The SIHH 2016

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The SIHH (Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie) 2016, held between January 18th and the 22nd, is an event that takes place in the majestic exhibition and convention complex, Palexpo, in Geneva. It offers a chance for leading industry experts and avid watch lovers to see a showcase of new releases from a circle of luxury exhibitors, from Piaget to Cartier. The number of brands has expanded to twenty-four this year, as the SIHH has inaugurated the first Carre des Horlogers showcase, replete with nine artisans, fresh from independent workshops, who represent watchmaking’s new guard and latest examples of budding innovation.

This significant event has existed for around a quarter of a century, spirited by a consistent line of important breakthroughs and cutting-edge designs that never fail to turn heads. It really is an elegant showcase like no other. Also take into account the fact that they salon has recently undergone a facelift, transforming the traditional architectural environment to adopt a more streamlined and modernist façade.

It’s a chance for watchmakers to promote the creativity that spurs their respective companies into motion. The increase in exhibitors, with the inauguration of the Carre des Horlogers, has seen the appearance of a wider variety of new-wave timepieces. Nevertheless, a distinctly high standard continues to define the proceedings, forging a strong relationship between vibrant explosions of new talent and an ancestral dedication to horological excellence.

After taking a look at the glass cabinets of new releases we reflected on some of the timepieces that really stood out for us. There were three in particular that stuck in our minds. Firstly there was the simple, yet elegant Benjamin Clymer IWC Mark XVIII. Then the rather expensive A. Lange & Söhne Jumping Seconds, fetching around €78,000. And, finally, there was a modern twist on Salvador Dali’s melting clock, the Cartier Crash Skeleton adorned with pink gold (pictured below).

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