We’re not really one for “trend” here at HODINKEE. The term “trend” is used by fashion magazines when putting together a photo spread on the New York times to describe something that happened three years ago (hey-ho! jk, love you guys!). So, in this , we’re going to call this micro-trend of SIHH a theme, instead.with, for example, a blue face, or by
One theme we noticed while in Geneva was the introduction of a type of watch that is a juxtaposition upon itself – a refined, elegant, time-only tourbillon of reasonable Greubel Forsey, Thomas Prescher, Richard Mille, and Jaeger-LeCoultre, plus the traditional tourbs from Patek Philippe, Laurent Ferrier, Vacheron Constantin, and A. Lange & Sohne.) In fact, there are few modern tourbillons that most watch guys would make the effort to save up for, purchase, and wear.– or a “timid time-only tourbillon.” Tourbillons are rarely of interest to people that truly understand wristwatches. The are, most of the time, kind of silly and a horological “peacocking” of sorts (of course there are notable exceptions, such as those incredible purpose-driven tourbillons from the likes of
But, SIHH 2012 changed that. In fact, there were four tourbillons that really caught our eye, and not a single one of them features a perpetual calendar, a chronograph, or hell, even a date window (ok – a power reserve indication is present here and there but does that really count as a complication?). And, all four of them fall into therange of 39mm-42mm (actually, one is 39mm, one is 40mm, one is 41mm, and the final is 42mm – so you can pick your millimeters). So, if you’re like us and have never really thought yourself a tourbillon guy, click through and take a look at these four understated, chic, and almost timid time-only tourbillons from SIHH 2012.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon – 39mm