The tachymeter is stainless steel with amount engravings on a stationary bezel with one of those number engravings being “184,” the rate where Burt Munro broke the land speed record. Moving inwards, the dial is sandblasted at a silverish-white colour to mimic the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and the number indices are black rhodium plated. Breaking up that flat line is a yellowish seconds sub-dial in 9 o’clock stamped with Burt’s lucky number “35.” The texture of this pre-production piece was solid, from its buckle, straps, instance, and finish. I truly liked the subject of the watch and the best thing about it was that it seemed classic. The subtle “Phi” stamping of the base strap, near the lugs, is a nice touch without screaming “It is a Baume et Mercier watch.” Another nice touch is that the chronograph hand’s counterweight, which is the Indian Motorcycle’s “I.” Lastly, the caseback, although nonetheless not an exhibition caseback, is inscribed with the Indian Motorcycle’s headdress emblem with all the limited version number softball, one from 1967.
Starting this upcoming Monday, January 16th, and running through Friday, January 20th, is the always anticipated, annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. The exhibition will feature displays from some of the largest watch brands as well as a stable of independent brands who are newly invited for 2017. This year also features a first for SIHH – a day open to the public on the final day, January 20th. The aBlogtoWatch team will be ready and present with the most comprehensive reporting of the event, and we will be bringing you our hands-on coverage of the latest novelties to debut at SIHH 2017. And if that didn’t already excite you, get ready to take an even closer behind the scenes look when we host our own aBlogtoWatch day on Thursday, January 19th at the show.
Seventeen exhibitors can be seen: A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Parmigiani, Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, and Van Cleef & Arpels. This year marks the second of the Carré des Horlogers, now grown to thirteen independent brands: Christophe Claret, Grönefeld, H. Moser & Cie., Hautlence, HYT, Laurent Ferrier, MB&F, Manufacture Contemporaine Du Temps, Ressence, Romain Jerome, Speake-Marin, Urwerk, and Voutilainen.
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