SIHH Day Three: Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai
Written by Mark Bernardo,
This year is the Royal Oak Offshore’s 20th anniversary, and as expected, several new Royal Oak Offshore models made their debut, including two new pieces with black ceramic cases and bezels. The standout was the new ceramic Royal Oak Offshore Diver, which answers the question of how one can create a functional divers’ watch (i.e., one with a unidirectional rotating bezel) in this collection without sacrificing the fixed, octagonal, screwed-down bezel that makes it iconic. AP’s solution was installing a rotating inner bezel, beneath the crystal and underneath the outer bezel, operated by a crown at 11 o’clock.
Among the new models in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master collection is its new Master Tourbillon Dualtime, which has been re-engineered with a slightly altered tourbillon carriage and a slightly thinner case. The watch and its manufacture movement, JLC Caliber 978, are below.
On the sports watch side, JLC unveiled a new divers’ chronograph watch called the Deep-Sea Chronograph Cermet. “Cermet,” as you may have surmised, is a material that blends ceramic and metal to achieve a high level of hardness and scratch resistance. The watch will be available widely in the predominantly black version shown below and also in a boutique-only “vintage” version.