Audemars Piguet Millenary. The Royal Oak has such a dominant aesthetic that I wonder whether people know they make other watches too. The Millenary collection for ladies might be a bit bling in places, but the important thing is it puts the watchmaking front and centre with its enlarged balance wheel oscillating away on the dial side. One of a number of serious, rather than whimsical, watches for ladies at SIHH.
Piaget Black Tie. Piaget makes of a point of its prowess in creating record-breaking ultra thin movements but the reintroduction of this 1960s favourite is the stylistic highlight of its 2015 collection. The Black Tie, with its stepped cushion case was a favourite of Andy Warhol and no-one else makes anything quite like it these days, which in a trend-based industry completely sets it apart.
Richard Mille RM-19-02 Tourbillon Fleur. Is there such a thing as serious whimsy? Richard Mille crafts his first automaton that see the enamelled, white gold petals of a magnolia open to reveal a flying tourbillon that rises from the depths of the case every five minutes. Beautifully implemented and displaying incredible craftsmanship.
Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph. Vacheron Constantin, which in 2015 celebrates 260 years of watchmaking, has not offered an in-house chronograph movement in recent memory. With the introduction of the collection of limited edition Harmony models it now has four, three of them monopushers. The Harmony Chronograph revives a cushion-shaped case original found on one of the first wristwatch chronos, developed by Vacheron Constantin in 1928. The retro looks are perfectly authentic, with vibrant red and blue scales, including Pulsimeter.