So, Watches & Wonders is over once more and you can read my more studied opinions in the main newspaper next week (shameless plug there). Snap judgments? Well, there were a lot of watches and, err, people, I guess. And, as a professional ligger, I can report the food and drink were marvellous. While I can’t reveal everything here, I can talk about some of the standout watches from the show. First up is one of the most eye-catching and, it must be said, oddest, launches, the IWC Portofino Midsize (right). Now, guys who follow watches will know that IWC’s advertising slogan is “Engineered for Men”, which, leaving aside its masculine posturing, is pretty definitive. However, looking at the Portofino Midsize, you might be wondering if the company is backsliding on that statement a little. But no, this is indeed a man’s watch, or rather a watch for men that women can wear, too. So what’s to like about this watch? Well, it’s certainly different and it will attract attention, if that’s your thing, and not just for the jewel-encrusted bezel but also for the range of strap choices. It’s a whole new collection, although a limited run, so the size and colour varieties are quite large. Speaking of sizes, and again this is something that may seem very un-IWC-like, the Portofino Midsize comes in 37mm and 40mm. Now that, in modern mechanical watchmaking, is small, but if you’re a classicist those are almost perfect case sizes. The case itself comes in red or white gold and there is even a stainless-steel version. All flavours come with or without the diamond bezel. Features are relatively simple on the three-hand watch, but there is a moon-phase version and a day and night one that have a few complications. Simplicity works though as the focus is on the more blingy aspects. The trump card to this collection is the straps, which are made by wonderful Italian leather goods company Santoni. There’s a wide choice of colours for the alligator strap or, if that’s not your thing, try the mesh bracelet. Prices for the IWC Portofino Midsize will be revealed soon. Next, we have one of the more in-your-face launches, the Roger Dubuis Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon (left). The Hommage line was launched at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in January as the fifth and final collection in Roger Dubuis’ portfolio, and last week was the first chance for many in Asia to see it. Roger Dubuis had other new watches on show but, personally, I was struck more by this collection as it’s so obviously modern in design but has dashes of classic styling, as the name suggests, in homage to the watchmaking of yore. For this particular version, the company has amped things up with a double flying tourbillon (one is never enough, clearly), which is a great piece of wrist theatre. With a 45mm case in pink gold, the watch is priced at HK$2.6 million. Finally, we have a watch for the tech-heads and modernists, the Richard Mille RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon (right). There’s a huge amount going on with this watch, from the new cable-suspended movement (inspired by Richard Mille’s Rafael Nadal watch) to the transparent sapphire glass case that’s light, robust, has anti-glare properties, is scratch resistant and, let’s be honest, is pretty darn cool. A sapphire case has been done before (see the RM 56-01) but the marriage of the suspended movement with the transparency is a hand-clap moment. The RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon is limited to 10 pieces, with prices to be announced shortly.