Day 2: Wrist Shots from SIHH 2011
January 18, 2011
Above are five wrist shots of all new timepieces that I photographed during my SIHH 2011 Day 2 meetings. (1- Van Cleef & Arpels - Retrograde, 2- Parmigiani Fleurier - Dual Time Zone, 3- Audemars Piguet - Millenary, 4- Audemars Piguet - Royal Oak Concept, 5- Vacheron Constantin - Worldtimer.)
Out of these five watches, I was most impressed by the Vacheron Constantin Worldtimer. It can display 37 different timezones, with a simple turn of the crown. This may seem like a basic timepiece, but it is actually quite complicated to create. To automatically adjust to 37 time zones, as opposed to 24, Vacheron Constantin had to create a special cam and sensor that adjusts to all the differences in timezones across the world. Plus, the world map in the center of the dial, acts as a day/night indicator, not your typical day/night indicator though. A sapphire disc that is half tinted and half clear, rotates over top of a map of the world allowing you to clearly see where it is day, and where it is night, at a glance.