Written by Kidist Amanuel
The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2013 was held last week in Geneva.
The event is indeed a landmark for the Fine Watch sector and a place where brands premiere their latest watches- which have often taken years of research. Watchmakers and designers get to share and exchange ideas and are the first to get new industry information. Last year, they introduced some fabulous watches worth remembering again:
The Velvet by Roger Dubois, featuring graphic split-level dials
The Jules Audemars by Audemars Piguet that features a super-slim movement (2.45 mm)
The Linea 10114 Automatique by Baume & Mercier, complete with an interchangeable bracelet
and Last but not least, the feminine Star Classique Lady Automatique by Montblanc
Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces made quite an impression at SIHH this year. One of theie standouts is the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface. This elegant and dressed-up watch is a great addition to their Reverso line. The watch contrasts a beautiful silver dial with black hands and markers in a steel case. A second time zone can be set on the black face on the backside. Also of note is their Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique a Quantieme Perpetuel Jubilee. This perpetual calendar timepiece houses the JLC in-house caliber 985, with moonphase and tourbillon functions. The 22 karat pink gold oscillator can be seen through the sapphire case back. The wristwatch comes in a 42 millimeter platinum case and a black alligator strap. The dial- which has three subdials- is quite striking, not overly busy or complicated.
The Piaget Emperador Coussin XL is another fascinating watched shown this year. This “World’s Thinnest Mechanical Automatic Repeater Movement” watch has a round pink gold case. The case measures 48 millimeter in diameter and 9.4 millimeter thick. The sapphire crystals in the front and back allow one to observe at the mechanism that powers this watch, including the repeater mechanism and skeletonized top plate.
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronographe was also a display of note. This watch introduced the first in-house chronograph movement, the 1904-CH MC. The self-winding vertical-clutch column wheel motor is based on Calibre de Cartier movement. This piece boasts an especially appealing aesthetic, while also being sporty. It has twin sub-dials and a date window that nicely compliment the brushed and polished surfaces, sword hands, and over-sized Roman numerals.