Even though the world of horology seems to be in turmoil it is great to view what Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) has to offer. This amazing show is the first in the watch world calendar and a much more intimate event than Baselworld. It also concentrates solely on exclusive timepieces rather than jewellery. Previously the event has been dominated by the Richemont Group (who don’t exhibit at Baselworld) but this year there seem to be a lot more Avant-Garde brands attending. Here are six of my favourite timepieces (in no particular order) that illustrate the level of craftsmanship within the industry.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time
Jaeger-LeCoultre always produce something special for SIHH and this year is no exception. The Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time is a sublime looking watch that is designed for the most discerning collector. Dimensionally the timepiece has a luxurious solid platinum case measuring 43.5mm x 11.24mm. What makes this watch so remarkable is the intricate worldtimer dial with exposed flying tourbillon. Beneath the sensational façade lies a 42-jewel mechanical self-winding movement comprising 375 components.
Richard Mille RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1
If you are delighted by ultra modern timepieces, then you will be delighted by this years offering from Richard Mille. In my opinion the RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1 is an absolute show stopper. With a generous case measuring 44.50mm x 49.65 x 16.10mm this watch is designed to make a statement. What makes the timepiece so special is the combination of ultra light materials like carbon, titanium and a revolutionary new product called Graphene. This perfectly frames the exquisite skeletonized dial.
H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alpine Jumping Chain
H. Moser & Cie are a progressive watch brand and the sister company of Hautlence. In fact, their Swiss Alpine Jumping Chain timepiece looks remarkably similar to the HL2.4. This is because it shares the same mechanical self winding twin barrel HL2.0 calibre. What makes this watch so extraordinary is the exquisite rectangular case with curved sapphire crystal edges. Other eye catching features include a beautiful “Grand Feu” enamel dial with contrasting flame-blue retrograde hands.