SIHH 2013 Preview part one: Parmigiani Fleurier and Richard Mille

Next week, 16 high-end watch brands will present their latest models and innovations at the 23rd Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) to be held in Geneva, from January 21 to January 25, 2013.  As one of the most important watch shows in the world, SIHH will host 12,000 visitors from all five continents, including over 1,200 journalists.

This year, the following brands will show their novelties: A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Greubel Forsey, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre,  Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Parmigiani, Fleurier, Piaget, Ralph Lauren, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels.

A few weeks ago we could taste the impressive novelty by Piaget. Today, two more brands show exceptional timepieces: Parmigiani Fleurier and Richard Mille.

Parmigiani shows a new addition to their highly unusual designed Bugatti Veyron range: the Bugatti Vitesse.

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Available in two color options, orange and blue, the Vitesse is crafted from titanium and it measures 36mm x 50mm , while 22mm thick. The case is protected with a sapphire crystal with six layers of anti-reflective coating and it is water resistant up to 10 meters (33 feet).

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In concept, the Vitesse is highly similar to the 2010-version, with in normal position an open view to the in-house made caliber PF 372 hand-wound movement with 10 days of power reserve. The Swiss-made mechanism is built on 40 jewels and composed of 333 individual parts. The dial, in blue or orange, is positioned at 90 degrees for easy time reading while having your hands in steering position at your Grand Sport or Grands Vitesse.

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Richard Mille will unveil the RM 036 Tourbillon G-Sensor Jean Todt Limited Edition. Richard Mille is well known for being inspired by the worlds sporting elite, and motorsport in particular. With this watch, the long career of Jean Todt is celebrated.

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The Richard Mille team and Jean Todt have cooperated closely to develop a unique addition to the RM 036 Tourbillon movement. The high tech construction and state of the art materials house a G-Sensor, that is capable to interpret the physical constraints felt by the body during rapid decelerations, a situation common to racing drivers.

The G-meter system that visually displays the wearer’s body rate of deceleration. The mechanism visually displays the “Gs” accumulated by the wearer of the watch during rapid deceleration, thus making a driver aware when he is approaching danger road speeds. An indicator shows green and red zones to display whether de deceleration is safe for the driver. Exceptional.

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The Special RM 036 Jean Todt will be available in a limited edition of 15.

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