Since its inception in 1991, Geneva’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), earned its status as the world’s leading watchmaking exhibition, featuring a discerning showcase of the finest in luxury timepieces.
Celebrities and notable personalities mingled at the upscale event, where over 20 brands displayed their wares for 2018. Iconic century-old legends — such as Vacheron Constantin, Portugieser, and Jaeger — came together with newer players on the market to demonstrate the latest styles and sophisticated technologies.
Collectors and industry professionals started the year with a comprehensive look at the impressive technological innovations and painstakingly crafted details that continuously propel the watch industry forward. Here’s a look at some of our picks from this year’s SIHH releases.
In a partnership with Argentinian bootmaker Casa Fagliano, Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso introduces Reverso Tribute Duoface, a double-time-zone watch. The case features a dial on each side: a sun-brushed satin grey with gold-plated hour markers and dauphine hands reverses to a silver dial decorated with a Clous de Paris guilloché pattern, showing local time and a day-night indicator. A two-tone cordovan strap handmade by Casa Fagliano artisans exemplifies the values of traditional craftsmanship. This piece is available in a limited series of 100 editions. Water resistance 30 metres.
At Boutique Jaeger-LeCoultre Vancouver, (604) 266-8333
IWC Schaffhausen unveils five limited-edition Portugieser wristwatches to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary, combining the complicated functions of tourbillon with moon phase and date displays, and featuring its exclusive self-winding 51950 movement. The tourbillon consists of 82 parts, weighing only 0.635g. Day-of-week and date apertures are at 9 and 3 o’clock. The unique year display is at 8 o’clock. A moon-phase display and the month display dial are both at 6 o’clock. Power reserve seven days. Water resistance 30 metres.
At Lugaro Jewellers, (604) 925-2043, iwc.com
Parmigiani’s latest Kalpa watch shows a chronograph function and a new shaped movement bearing the hallmarks of Parmigiani Fleurier — the caliber PF362. Entirely developed and manufactured in-house over a period of six years, it offers hour, minute, small second and chronograph functions as well as a date display. Date display with digital numbers at 12 o’clock on the blue dial. Second hand in sector area at 6 o’clock, with a 65-hour power reserve. Water resistance 30 metres.
At Palladio, (604) 685-3885, parmigiani.com
Ulysse Nardin first introduces the Freak Vision Watch, building on the revolutionary techniques unveiled in the Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2 Concept Watch at SIHH in 2017. A super-light silicium balance wheel with nickel mass elements, stabilizing micro-blades, and a light and thin case combine in a sleek, innovative design. Time is displayed via the baguette movement, a “flying carrousel” rotating around its own axis, for a futuristic edge. Power reserve 50 hours. Water resistance 30 metres.
At Lugaro Jewellers, (604) 925-2043, ulysse-nardin.com
Vacheron Constantin introduces the limited edition Traditionelle Complete Calendar. Set in a platinum case, the timepiece features sandblasting, a minute track, and a platinum, sapphire-glass-topped dial with sword-shaped hands and a delicate platinum moon design. Apertures at 3 and 9 o’clock display the month and day of the week. A blued steel hand points to the date. The accurate moon-phase indication requires just one adjustment every 122 years. Power reserve 40 hours. Water resistance 30 metres.
At Palladio, (604) 685-3885, vacheron-constantin.com
Text by Kate Missine