Best Calendar Watches of SIHH 2014

Duometre a Quantieme Lunaire
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Quantieme Lunaire.

Creating annual calendar and perpetual calendars is a special challenge, because there is so much information to place on a dial: day, date, month, and in the case of the perpetual calendar, leap year indicator, and there is often a power reserve and a moonphase indicator. These watches demonstrate completely new ways of presenting this information, such as the Cartier Astrocalendaire, or unique arrangements that play with traditional displays, such as the Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde. Combined functions are another trend. Both Lange & Söhne and Jaeger-LeCoultre combine the complication with a tourbillon. The IWC places the complication in the context of a diver’s watch, in a whopping 49mm case – the second-largest wristwatch in IWC’s history, next to the Big Pilot’s Watch of 1940.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Quantieme Lunaire, with manual-wound Caliber 381, assembled and decorated by hand. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds, jumping stop seconds, date, moonphase and power reserve. It has a dial of grand feu enamel.

Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar.
Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar.

Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar, now with a pink gold case, with a peripheral month ring, date window, subsidiary seconds, a retrograde day of the week index, a moonphase display, leap year and day/night indicators. The tourbillon is visible from the caseback.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date Automatic.
Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date Automatic.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date Automatic in a 43mm steel case, with a retrograde index for the date and the day in a subdial at 9 o’clock. The movement is the self-winding Soprod caliber 9094, with a 40-hour power reserve.

IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month.
IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month.

IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, a 49mm diver’s watch with large digital display for date and month, a leap year indicator, stop-watch function with hours, minutes and seconds and flyback function. It is limited to 50 watches.

Cartier Rotonde Astrocalendaire Perpetual Calendar.
Cartier Rotonde Astrocalendaire Perpetual Calendar.

Cartier Rotonde Astrocalendaire Perpetual Calendar, with a flying tourbillon surrounded by perpetual calendar indications positioned on the bridges of the movement, tiered in concentric levels. The movement, caliber 9459 MC, has only gears – no levers or springs – with a central gear with retractable teeth to drive the indications.

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