It’s raining horological wonders at Geneva Watch Days 2021. The phygital show took place from August 30th to September 3rd and brought together a group of about 20 brands. This includes names like Bulgari, Breitling, Frederique Constant, and Ulysse Nardin. In the watchmaking capital of the world, these brands showcased their newest designs. Here are our favourite picks from the watch fair.
Bulgari Divina Mosaica Minute Repeater
A tribute to the splendour of the Roman empire, Bulgari releases three new Divina Mosaica models. It is inspired by the Baths of Caracalla and its fan-paved floors, whose motif can be seen decorating the dial. Divina Mosaica Minute Repeater is loaded with the world’s thinnest striking movement. Every surface of this high jewellery piece sparkles, and it is set with 689 diamonds totalling 11.6 carats. Two other models are available in pink and green as well.
Case size:37 mm
Case material: 18-karat white gold case set with diamonds
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Straps: Blue alligator
Frederique ConstantHighlife Automatic Skeleton
Frederique Constant premiered the ‘Monolithic Manufacture’ along with Vintage Rally Healey Automatic Small Seconds and Highlife collection at Geneva Watch Days. However, the brand’s newest innovation is Highlife Automatic Skeleton. It offers the wearer a direct view of the piece’s intricate inner workings and celebrates the mechanisms of watch-making.
Case size: 41 mm by 10.84 mm
Case material: Stainless Steel 3-part case
Straps: Stainless Steel 3-link bracelet
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges
To celebrate their 230th anniversary, Girard-Perregaux is revisiting their most iconic models, and releasing new updated creations. For the first time the “Three Bridges” are made of pink gold. Each bridge is lovingly handmade using a small piece of boxwood, a technique which takes artisans a day to complete.
Case size: 44 mm
Case material: 18 karat pink gold
Strap: Black alligator
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Greubel Forsey GMT Quadruple Tourbillon
In the time of curbed travel, this Greubel Forsey piece will take you on a trip around the globe. Only 11 pieces of this GMT Earth model are available. While the first two models of this watch were released in 2011 and 2018; the third and final iteration of this model was released on Geneva Watch Days. Featuring a lightweight titanium case and a primarily black and metallic finish, the wristwatch’s highlight is the spinning globe. The wearer can see the globe through sapphire crystal or through the case back. The globe completes one revolution every 24 hours. The watch even has a fixed 24-hour scale bearing day/night zones, and a disk with three-letter abbreviations of 24 cities representing the various time zones.
Case size: 46.50 mm by 17.45 mm
Case material: White gold
Straps: Hand-sewn alligator
Power Reserve: 72 hours
H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Perpetual Calendar
A sleek steel watch from the house of fine watchmaker H. Moser makes an appearance at Geneva Watch Days. The Streamliner Perpetual Calendar in steel boasts a Fumé, aka gradient dial, with three-dimensional hands. An additional date window is at 4 o’clock. A small red hand denotes the month, where each of the 12 hours represent one month.
Case size: 42.3 mm
Case material: Steel
Power Reserve: 168 hours
MB&F x L’Epée 1839 Orb
A futuristic looking contraption opens its four aluminium panels to reveal a high-end table clock; it’s nirvana for watch lovers. The Orb can be displayed completely closed or with one, two or three opened elytra. With a manually wound movement displaying the time one can position the clock in all kinds of ways to make it resemble a flower, fan, sea creature. Just like a church clock, the Orb can strike every hour on the hour. The Orb is the brainchild of German designer Maximilian Maertens.
When closed, height and diameter are approx. 17cm
When open, height: approx. 24cm, diameter: approx. 30cm
Case material: Palladium-plated brass and stainless steel
Power Reserve: 8 days
Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Tourbillon Grand Feu
This founding partner of the show has unveiled seven new marine torpilleur models highlighting Ulysse Nardin’s 175 years of haute horlogerie. The grand dame of the launches is this black Grand Feu, with a patented constant escapement tourbillon which won the Tourbillon Watch Prize at the annual 2015 GPHG (Grand Prix d’ Horlogerie de Genève). The 175-piece-limited-edition watch has an open sapphire case back and a fluted bezel.