One of the best parts of working at an Authorized Dealer for so many renowned luxury watch brands is getting to see the best the watchmaking world has to offer every year. This year’s SIHH was no different. For 2018, owner Matt Burdeen & General Manager Josh Nigut personally flew out to Switzerland to check out the newest wares for our brands.
The first two brands that we got to interact with were IWC and A. Lange & Söhne. Both brands came out with a relatively aggressive stance for this year’s show, either revamping tried and true volume models or, in the case of Lange, coming out with a completely new technology.
IWC bathes itself in lacquer & digital numbers
While digital dates have become somewhat ubiquitous in haute horology, digital time is still reserved only for best of the best brands. Now IWC has rolled out its own take with the Pallweber. With a decidedly simplistic dial, the Pallweber completely eschews hands for digital hour window on top; a digital minute window in the middle; and a second hand at 6 o’clock.
The Pallweber isn’t the only watch to make a splash. IWC also rolled out some small twists on the Portugieser. The standard Potugieser chronograph is powered by an off-the-shelf movement, but the new one for SIHH has an in-house Calibre 69355, lacquer dial and a display back. Cool watch and an excellent take on one of the most popular models in the IWC lineup.
Lange did IWC one better by introducing a whole new complication – a Triple Split Chronograph. We weren’t able to even get our hands on one to take a picture of it, but we were able to take some pics of amazing images of some incredible Langes. Our favorite may be the least expensive – the Saxonia Copper Blue. The above image barely does the little flakes of copper justice. Juxtaposed against the rich blue, it looks like a starry night and instantly catapults this Saxonia – no date, no second hand & all to Lange Grail status.