A Look Back At The Watches of Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie 2017
Next week the highly anticipated Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève, or ‘SIHH’ for short will be returning to the birthplace of the luxury watch to host one of the most popular watch fairs of the year.
The SIHH is an event used by many watch manufacturers like Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Piaget, Audemars Piguet and many more, to display and introduce new models, limited edition timepieces and best sellers to the horological community. To celebrate the SIHH 28th edition, we’ve taken a look back at last year’s collection and chosen our most memorable and wearable SIHH watches of 2017.
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The SIHH dates: Monday 15th January 2018– Friday 19th January 2018, (public viewing is restricted to Friday 19th January between 11am and 6pm)
- Richard Mille RM 50-003 Tourbillon Split seconds Chronograph Ultra light McLaren F1
The RM50-003 Tourbillon is an intelligent and intricately designed chronograph, which currently holds the title for the lightest split seconds chronograph in the world, weighing only 40 grams altogether. Richard Mille is renowned for creating highly technical wristwatches to withstand the stresses and impact of competitive and intense sports like tennis and F1 racing.
The first McLaren wristwatch by Richard Mille, a manual tourbillon, features a new case material called ‘Graph TPT’. The new casing material helps to ensure the watch achieves its ultra light and ultra resistant qualities. Richard Mille has only created 75 RM 50-003’s, so it’s a watch many of us won’t get the opportunity to appreciate in the flesh *sigh*!
Credit: Richard Mille
- Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Black Ceramic (Ref. 26579CE.00.1225CE.01)
Our next memorable timepiece of SIHH 2017 is the self-winding Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in black ceramic. The attractive wristwatch exhibits all the classic features of an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak timepiece, the hexagonal ceramic bezel with screws, the “Grande Tapisserie” patterned dial and bracelet (ceramic) with an AP folding clasp (titanium).
The slate grey dial features day, date, month, astronomical moon and week of the year indicators, allowing the wearer to enjoy a wealth of information at just one glance. This particular piece emits an understated attractive appeal, and is a refreshing addition to the Royal Oak collection.
Credit: Audemars Piguet
- Cartier Drive Extra Flat (Ref. WGNM0007)
Now if this were a list of top unique picks, we would definitely include the MB&F “Aquapod”. However, we’ve chosen a selection of watches that you can wear day-to-day. So with that in mind, we’ve chosen the clean and sharp Cartier Drive Extra Flat.
The classic-looking and sophisticated wrist watch features bold black Roman numeral hour markers and the iconic Cartier blue hands. The satin-brushed dial compliments the smooth 38mm white gold case and grey alligator strap perfectly. Although the ‘Drive De Cartier’ isn’t necessarily unique, the timepiece is a beautiful example of a timeless and stylish dress watch!
Credit: Monochrono and Horobox
Price: £14,800 (Limited Edition of 200 pieces)