Cover H Moser & Cie Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack (Photo: H Moser & Cie)

Our picks of the most outstanding exhibits at the marquee haute horlogerie event

This year’s Geneva Watch Days was held from August 29 to September 1 and saw a stunning showcase from around 40 revered luxury watch brands. The event saw a series of exhibitions unveiling horological advancements taking place across hotels and boutiques alike in the watchmaking capital of the world.

The concept first began in 2020, originally as a collaboration between seven luxury watch brands—Bulgari, Breitling, De Bethune, H Moser & Cie, MB&F, Ulysse Nardin and Urwerk—to combat the effects of Covid-19 on the watchmaking industry. Other brands have since joined the initiative.

Take a look below at Tatler’s picks of the most outstanding pieces on show at this year’s event.

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Bulgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton Eight Days

Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo Skeleton Eight Days is an important addition to haute horlogerie. The timepiece isn’t one that simply puts aesthetics at the forefront: it is also equipped with an impressive eight-day power reserve. It has a sleek, 40mm octagonal case, is made of 18-karat rose gold, and also features a bark brown alligator leather strap. It is run by a BVL 199 SK calibre manual winding.

 

H Moser & Cie Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack

The red-gold streamliner is powered by the brand’s in-house automatic calibre with flying tourbillon. The dial of the watch is coated with a registered Vantablack material that is inspired by materials used in aeronautics. The darkest black to ever appear on the dial of a watch, it absorbs 99.965 per cent of light to ensure that there are minimal reflections on the watch face.

      

Ulysse Nardin Blast Tourbillon

Ulysse Nardin’s unveiling of its new Blast Tourbillon, of which only 50 pieces are available, has got the watch world talking. The watch is powered by the UN-172 caliber movement, which features an automatic flying tourbillon. The movement is equipped with sicilium technology and is enclosed in a black DLC titanium case. Fifty rubies and sapphire baguettes line the bezel in a gradation of rainbow colours. Buyers can choose between a waterproof velvet rubber strap or a black alligator strap.

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Corum Bubble x Aiiroh

The latest edition of Corum’s cult favourite Bubble, of which only 88 pieces were created, was designed in collaboration with French street artist Aiiroh. The 47mm watch comes in a stainless steel case with black PVD coating, is automatically wound, and is water resistant to 100m. It features a multi-coloured rose petal design as well as the spiral motif of a black rose, inspired by the artist’s Black Série Rose artwork.

 

Hautlence Vagabonde Series 4

This watch is the latest of Hautlence’s wandering hours model. Featuring the brand’s signature case shape, it has a sophisticated yet sporty look and feel. The case, which is in steel, carries the calibre B30, a bidirectional self-winding movement. The satin-finished bezel is accessorised with a blue rubber strap. It promises a power reserve of three days and is limited to 28 pieces.

 

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