most seconds hands in mechanical watches do, while the other flaunts a more complex, stoppable deadbeat seconds mechanism. Powering the watch is a brand new calibre L1924, named after Walter Lange’s birth year, featuring a shock-resistant screw balance and a proprietary balance spring with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour.
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