SIHH has officially kicked off it’s finally fair in January as it moves to April in 2020.
Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva (SIHH) will be held from April 26 to 29, a smart move with Baselworld taking place a week later meaning that two of the biggest watch events can be covered in one trip to Switzerland.
This is an answer to many of the requests from retailers in the industry and will likely boost the participation in both, especially as last year both Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille announced that they will no longer take part after this year, while Swatch Group, Baselworld’s largest exhibitor with 16 brands, pulled out of Baselworld for 2019.
So far during SIHH 2019, Audemars Piguet celebrated the launch of its new collection ‘CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet’. CODE stands for Challenge, Own, Dare and Evolve. The contemporary evolution of a classic, this collection gives a contemporary twist and a certain edginess to the classic round watch, while carrying on the Manufacture’s long history of unconventional form and design languages.
A. Lange & Söhne have five new pieces to unveil. Our highlight is the a limited edition of the Langematik Perpetual which is now available with a case in honey gold. Used exclusively by the watch brand, the material is particularly hard and robust.
Ulysse Nardin showcase their most experimental collection to date. The FREAK X, the little cousin of its ”Freak antecedents”, stands out as the entry point into the FREAK collection. The sizing is tighter – 43mm instead of 45mm – but it is easier to read and operate. It has a crown for time correction, which breaks with one of the most iconic aspects of the crown-less FREAK VISION or FREAK OUT models, which correct time by the bezel. The “baguette” movement is still a carousel, turning once on itself every hour to indicate the time. It is simpler, bolder, and has fewer wheels. It has no dial and no hands – the central bridge acts as a minute hand and one of the wheels indicates the hours.
Baume & Mercier is unveiling eight Classima Lady steel watches at SIHH 2019. With new dials and sizes, and with quartz and automatic movements, the collection has been designed to offer every woman her ideal timepiece. Two jewelled models with mother-of-pearl dial and diamond-set case are now being added to enhance the collection.
The five Clifton Baumatic watches, powered by the BM13 version of the Baumatic calibre, combine performance, technical achievement and refined design. They express a combination of watchmaking expertise and contemporary style, which has characterised the Baume & Mercier approach for 189 years.
This year, the collection expands with a red gold case and a gradated blue dial. The Clifton Baumatic is the essential companion for aesthetes with assertive tastes in perpetual pursuit of performance and innovation.
Continuing their partnership with Lamborghini and Pirelli, Roger Dubuis introduces Excalibur One-off – a timepiece at the crossroad of visionary design and roaring mechanical technology, powered by an exclusive RD106SQ calibre worthy of the most complex engines.
Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar by Vacheron Constatin integrates an instantaneous jumping indications for the perpetual calendar that requires 4 times less torque than a normal perpetual calendar. When worn, the Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar beats at a high frequency that is aligned with modern active lifestyles, displaying the hours, minutes, date, month, leap year cycle and power reserve on its dial. When the watch is not being worn, its in-house developed calibre 3610 QP can be slowed down in order to maintain its timekeeping abilities over an extended power reserve of at least 65 days.
During a press conference, Panerai announced that they will be the official sponsors of Luna Rossa, the Challenger of Record team for the 36th edition of the America’s Cup. To mark this partnership, the watchmaker unveiled the Submersible Luna Rossa, with the dial made with the material of the Luna Rossa racing boat competition sails.
Stay tuned for more in the coming days.