Vacheron almost stole the show – and there was tough competition – at W & W with their 47mm, 839-part Maitre Cabinotier Astronomica (above), a one-off watch, already sold thank you, with a back as beguiling as its front.
Utilising the back as a virtual second dial was almost a necessity in this case, given the timepiece boasts an extraordinary range of functions including a minute repeater, equation of time, sky chart, sidereal hours and minutes, seasons, zodiac signs, moonphase, sunrise and sunset indications and the obligatory tourbillon.
Other memorable pieces included 39.5mm Traditionnelle World Time and Day-Date pieces cased in platinum and refined Patrimony models with handsome slate gray dials.
For women too, elegant new 36.5mm Patrimony Small models with diamond-set (68 round-cut) bezels. Then, of course, the high jewellery and Metiers d’Art collections where the fitting showstopper – we were in Hong Kong – was a Traditionelle Calibre L’empreinte du dragon model featuring a hand-wound multi-complication movement in an entirely hand-engraved case.