As the 2019 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) launches on Sunday 13 January, the watch world is heading over to Geneva, Switzerland to discover just what our favourite brands have in store. From world-leaders in haute horology to radical, independent manufacturers, there is sure to be no time wasted in discovering just what the year has in store for fine watches. Here, Tempus takes a look at some of the most exciting launches in store for 2019.
A dress watch that exudes sophistication, Jaeger-LeCoultre will introduce this limited run of 100 pieces at SIHH. With razor thin complications and movements, the 39mm timepiece features a guilloche enamelled dial and boasts a 70hour power reserve thanks to its 925/2 calibre.
Looking to the stars for inspiration, Piaget's Altiplano presentations include a 41mm pink gold Altiplano Tourbillon with blue meteorite dial, with diamonds around the case and driven by a calibre 670P; and a 40mm pink gold Altiplano with grey meteorite dial, driven by calibre 1203P. The meteorite-like dial is formed by Widmanstätten patterns – naturally formed by the presence of crystallised nickel-iron within iron meteorites. A truly glamorous, space-age timepiece.
When it comes to pilot's watches, IWC Schaffhausen has always soared ahead to bring the magic of flight to its collectors. With a full fleet of Pilot's Watch novelties showing at this year's SIHH, IWC is presenting its engineering expertise across the line. The new Spitfire line is particularly interesting – especially the Timezoner Spitfire Edition "The Longest Flight" – for combining the patented Timezoner mechanism with completely automatic IWC-manufactured movements.
As Panerai launches its first collection since the retirement of long-time CEO Angelo Bonati, the luxury watch brand is exploring its hidden depth. Yes, it's all about diving watches for the brand this year, with the Submersible Chrono inspired by French free diving champion Guillaume Néry. The novelty includes a unidirectional rotating bezel and luminous markers for underwater reading, runs on Panerai's P.9100 calibre with a three-day power reserve, and features Néry's signature and world record-breaking dive of 126m engraved on the back.
Ulysse Nardin is launching new versions of its Freak and Skeleton ranges with the X-Factor. Continuing the brand's ethos to 'explore the unknown' (or Xplore, as the brand's press material says), Ulysse Nardin has quite literally looked within for its 2019 presentation, taking X-Rays as its inspiration for two of its best-known watches. The more compact – and affordable – Freak X comes in multiple variations, including titanium and rose gold, but we're most excited about its Carbonium version – the material is an aerospace-grade carbon fibre never before used in watchmaking.