The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie or SIHH 2017 is just a week away, starting on 16 January 2017. It is an annual trade event held in Geneva, and recognised as the world’s most luxurious watch exhibition next to Baselworld. The highly exclusive affair is not a public one, except for the last day where doors are opened to visitors between 11am – 6pm via ticket entry. On the other days, each visitor has to be registered by an exhibitor brand to be allowed in.
SIHH has been around for 27 years, with its first edition in 1991. Five brands initially took part, namely Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Piaget, Gérald Genta and Daniel Roth. The event began with talks and round-table discussions regarding fine watchmaking and the luxury industry in 1993. Throughout the years, various watch brands came and left, but SIHH continued to explore and experiment. That led to last year’s edition, which showcased a fresh, new interior design concept at the exhibition for a more holistic experience.
With SIHH being one of the two most exciting fine watchmaking events in the world next to Baselworld, you can imagine the excitement buzzing through the veins of collectors and enthusiasts this year, when even mere admirers like us are already all wound up with the preview pieces. Click through for a sneak peek of nine watches revealed pre-SIHH 2017.
IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Automatic 36 in stainless steel (IW458312)
Swiss luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen creates some beautiful models exclusively for their female customers, one of which is the Da Vinci Automatic 36 in stainless steel (IW458312). The timepiece has three hands and comes in gold or stainless steel, with options to include diamonds and your choice of coloured alligator leather straps by Santoni.
IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 (IW459307)
A ladies’ watch with a moon phase display is returning to the Da Vinci family with the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 (IW459307). The moon phase design was first used in the legendary Portofino collection in 1984 and has been well-loved since. For the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36, you can choose from three models — red gold with a bronze-coloured alligator leather strap; stainless-steel case with 54 diamonds on the bezel and a dark brown alligator leather strap; or stainless steel with a dark blue alligator leather strap. All models have silver-plated dials and are 3 bar water-resistant.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Sonatina Large
Jaeger-LeCoultre will present the Rendez-Vous Sonatina Large, fitted with a new function — a chime that will sound at the appointed hour. You can set this hour by moving the mysterious little star around the dial, and the sound produced is a delicate tinkle of a single hammer strike. The watchmakers are also introducing a moon phase, yellow and rose gold options, a larger size and elegant new straps; all reflections of the Rendez-Vous’ worldwide popularity among art, design and watch lovers alike.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day
This classic piece is revealed in a new light, where you can choose between three sizes and a number of material choices including yellow gold. The straps can be made of steel, ostrich or alligator leather and is available in a spectrum of colours to suit your mood or #ootd.
Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Edition
Piaget will be featuring a very special piece at SIHH 2017 — the 60th Anniversry Edition of the Piaget Altiplano. There are two versions of this piece, the Piaget Altiplano Self-Winding 43mm (G0A42105) and the Piaget Altiplano Manual-Winding 38mm (G0A42107). Both are designed with a sunburst dial in the iconic Piaget blue, a deep shade somewhere between cobalt and midnight blue. Both are ultra-thin, measuring only 2.35mm each. Minimalist and pure, the Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Edition pieces are beautiful watches that exude an understated elegance that’s alluring at the same time.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Essential 36 Automatic
Another one in striking blue, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Essential 36 Automatic has a black DLC-treated titanium case with 48 blue sapphires set in its bezel. The watch is equipped with the RD830 calibre and a 22K pink gold rotor that can be seen through the transparent sapphire crystal case-back, and has a 48-hour power reserve. For an elegant finishing touch, the strap is made of blue alligator leather and fitted with a DLC-treated titanium folding buckle. With the brand’s mantra Dare to be Rare, this model is a 28-piece only limited edition.
Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition
For the very first time in its watch collection, Montblanc will unveil new vintage-inspired timepieces that use bronze at SIHH 2017. The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition has a champagne dial with a sun-ray finishing to match the bronze colour of the case. Other features to note include the historic cathedral-shaped hands and beige Super-LumiNova markings for easy legibility even at night. Its case is a 44mm full-satinated bronze one with a bronze-coloured titanium case-back, and cognac alligator leather straps crafted at the Montblanc Pelleteria in Florence complete the overall vintage look.
Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time
Reminiscent to Montblanc’s Minerva timepiece from the 1930s, the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time has a traditional black dial. Its hands are cathedral-shaped and the Super-LumiNova Arabic numerals are beige. The 44mm satinated stainless steel case features a bronze bezel and crown, further enhancing the vintage look and feel of this piece.
The watch is powered by the Calibre MB29.19 and features a dual time complication with a home time indication and a day/night display. An authentic Montblanc logo from the 1930s on the dial and a brand new cognac-coloured calfskin strap completes the look in the vintage theme.
Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Hour watch Calibre 9983 MC
Sleek and incredibly sexy, this timepiece by Cartier is one we’d love to get our hands on. The 42mm palladium-cased beauty has a beaded crown, set with a sapphire cabochon. Its dial features skeletonised bridges in the shape of Roman numerals and has sword-shaped hands in rhodium-finish steel. Black alligator skin is used to create the luxurious strap while the buckle is a folding 18-carat white gold. More sapphire is used as the crystal and case-back, bringing the total number of jewels incorporated to 27 pieces. This timepiece is water-resistant to 3 Bar and has a minimum power reserve of 48-hours.