With the close of Day 3, we find ourselves struggling to find noteworthy pieces we’d be happy to expand upon. And with that being said, unless something dramatic, overly exciting or inconceivably crazy happens over the next 72-hours or so, this will be our last article covering the action of SIHH 2018. Check back in a week or so though, as we’ll have a “wildcards” article, focusing on pieces that we may have initially overlooked. The press releases were exhilarating to cover, Day 1’s was equally as enjoyable, and Day 2’s coverage was somewhat dominated by a rising star in the industry, Girard-Perregaux. But, without further adieu, here is a wrap-up of SIHH 2018 Day 3!
Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1R.6-1 (TBA)
I find it very difficult to articulate my thoughts and feelings regarding some watches. While some are fairly straight forward, others leave me struggling to find the appropriate adjectives to describe how it makes me feel. Not that it looks spectacular. Not that it really sums up the notion of the independents doing it so much better. Not even that this could very well be one of SIHH 2018’s highlights. No. I think the word I’m looking for to describe my feels at this very moment is speechless. Completely and utterly speechless. In a good way, mind you.
Bulgari Octo Chronographe Ultranero (€9,900)
From Bulgari we have the introduction of Octo Chronographe Ultranero, a fantastically subtle timepiece that blends the worlds of contemporary and traditional very well. The Octo Octo Chronographe Ultranero is a stealthy looking watch, full of different shades of greys and blacks. Its dark persona can be somewhat intimidating, and to the purist watch collector this may seem a far cry from what we’ve become accustomed to seeing from Bulgari’s Octo collecton, but if you flip the watch around you’ll be able to see a very beautifully finished calibre BVL 328 Velocissimo, finished to absolute perfection. Yep, that’ll satisfy them!
HYT H2O (TBA)
New from HYT is the H2O, which is available in two versions. One in black with green fluid, and the other in a silver-coloured case with blue liquid. Both of which share the same dimensions. It’s a big watch, no two ways about it. At 51mm in diameter and at a height of a whopping 19.95mm, there aren’t too many watches that can match the H2O’s heft. Both are powered by HYT’s patented micro-fluidic module, featuring multi-layered bellows, a boroscilicate glass capillary tube with a nano-coated interior, a thermal compensator and ceramic fluid restrictors. Sounds more like a car than a watch, but whichever camp you’re sitting in, one thing’s for sure, it’s a damn impressive watch.
Ulysse Nardin Diver Deep Dive (TBA)
There’s a reason why the word “dive” is mentioned twice in Ulysse Nardin’s latest dive piece, which is a far cry compared to their pre-SIHH 2018 releases. The Diver Deep Dive can go deep. Deeper than anything you can imagine. It can withstand pressures that are unfathomable. The likes of which would crush your bones instantaneously. See the watch on your wrist. What’s it say? 3 ATM? 100m? 300m? Yep – it too would suffer a crushing death. The Diver Deep Dive can go deeper than any human can ever go. This 46mm beast of a watch can dive to an unimaginable depth of 1,000m. Yep, a kilometer. Overkill? Maybe. But when it comes to dick-measuring contents, your Diver Deep Dive will out-size, out-last and out-dive all others.