SIHH steps up the pace for its 28th edition, with six prestigious names making their entrance: Hermès and at the Carré des Horlogers, Armin Strom, Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud, DeWitt, élégante by F.P.Journe and Romain Gauthier. This brings the total number of exhibitors to 35, with 18 Historic Maisons and 17 brands in the Carré des Horlogers.
Professionals, journalists, collectors and watch enthusiasts will travel from all four corners of the globe to be in Geneva from 15 to 19 January, 2018 for this standout event in Fine Watchmaking. Members of the public will once again have the opportunity to purchase tickets for Open Day on Friday 19 January. Be ready for innovation and surprises at SIHH 2018.
Video: Industry Luminaries Pick Their Top 3 SIHH Watches Before Baselworld
Before we head off to Baselworld, a flashback to the best watches of Geneva.
Here we go! At this hour, all the opinion leaders and players of the Watch Industry are packing, choosing that last tie that matches with their good socks or the relevant Repetto ballerinas to substitute for a pair of 14mm High heels. Now that we are in the mood to discover 2018 Baselworld novelties, let’s take a quick look back and re-discover the favorite 2018 SIHH watches according to some of the leading journalists and insiders such as, Nick Foulkes, Eric Giroud, J. Philip Rathgen, François-Xavier Overstake, Elizabeth Doerr, Vincent Daveau, and Christian Barker.
Moser & Cie SIHH 2018 : Colors, Innovation, and Tradition With A Twist
Moser & Cie is one of those independent watchmakers that counts and that keeps thriving. Once more this year, the Schaffhausen maison surprised and demonstrated its ability to be creative, innovative whilst respecting the haute horology tradition.
Each manufacture dreams of creating its own iconic model, immediately recognizable and sought after by collectors. Within a few years, Moser & Cie has managed just that with its pared down ‘Concept’ models with their ‘fumé’ dials. Launched in 2015, three news variations of the typical dial were unveiled at the SIHH 2018.
Chronograph Wizardry - The A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split
A collector’s perspective on Lange’s newest high-complication chronograph fresh from SIHH 2018.
If you are at all horologically inclined, you will know that SIHH was this past week. The fair saw brands both large and small unveil their latest and greatest novelties for 2018. As a collector of Lange, I wanted to take a deeper look at their biggest release for the year: The Triple Split.
IWC Plots a New Course for 2018 and Beyond
We take a look at IWC Schaffhausen as the eponymous brand celebrates 150 years. All while surrounded by the glitz and glamour of SIHH.
At this year’s SIHH fair, the big theme inside IWC’s booth was heritage. After all, 2018 marks the 150th year of the Schaffhausen based brand. IWC used this opportunity to reconfirm their commitment to their past while keeping an eye towards the future. Upon entering the booth, attendees were whisked away to what looked like an industrial era speakeasy complete with hidden doors. The centerpiece was a giant replica of a Pallweber movement mounted above huge steel grates that emitted fog while overhead speakers blasted a matching thematic soundtrack.
Cartier in 2018: The Next Generation
Fresh off the year’s most prestigious showcase of watches. Presenting the evolution of the Santos, Rotonde and Panthère collections at SIHH 2018.
For all its status as one of the most recognizable luxury brands, Cartier designs its watches to be practical objects, made to be worn not stored in a bank vault. Part of the company’s strategy is to constantly but subtly update its collections to suit the changing tastes and needs of its clientele. This year at the Salon International De La Haute Horlogere, Cartier focused its attentions on three classic collections — Panthère, Santos and Rotonde — to address the growing number of women buyers, a younger audience in general and functionality in the age of e-commerce.
