The 28th edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie or SIHH was all about reviving the charm of the classical era, but with subtle contemporary twists. Replete with complications like moonphase, perpetual calendar, world timer and chronograph, each brand had a tale to narrate. From seeking inspiration from pocketwatches and pendulum clocks to experimenting with interchangeable straps and new materials, the Geneva watch fair did not disappoint despite the slowdown in the luxury sector
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak RD #2
This new timepiece from the La Brassus-based manufacturer is a combination of complications and ultra-thinness. Developed over five years, the watch is fitted with the new ultra-thin 5133 calibre with a perpetual calendar, which is a mere 2.89mm in thickness. Crafted entirely in platinum, the Royal Oak RD#2 is currently the thinnest self-winding perpetual calendar on the market.
Price: On request
A. Lange & Sohne Triple Split
The only split-seconds chronograph in the world that allows multi-hour comparative time measurements, the new Triple Split in white gold was one of the highlights at SIHH 2018. Additional rattrapante hands on the minute and hour totalisers make it possible to stop lap and reference times of events that last as long as twelve hours. Available in a limited edition of 100 pieces.
Price: Rs 1.09 crore approx.
Cartier Santos de Cartier
Originally created in 1904, at a time when round watches were the norm, the Santos is easily distinguished as one of the pillars of the Cartier family. The icon has been updated this year, but retains its original square shape. It’s available with interchangeable straps in steel, gold, calfskin or alligator leather, and has a QuickSwitch system that is yet to be patented.
Price: Rs 5 lakh onwards (depending on model)
Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Complete Calendar
A classic watch for the modern, discerning male, the new timepieces in the FiftySix collection are revamped interpretations of the iconic reference 6073, launched in 1956. Inspired by the Maltese cross, the watches in stainless-steel or pink gold are fitted with in-house movements, which showcase a pink-gold openworked oscillating rotor with the emblematic logo.
Price: Rs 23 lakh approx.
IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”
To celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary this year, the Schaffhausen-based watchmaker unveiled three limited-edition “IWC Tribute to Pallweber” wristwatches with jumping numerals, as part of the Jubilee collection. This is also the first time the watches feature a digital hours and minutes display in a wristwatch, seeking inspiration from the original 19th century IWC pocketwatches.
A total of 25 watches will be made in platinum (041.2 lakh approx.), 250 in red gold (026.09 lakh approx.) and 500 in stainless steel (016.47 lakh approx.)
Hermes Carré H
The French maison made an impressive debut at the Geneva fair, mostly thanks to the Carré H. Originally launched eight years ago, the Carré H, a square timepiece created by Marc Berthier, was an instant hit for its modern aesthetic. It has returned this year with a larger case and is fitted with an in-house movement with a 50-hour power reserve.
Price: Rs 4.46 lakh approx.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph WT
Inspired by the iconic Memovox Polaris watch from 1968, Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed a new collection to join the brand’s existing pillars. Of these, the Polaris Chronograph WT, with an in-house movement, features two chronograph pushers with an additional crown at 10 o’clock to control the rotating city disc, which allows the user to set the current time of the location as well as to observe the time in 23 other cities around the world.
Price: Rs 9.4 lakh approx.