The Best Watches Of SIHH 2015

SIHH 2015 Entrance

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and despite being rocked by the news that the Swiss National Bank would detach its currency exchange rate from the Euro, the prestigious watch fair enjoyed a year to remember. Rumours of cancelled orders circulating only days before the fair opened its doors turned into whispers as business and pleasure took turns leading the conversation. From five exhibitors sharing 4,500 square metres in 1991 to 16 Maisons occupying a surface ten times larger inside Palexpo Geneva, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie has come a long way in 25 years. SIHH 2015 showed signs of maturity, with a more subtle show, and a return to smaller watches with clear vintage codes. The year 2015 is without a doubt a grand cru, one for the ages, with highlights from several brands instead of a clear winner. In no particular order, here is our Top 10 watches of SIHH 2015:

 Cartier Reimagines An Icon
1 Cartier Reimagines An Icon

Far from being a disaster, the new Crash from Cartier showcases the Maison's savoir-faire. Born in 1967, following a car crash that transformed the shape of a Cartier Bagnoire, the accidental design of the Crash became an icon. It certainly divides opinion, but we are amongst those who love the Cartier Crash Skeleton. More on this watch later this week...

Vacheron Constantin Celebrates Another Milestone
2 Vacheron Constantin Celebrates Another Milestone

260 years can give you a lot of perspective. SIHH’s oldest member, Vacheron Constantin, showed that vintage was very much au gout du jour, with a brilliant homage to one of the brand’s 1920s chronographs.… READ MORE

 Chiming Technology is just about the coolest thing ever:
3 Chiming Technology is just about the coolest thing ever:

The sum of eight years of acoustic study, the RD1 prototype, developed in Audemars Piguets’ Le Brassus-based acoustic research lab in conjunction with the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), places equal emphasis on both time and sound, reinventing the minute repeater category in the process. READ MORE

Piaget Breaks Another Record
4 Piaget Breaks Another Record

How thin can you go? The dilemma is obvious for watchmakers; but the answer isn’t unfortunately. The Piaget Altiplano Chronograph offers a good idea though READ MORE

 Richard Mille Knows How To Please
5 Richard Mille Knows How To Please

Ever the gentleman, Richard Mille now offers women 30 hand-picked magnolia flowers, packaged inside his latest creation, the RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur… READ MORE

Panerai Surfaces With Carbotech Technology
6 Panerai Surfaces With Carbotech Technology

Panerai proclaimed its originality at SIHH through the debut of what it calls “carbotech,” a carbon-fiber composite material used in the brand’s latest diver READ MORE

Montblanc Goes Globetrotting
7 Montblanc Goes Globetrotting

The new Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum (from the Latin word for “Globe” and “Earth”) introduces the world time function by giving the wearer a bird’s eye view of Earth, with the North Pole at the center. It tells the hour in all 24 time zones, and keeps the dial legible, making it the perfect travel companion. READ MORE

A. Lange & Söhne Keeps It Simple
8 A. Lange & Söhne Keeps It Simple

Known for its understated watches, A. Lange & Söhne has made only very subtle changes to the Saxonia line which has thrilled fans since it was introduced 20 years ago. And that's a good thing...READ MORE

Meteorite dials trump all other dials
9 Meteorite dials trump all other dials

Jaeger-LeCoultre added a meteorite dial to its Master Calendar making it the first to be used within the context of a classic dress watch. The meteorite that Jaeger-LeCoultre uses derives from a single stone which has been registered in Sweden. It comes from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. READ MORE

IWC Schaffhausen Introduces Annual Calendar
10 IWC Schaffhausen Introduces Annual Calendar

Following five years of research and development, IWC Schaffhausen finally presented an eager crowd of journalists with its first annual calendar. And it was worth the wait...READ MORE

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