Even though the Geneva Watch Days 2020 have come and gone, we’re still thinking (dreaming) about many a timepiece we spotted there.
Seeing as how COVID-19 has affected just about every industry imaginable, it’s hard to picture anyone wanting to host and organise trade shows and events in the near future. But then came Geneva Watch Days (GWD), the first and only trade show for timepieces to happen in 2020.
Given the eventual demise of Baselworld and the uncertainty of Watches & Wonders, it was time for GWD to step up to the plate. In total, there were more than 20 watchmakers and brands at the trade show. However, many are already part of GWD, which includes Breitling, Bulgari, Bovet, De Bethune, H.Moser & Cie., MB&F, and Ulysse Nardin to name a few.
If these names are familiar to you, then you’re going to want to scroll down to read more after this.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.
Bulgari makes a big statement at Geneva Watch Days 2020, releasing five new watches. The first is the Bulgari Aluminium, a timeless icon from the Italian watchmaker; the ultra-slim Octo Finissimo S is also back, now with a satin-polished steel case; there is also a tourbillon chronograph option with a skeleton detail. Women aren’t left out as the Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon also makes an appearance being the smallest women’s tourbillon in the market. Lastly, the Gerald Genta Arena Bi-Retro Sport. Genta has been a part of Bulgari since the year 2000 and it’s now ready for a comeback.
(Image credit: Bulgari)
After the success of its Self-winding Flyback chronograph in January 2020, H. Moser & Cie is kicking things up a notch with a new Streamliner Centre Seconds. Being only the second model in the entire collection, it picks up where the predecessor left off. It features the same rounded curves, drawing references to the first high-speed trains from the 1920s 1930s. You’ll find a seamless transition from the bracelet to the case, all of which are wrapped in stainless steel. But the dial is where your attention is drawn to and rightfully so given its brand-new and uniquely elegant fumé dial, bathed in Matrix Green.
(Image credit: H. Moser & Cie)
De Bethune is back once again and this time with three new additions to its DB28 collection. This is in commemoration with the collection’s 10th year anniversary. First up is the DB28 XP, which utilises polished titanium to its fullest extent. The XP Tourbillon is up next with a silver-toned, hand-guilloche barley-corn motif dial as well as an ultra-light tourbillon. Lastly, it’s the XP Starry Sky, which houses a titanium dial with ‘microlight’ decorations. A De Bethune innovation, the XP Starry Sky features white-gold stars speckled across the starry blue dial.
(Image credit: De Bethune)
While it isn’t a watch, an exception can be made for MB&F and its 13th collaboration with Swiss clockmaker, L’Epée 1839. Known simply as Trinity, it’s the second of a trilogy of half-animal and half-robot creations that MB&F calls Robocreatures. The name originates from in the trios that make up its form — three legs, three insect-eye spheres, and three movement levels comprising the creature’s mechanical body. Given its unique design, it features a minimalist clock that is suspended between three delicate insect-like legs.
(Image credit: MB&F)
Girard-Perregaux brings out not one, not two, and not even three new timepieces to Geneva Watch Days, but five in total. First up is the Free Bridge alongside the Free Bridge Infinity edition. It features a distinctive arrow-shaped Neo bridge that spans the base of the dial while upholding the Maison’s iconic arrow-shaped bridge design. Next is the Laureato Infinity Edition with a polished black onyx dial and surrounded by steel. Also draped in polished black onyx is the 1966 Infinity Edition with a classic and minimalist look. The Vintage 1945 Infinity Edition is also here with a polished black onyx look to go with its timeless, rectangular shape. Last, but certainly not the least, is the Cosmos Infinity Edition. It features three exceptional complications — a lyre-shaped Tourbillon cage, a terrestrial globe, and a celestial globe.
(Image credit: Girard-Perregaux)