The Salon Internationale de Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH, featured this year again a stunning line-up of the most beautiful watches. More then recent years the brands seem to be in touch with their own DNA, which resulted in a very pure watches that truly represented their brand, rather than just a trend. In such a company it is hard to call favorites, yet there where still some watches that grabbed our attention just a bit more than others.
Santos de Cartier
Cartier brought back the Santos is a full-line up that included a full gold, steel-gold, and all steel model of this legendary watch. Notable differences are the newly shaped bezel, and the ability to switch easily between bracelet and straps. While the bracelet is very comfortable to wear, and can even be shortened in size by the owner without tools, the strap seems to be a better combination with the newly designed look of the icon. The cherry on top was the skeleton version that Cartier also introduced of the Santos.
IWC Tribute to Pallweber
To celebrate their 150th anniversary, IWC launched a large range of beautiful limited editions, yet the “Tribute to Pallweber” was the one that stood out. With its jump hour and jump minutes complication, it stayed very close to the design of the pocket watch it is based on. Combined with that typical clean design for which IWC is so well known, it is an eye-catcher for sure, yet one that is bound to keep your attention!
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S
Of course, we already knew the Aventador S, the watch with which Roger Dubuis marked the beginning of its partnership with Lamborghini. However, the two new varieties that the brand introduced at the SIHH proof once again what a difference color and material choices can make. Especially the pink gold version appealed to us, as it combines the sporty character of the carbon case with the rich look of the pink gold, giving it a distinct contrast.
Baume et Mercier Baumatic
Manufacture movement, 5-day power reserve, and very competitively priced at $2.500,-: the Baume et Mercier Baumatic was one of the most talked about watches of the 2018-edition of the SIHH. It is also an important watch, not only for Baume et Mercier but also for the watch world as a whole, as for many people, a watch like this can serve as an entry point into the world of the Haute Horlogerie.
Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P
With the Altiplano Ultimate 910P does Piaget hold once more the record for the slimmest automatic watch in the world. With a thickness of only 4.3mm, it is indeed a mechanical marvel, one that is realized thanks to its peripheral rotor. Quite an achievement as the difference with the previous record holder, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo automatic, which was introduced last year, is an impressive 0.85mm. On the wrist the watch feels light and is very comfortable, while the majority of its components can be admired from the dial side.