Relishing Time at SIHH18 Watch Fair Geneva
SIHH18 – International De La Haute Horlogerie
This year the 28th edition of the “International De La Haute Horlogerie” exhibition took place in Geneva. Also known as SIHH, this year the event achieved a record attendance of just under 20,000 visitors over 5 days and welcomed six new watch companies – Hermès and at the Carré des Horlogers, Armin Strom, Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud, DeWitt, élégante by F.P.Journe and Romain Gauthier.
This brought the total number of exhibitors to 35, including 18 Historic Maisons and 17 brands in the Carré des Horlogers. Previously the preserve of industry specialists and journalists, this year SIHH also welcomed the general public on Friday 19th January and over 2,500 people came to enjoy the show.
A Platform For New Developments and Stories
SIHH had plenty of exciting stories to share about developments in the watch industry. Constantly evolving, technology driven in some parts yet steeped in tradition and craftsmanship on the other, the watch industry is like no other.
To tell the time you don’t even need a watch these days as everyone has a phone. However, there is something really special about owning a timepiece – especially a time piece that is a work of art, or beautiful to behold. At SIHH you could find a plethora of watches to suit everyone’s desires and even ones costing close to CHF 1 million!
Some Watches Which Caught Our Eye
There were so many watches to view, you really needed 365 days rather than 5 to take them all in – but here are three to give you a tiny taster!
IWC Pocket Watch
IWC from Schaffhausen’s announced their new pocket watch which harks back to the traditional Pallweber pocket watches from the late 1800s. Maybe this is a trend which will be catching on. In any case you need to be quick to catch one of these as the edition is limited to 50 pieces!
This is a photo of the original pocket watch upon which it is based:
Baume & Mercier New Baumatic Caliber Anti-Magnetic Watch
Baume & Mercier unveiled the new Clifton Baumatic watch with amazing new technology by the Richemont Group aimed to provide you with a more reliable, durable anti-magnetic timepiece, that keeps time just that little bit more precisely. Perfect for Switzerland where even an 1/8 of a second is the difference between catching a tram and not! All this for around CHF 2,750.
Ulysee Nardin Freak
At CHF 95,000 the Freak Vision by Ulysses Nardin offers an extremely beautiful watch, full to busting with the most cutting-edge technology, as I’m sure you’d expect at this price! A very handsome and streamlined watch.
Photos courtesy of SIHH and the respective Watch Houses
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