Digest Watches & Wonders 2020: Piaget Record, Portuguese, New Pasha

Digest Watches & Wonders 2020: Piaget Record, Portuguese, New Pasha
Digest Watches & Wonders 2020: Piaget Record, Portuguese, New Pasha

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Record of the day

Presented in 2018, the ultra-thin concept watch with a height of only 2 mm has been launched into series production. Record performance has been achieved thanks to the special arrangement of 167 hand-wound caliber parts, in which the case back serves as a platinum at the same time to hold its components. The cobalt alloy of the 41 mm case is 2.3 times harder than gold. Thus, the engineers tried to protect the 900P-UC movement from impacts as much as possible, but now it is separated from the wrist by a cobalt plate only 0.12 mm thick. Altiplano Ultimate Concept is so difficult to assemble that "mass production" is limited to three copies per year. But the watch can be personalized by choosing the color of the bridges, the finish of the hands and platinum, as well as the strap.

Altiplano Ultimate Concept, Piaget
Altiplano Ultimate Concept, Piaget

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Icon of the day

Another Cartier icon comes to the fore - the famous Pasha model in a perfectly round case (not so often found in the assortment of the house). There is a legend, however, not supported by anything, that the first Pasha were created back in 1933 by order of the Pasha of Marrakesh. But documented history suggests that the first watch dates back to 1985, when it was intended to fill the sports model niche. In 2020, Pasha returns in new sizes: 41 mm (with date) and 35 mm in steel, yellow and rose gold cases. At the same time, the original composition "square in a circle" on the dial and Arabic numerals-indexes, as well as the screw-down crown on a chain, have been preserved. A new detail is revealed underneath: a polished plate on which initials can be engraved.Another bonus is the quick-change strap system and smart links SmartLink, which allow you to adjust the length of the bracelet.

Pasha de Cartier, Cartier
Pasha de Cartier, Cartier

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Women's Day Watch

We say Reverso - we mean Jaeger-LeCoultre. The iconic model with a rectangular pivoting case has become one of the recognizable icons of all time and still serves as the standard of classic watch design. Reverso will celebrate its 90th anniversary next year. New for 2020 - Reverso One Red-Wine in the spirit of Art Deco. The design is inspired by the very first Reverso from 1931. The dial is covered with a guilloche "sunbeams" (the motif is repeated on the reverse side of the steel case) and several layers of varnish in a rich wine-red hue. It is echoed by the palette of the alligator leather strap.

Reverso One, Jaeger-LeCoultre
Reverso One, Jaeger-LeCoultre

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Collection of the day

One of the most beloved and recognizable collections of IWC owes its name to the Portuguese partners of the watch company, who in the 1930s placed an order for the manufacture of wristwatches that were not inferior in accuracy to marine chronometers. The first Portuguese were based on the 74 caliber hunting pocket models, and the dials were inspired by the IWC navigation instruments for the British Royal Navy. Since then, their appearance has hardly changed (the recognizable “small second” at “6 o'clock” has been preserved), but the filling has been completely renewed.

All new models are equipped with in-house calibers of varying degrees of complexity with an 8-year warranty. The series includes simple automatic three-hands in 40 mm cases, models with a perpetual calendar, and classic chronographs (new shades of green and burgundy are noteworthy). The Haute Horlogerie section was supplemented by watches with a combination of a calendar and a tourbillon, as well as a flying tourbillon and a retrograde chronograph. The Portuguese Yacht Club sports sub-collection now includes brand new models with ebb and flow indicators combined with a dual moon phase display - real talking pieces, according to CEO Christoph Granger-Herr. Particularly striking is the version with a bright blue dial and a blue textile strap.

Portugieser Complications, IWC
Portugieser Complications, IWC

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Trend of the day

Vacheron Constantin's first automatic tourbillon for women was lavishly covered with diamonds. The slim case with a diameter of 39 mm, the bezel and lugs of the strap are covered with 559 round and baguette-cut stones with a total weight of over 6.5 carats. A diamond shine surrounds the large aperture with the signature Maltese cross, which is shaped like a tourbillon carriage. The diamond also sparkles in the crown.

521 snow setting diamonds are scattered across the dial of the 38mm Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinitely Personal watch. Against this precious background at the 2 o'clock position there is a tourbillon, opposite it, at 8 o'clock, there are hour indices with hands.

The updated Pasha de Cartier line also has a jewelery tourbillon. It is equipped with a skeleton in a case of white or rose gold with a diameter of 41 mm. Bezel, caliber details and buckle set with 179 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Pasha de Cartier Tourbillon Skeleton, Cartier
Pasha de Cartier Tourbillon Skeleton, Cartier

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