01: A. Lange & Sohne Triple Split
Making a split seconds chronograph is challenging enough, but A. Lange & Sohne made it more so by adding a split minutes function in its Double Split in 2004, allowing the watch to record elapsed time up to 30 minutes. This year the Triple Split takes the complication to outrageous new heights by including split hours, upping the recordable time to an astonishing 12 hours. It’s a world first, so it is limited to only 100 pieces.
02: Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept Watch
It was just last month that Piaget unveiled the world’s thinnest self-winding watch, the 4.30mm thick Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P. Now it’s followed up with the thinnest hand-wound watch ever, the inconceivably slim Altiplano Ultimate Concept Watch. Doing away with a balance cock, shock-absorbing system and jewels helped keep the watch’s thickness to just 2mm. There are five patents pending for this marvel.
03: Richard Mille RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough
The first watch Richard Mille made for polo star Pablo Mac Donough was the RM 053 and it looked like a tank as most of the watch face was covered by titanium. Its successor, the RM 53-01, is far showier but no less tough. It is in fact sturdier thanks to a movement suspended within the Carbon TPT case via cables to offer superior shock resistance, and it’s so confident of this that a tourbillon was included.
04: Panerai L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 PAM920
Panerai’s second tribute watch to Galileo Galilee is once again a beast packed with astronomical complications. Its full name reveals its major functions – L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT – and it is also the brand’s first moon phase, which is located on the back. It uses Panerai’s patented tourbillon regulator, and also uses an innovative system of polarised crystals to indicate the date. Made to order.