The Men and The Moon: MB&F and Sarpaneva Send Us Into Space, Again
The 2018 Edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Brings Us Another Performance Art Collaboration from MB&F and Sarpaneva
In the age of the social media influencer, the term “collaboration” has sadly morphed into a distorted silhouette of itself, meaning something quite unlike its textbook definition. When I read the words “in collaboration with...” slipped into an Instagrammer’s caption, I immediately think that they’ve been paid to promote to their hundreds of thousands of followers (bought or not) said brand’s designs/product/work, without doing much more than posing for or reposting a picture and typing a handful of characters from their iPhone X. That, to me, is no collaboration. The influencer’s hands didn’t get dirty. Their stress levels didn’t rise to the point of chest pains and migraines. They didn’t sweat their way through failed prototypes. They didn’t bite their nails while reading the reviews of their work on various watch forums or highly-respected blogs. No, they did none of those things, because those things are what make a genuine collaboration what it is: equal work by the two parties involved. However, the MoonMachine 2 by MB&F and Sarpaneva, released at the 2018 edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), is as true a collaboration as any in the watch world, and it’s one this journalist in particular is more than happy to write about.
Richard Mille RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough: Robust and transparent
Graphic, technical and super chic, polo is a surprisingly violent sport. To avoid seeing any damage inflicted to the watch customarily worn by grand polo champion, Pablo Mac Donough, Richard Mille created an indestructible reference complete with a next-generation unbreakable crystal.
As Richard Mille himself once said during a presentation of this new type of all-terrain time-telling instrument, the RM 53-01 is the result of an encounter he had with the grand polo champion, Pablo Mac Donough. As the latter recalled, backed up by X-rays of his injuries, polo is a noble, technical and graphical sport, but also on rare occasions dangerous and extremely violent when the players come into contact. Having seen the long list of his multiple fractures, you could well imagine that he might retire from sport all together after a blow to the head. Not Mac Donough, though, who got straight back into the competition after his fall, with the very first Richard Mille purpose-built watch still firmly secured to his wrist
Audemars Piguet Enters 2018 With an Array of New Novelties
The Le Brassus independent powerhouse bursts in to 2018 with a dizzying lineup of new novelties. Here’s a thematic overview of my favorites.
At this year’s SIHH fair, Audemars Piguet released not one – but at last count, 86 new SKUs. These additions ranged from brightly colored Royal Oak Offshores to the innovative Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Slim RD2. For 2018, there’s literally something for everyone. While one article simply can’t cover everything, we’ll give you the highlights and overarching themes of this new collection.
Hard Core: Montblanc focuses on its signature collections at SIHH 2018
When attending events like SIHH, the Press likes to look for trends to report on. Things like colorful dials or quick-change bracelets. One important pattern that’s emerging is brands focusing on consolidating and redefining their offerings.
Panerai Brings Innovation and Fresh Updates
Another year at SIHH is upon us and one question is on the mind of collectors, what will be the biggest draw when Panerai releases their latest novelties? Here’s a recap.
Every year, Panerai has managed to step outside the box as only they can. At past SIHH fairs, the world witnessed the release of the Bronzo and gawked in amazement at the CarboTech; an innovative design and technical execution that we saw in the Lab-ID last year. This year – even with the introduction of a handful of complicated pieces – it was the expansion of the Due Line and other base models that seemed to be what everyone was focused on. Without forcing you to read pages and pages of press releases, I’ll give you the rundown of the latest offerings from Officine Panerai from the 2018 edition of SIHH.
Baume & Mercier’s Clifton Baumatic Goes In-House for The First Time at SIHH
The first Swiss watch I ever purchased for myself when I knew I finally had enough money to do so was a Baume et Mercier.
At the time – back in 2002 – I had just started a new, long-distance relationship and wanted to celebrate the joy I was feeling with a timepiece. Yet while I still couldn’t afford one of the more recognizable Swiss brands, Baume et Mercier watches were within my reach, and I’m thrilled to know that all these years later, they still strive to be (and succeed at being) the Richemont brand that just about anyone can afford, which is why the recent unveiling of the Clifton Baumatic™ brought such a smile to my face.
Introducing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Collection
Bringing back the legendary dive watch with four fantastic, vintage-inspired timepieces.
Watch brands like to tease. Before the doors opened at SIHH 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre gave journalists pre-show sneak previews of the Geophysic True Second Boutique Edition and the Reverso Tribute Duoface. Which is why we were pleasantly surprised by a third retro-inspired launch: four new versions of the classic JLC Polaris.
Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece
For SIHH 2018, Laurent Ferrier adds a stunning annual calendar complication to their popular Galet Montre Ecole line.
Voyeurs and Freaks: Ulysse Nardin Gets the Deviant in Us to Watch
While getting their “Freak On” was never an issue for Ulysse Nardin, the brand dared to go where no brand had gone before with two new and naughty novelties for SIHH 2018.
Brand press releases don’t usually excite me. I mean, I’m happy to get them and they often contain news that is critical to what I do for a living, but they don’t excite excite me, if you know what I mean. That is, until I received an email from Ulysse Nardin about this year’s new releases for the 28th edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH). Its opening paragraph contained the following description of the discreetly roped-off “back room” at their SIHH salon where their latest erotic watches are to be showcased: “...everything else in this voluptuous boudoir is carnal red — the carpet, the red velvet canapé in the shape of a woman’s mouth, and the walls, adorned with the evocative tools of the sex trade, all exquisitely framed. Do you dare enter?”
F.P. Journe Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante
Combining innovative technical solutions with traditional construction methods, François-Paul Journe has forged a new watchmaking series, embodied to pure perfection in the Monopoussoir. Discover it here!
The basic material and starting point was a chronograph, unique down to its calibre, and designed exclusively for the Only Watch charity auction in late 2017. It became the laboratory inspiration for the new 2018 F.P. Journe Monopoussoir Rattrapante chronograph series. A series of timepieces that honors history and prepares for the third millennium with the rattrapante complication, commonly considered to be the natural feature of the chronograph.
Girard-Perregaux Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton
At last year’s SIHH, Girard-Perregaux unveiled the Neo-Bridges Automatic Titanium — a watch that took its structural cues from Constant Girard’s creator Esmeralda pocket watch (which won first prize at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1889) but married it to 21st century technology. And this year, the manufacture continues to push the concept even further.
A. Lange & Söhne Introduces the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”
To honor the life and work of their founder Walter Lange, A. Lange & Söhne has released a series of jumping seconds timepieces. Here’s the lowdown.
Walter Lange left us in January 2017 – leaving behind a legacy that will survive for many generations. The great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, Walter relaunched the brand in 1994. Since then, the brand has been hard at work developing in-house calibers and some very stunning novelties including the Lange 1, Zeitwerk, and Saxonia.
The Cartier Libre Collection Ventures Outside the Lines for SIHH 2018
In an effort to showcase their playful side, Cartier has reimagined some of their signature case shapes through the introduction of five limited edition jeweled watches, in time for the 2018 edition of the Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva.
According to a study released on November 28th by luxury marketing and research group MVI Marketing, female millennials (in the age category 25 to 40) who make an annual salary of $80,000 or more ranked Cartier in their top two for luxury jewelry purchases. And male millennials making the same annual salary ranked the brand 4th overall for luxury watch purchases, and with good reason.
The Jubilee Collection celebrating 150 years of IWC
In advance of next year’s SIHH fair. IWC has released a taste of what’s to come for the brand. This collection of timepieces was made to celebrate the brand’s 150th Anniversary. Here’s our hands-on scoop.
Founded in 1868 by American Florentine Ariosto Jones, IWC Schaffhausen is an established leader in watchmaking. Producing a wide range of products from their iconic pilot’s watches – to highly complicated pieces celebrating the finest in Swiss watchmaking. The brand is also using this moment to release a new dial technique which incorporates rich lacquered finishes reminiscent of enamel dials of yesteryear, without the price tag.
Introducing: Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary Edition
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic Royal Oak Offshore, Audemars Piguet has released a striking 25th Anniversary edition of their tourbillon chrono. In addition, the brand has unveiled a re-edition of the original Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph.
Since its launch in 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore has been a mainstay in AP’s collection. It’s an understatement to say these pieces have been extraordinary popular with collectors. However, that wasn’t always the case. 25 years ago, many thought the brand was crazy to release a 42mm version of the Royal Oak. Today, the brand can easily revel in the Offshore’s success.