Top Picks, SIHH Day 3

The third wave.

BY Daniel Goh | Jan 19, 2017 | Feature

It’s Day Three at SIHH and instead of rambling on, here's a good selection of watches to tide you over until the finale tomorrow.

Parmigiani Tonda 1950

It's a hard decision between this and the Toric Chronometre, which is a pretty spectacular piece of its own. But this new Tonda 1950 from Parmigiani boasts an attractive affordability. The size of its case has been increased slightly to 40mm and it now comes in steel, making it a great entry point into the world of Michel Parmigiani. Ultra-thin at just 2.6mm, it's a great everyday watch that will go from work to play with ease.

Officine Panerai Lab-ID

Yes it’s a concept watch, and yes, many of us will never even come close to owning one seeing as how there are only 50 pieces in the world but damn this watch is a beauty. Technically, the LAB-ID is a stunning achievement for Panerai, offering a Carbotech case but more importantly the movement incorporates carbon components and DLCs to offer a largely self-lubricating movement. What this means in English is that the watch will just keep running without the need for servicing and that’s probably why Panerai is confident enough to offer a 50-year warranty for this piece of innovation.

IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

IWC Schaffhausen dedicated the Da Vinci collection to women but that doesn’t mean that men are going home empty handed. The new collection transforms the case back to a round shape, from its previous tonneau shape. Funnily enough, this move dates back to the early days of the originally round Da Vinci. The watch you see here on my wrist (ahem) is a perpetual calendar in a stainless steel case and a slate-coloured dial. Pay attention to the counter at 12 o’clock as it's the first time that IWC has integrated the moon phase indicator with a chronograph counter -- which explains why said counter is coated with blue lacquer with flecks of gold to mimic the night sky.

Audemars Piguet Black Ceramic

With the pre-SIHH models showing off the frosted gold of Audemars Piguet, I wouldn’t have expected something to top that. But hot damn, the Royal Oak Black Ceramic (in this writer’s mind, at least) was definitely the highlight of the 2017 novelties. Adhering to AP custom, the ceramic bracelet and case are finished in the same combination of satin-brushed and polished finishes, giving it a brilliant combination of textures. As the nature of ceramic is associated with hardness, you can imagine that this sort of polishing takes more effort. Five times more, to be precise. But the end product…

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition

It may have been the year of the Timewalker for Montblanc but this vintage-inspired classic blew me away. Sure, the watch has been offered before in red gold/black dial and steel/blue dial combinations but the latest rendition comes in a bronze case, while the dial is an exquisite champagne. Even the monopusher movement visible through the caseback has been treated with hints of red-gold plating to continue the vision that is this timepiece.