New Luxury Watches 2019 – Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Hermes

RANT&H | JAN 23, 2019

In today’s episode, Christian and Anna dive into some of the other new SIHH 2019 releases! They begin with the new Champagne/Gold dial Royal Oak, which was only released in white gold but is easily one of the most attractive Royal Oak dial colors in a long time. As for the Code 11.59…well, we already covered that one in much more depth, but in short, that model line has some serious work ahead to become truly the pieces AP seems to have wanted them to be. The 38mm Royal Oak Chronograph? Absolutely love it.

Onto Moser – the Swiss Alp Concept with the tourbillon and minute repeater is a serious winner in terms of design and commitment to the art of horology, but when it comes to the Nature Watch, it does beg the question of who Moser is trying to subvert. The Cartier Santos Dumont is a winner, but the Santos Chronograph is, in Christian’s words, worthy of being “dragged out into the woods and shot.” The A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon, however, is an incredible design and, come on, it’s in salmon. The Zeitwork Date is another model that has managed to win big points, specifically for its ability to execute its date display in a tasteful, innovative, and unobtrusive way. Ressence wins across the board with all of their releases because of just how purely innovative and singular their design language is.

Hermes chimes in with a watch nobody can pronounce the name of, but one that is incredibly well designed and features two dials which rotate around the interior of the case, and for that alone, they really do earn their win. Finally, we get into the world of Jaeger LeCoultre with the Master Grande Tradition Gyro Tourbillon Perpetual – it feels very much like a power play, a sort of show off to remind people why they’re called the “Watchmaker’s Watchmaker.”