The first big event for watch connoisseurs each year is Geneva’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, where the world’s leading watchmakers unveil their latest marvels.
Cartier Aérien Weightless.
The Clé de Cartier watch owes its name to the winding crown that resembles the key traditionally used to wind clocks. This year it comes powered by the luxury house’s first automatic skeletonised movement, the 9621MC calibre, superbly set off by a 41mm case in 950 palladium.
Richard Mille Extra-flat.
This independent watchmaker has reinvented one of his bestsellers, the RM 010. His new RM 67-01 Extra Flat version came about because he wanted us to see the details of its movement, the CRMA6 calibre just 3.6mm deep, so applied a special skeletonising technique.
Audemars Piguet Luminous.
This year the Le Brassus manufacture revives our interest in yellow gold through a new iteration of its iconic Royal Oak model, with a perpetual calendar. The inspiration for it was the first Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, designed
by Jacqueline Dimier in 1984.
Montblanc Sports chic.
In its 110th year Montblanc celebrates the golden age of transatlantic travel through its 4810 collection launched in its centenary year. The ExoTourbillon Slim combines the firm’s new patented manufacture calibre with an instant stop-seconds function.
2016 brings Parmigiani’s 20th birthday and to celebrate this important milestone it has devised a treat for collectors: the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire powered by the company’s new movement – in gold if you please and incorporating a chronograph! Additionally it has a split-seconds function and a large date.
Vacheron Constantin Travel bug.
The signature Overseas collection aimed at travellers has five new models and 12 iterations in steel or gold, all with the Geneva Seal and interchangeable wristbands. Here we see the Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar.
Van Cleef & Arpels Heavenly.
The Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons, in the Complications Poétiques™ collection, stages a winged ballet thanks to a very special movement powering retrograde hour, variable-speed minutes and an on-demand performance by three butterflies fluttering around the dial in a delightful airborne dance
To celebrate the 85th birthday of its iconic model, the Vallée-de-Joux manufacture brings us the Reverso Classic. Its small rectangular steel case (34mm x 21mm) fits feminine wrists to perfection, whether on an alligator strap or a steel bracelet.
Roger Dubuis Glamour
This manufacture used the SIHH to show off its artistic talents and its love of women. The new series of Velvet watches draws on the charms of Hollywood movie stars for its inspiration, with the Blossom Velvet evoking sensual womanhood in full bloom.