Best Watches of SIHH 2019: Day 4Written by Melissa Kong
MONTBLANC Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition 100
The hero model of Montblanc's new Heritage collection, this Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition 100 reminds us again that Montblanc and Minerva are one and the same. Not only does it bear a distinctive domed salmon dial evocative of Minerva timepieces from the 1940s and 1950s, the dial layout is also largely similar. We like the nostalgic touch of a pulsograph (used by doctors in the early days to check heart rates), as well as the retro international payphone indications on the minutes sub-dial, seen at the third, sixth and ninth minute - a reminder to the caller to drop in coins every three minutes before his credit runs out. Limited to 100 pieces.
IWC Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition ‘MJ271’
IWC’s customary rotational policy with its collections sees the return of the hugely popular Pilot’s Watch range. As with the other collections, there is a wide variety of models to choose from. The UTC Spitfire Edition ‘MJ271’ gets our vote with its UTC-derived second-time zone display, which is not only very on-theme but easy to use, too, with its single-crown actuation. Also, the bronze case-olive dial pairing, a dominant combination in this year’s Pilot’s Watches, is, shall we say, super easy on the eye. Limited to 271 pieces.
AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin
Yes, we're aware the big story at Audemars Piguet this year is the new Code 11.59 collection. But we're going to buck the trend a little and stick to a familiar favourite - the Royal Oak. Everything about this particular model shouts 'progressive': the ceramic case and bracelet, extra-thin movement and profile, as well the 'Tapisserie Evolutive' dial pattern radiating out from the tourbillon at six o'clock. All sheathed in a sexy black to boot. Incredibly light and blending a sporty aesthetic with classical elegance, this piece gets our thumbs up. Limited to 100 pieces.
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".