This was an easy one to write. Am I allowed to say that? This isn’t exactly controversial territory. The highlights reel is always going to be the most straightforward selection of all. One may engage in endless debate on which watches provide the most consumer value, or which watches constitute the most evolved examples of modern watchmaking, but you just ask anyone what the defining watches of the 2017 SIHH were and 99 times out of 100 you’ll get the same few candidates over and over again. You can ignore the one-percenters –they’re either trying to sound clever by throwing in a contrarian opinion, or they’ve over-analyzed things, or they just don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. Or could be a combination of all three.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, 2017 saw Urwerk release the UR-T8 – a new version of the brand’s signature wandering-hour watch. Big and bold, and taking inspiration from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso. It is the biggest version to date and features a case that flips to keep the time display wrist-side beneath a protective titanium shell.