SIHH 2015

SIHH 2015 : Time for a recap !

by Guillaume V - 28/01/2015

SIHH 2015 ended 5 days ago, it’s now time for a quick recap.

Even if the Swiss franc’s rise caused some instability in the economic climate, the atmosphere of the show did not seem too impacted. Fabienne Lupo, SIHH’s CEO, corroborates this :

“The show went well in spite of the announcement the SNB (Swiss National Bank) made a few days before kick-off. We were all waiting to see how markets would react. Rumours have been reassuring: markets reacted well and no impact has been noticed on orders.”

Admissions increased by 4%: they do not seem to have been affected by the sudden increase in the value of the Swiss franc. Indeed, more than 15,000 visitors made it to the exhibition to admire the new items presented by the 16 particapting watchmakers.

News Taking a closer look at this topic, it appears that innovations have been plentiful (see below list) and if some brands were a bit of a disappointment in this matter, others managed to hold their own. Now that the dust settled down, it is time to bring the focus on the watches and brands which - in our opinion - really stood out.

The Montblanc house is one of them: their new items - classical, elegant and affordable - may well overshadow Baume & Mercier whose watchmaking expertise is yet considerably longer. To top it all, Montblanc was the first brand to announce a few days before the start of the exhibition a new alternative - and interesting - solution to smartwatches : the e-strap !

When it comes to exceptional complications, two fascinating items were presented: the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Moon.

The former rings on-demand every hour, tens of minute and minute. The latter is simply mesmerizing with its Sphérotourbillon located at 9 o’clock.

In addition, the Jaeger-LeCoultre house presented additional items on the Sky and stars theme as you can see in the below video - “The Origin of Time" - published by the brand.

As for chronographs, we found the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph - which broke two thinness records - particularly attractive. We also really liked the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Calendar : it combines a chronograph function with a perpetual calendar - two complications particularly enjoyed by watch enthusiasts.

A feminine touch Amongst the number of women watches presented this year, the Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur caught our eye. Its aesthetic and poetic qualities are undeniable, but this watch has the additional benefit of offering an amazing mechanical complexity.

Indeed, its flying tourbillon is located in the heart of a painted magnolia - opening every 5 minutes to showcase the said tourbillon. In addition, as the magnolia opens, the tourbillon goes up noticeably so that it can be observed from every angle. The opening may also be triggered manually thanks to a 9 o’clock push button.

Finally, even if they seem less spectacular, other announcements still caught the attention of enthusiasts including the reworking of the Portugaise collection from IWC - rebranded Portuguieser - and that of the iconic Lange 1 collection from A. Lange & Söhne.

Summary Discover below the list - sorted by brands - of the main innovations announced at the SIHH 2015 :

 

  • Audemars Piguet Millenary Remontage Manuel
  • Audemars Piguet Millenary Quadriennium
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak RD1 Concept
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Tourbillon Chronographe
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Offshore Tourbillon Chronographe

 

  • Baume & Mercier Clifton Grande Date Réserve de Marche
  • Baume & Mercier Hampton Automatic
  • Baume & Mercier Classima

 

  • Cartier Clé
  • Cartier Rotonde Quantième Annuel
  • Cartier Rotonde Astrotourbillon Squelette
  • Cartier Rotonde Grande Complication
  • Cartier Rotonde Tourbillon Lové
  • Cartier Rotonde Double Tourbillon Mystérieux
  • Cartier Crash Squelette
  • Cartier Ballon Bleu Serti Vibrant

 

  • Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24°
  • Greubel Forsey GMT Black

 

 

  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Cadran Météorite
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Moon
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à quantième Lunaire
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Unique Travel Time
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon 39
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique Quantième PerpétuelJaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Calendar
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Date
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 1931 Seconde Centrale
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Date
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Perpetual Calendar
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day

 

  • Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed E-strap
  • Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time
  • Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim
  • Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel
  • Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph
  • Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Vasco da Gama
  • Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel Vasco da Gama
  • Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Complet Vasco da Gama
  • Montblanc Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama
  • Montblanc Villeret Metamorphosis II
  • Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum
  • Montblanc Heritage Spirit Date Automatic
  • Montblanc Star Roman Petite Seconde

 

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  • Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette
  • Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Edition Spéciale Météorite
  • Parmigiani Bugatti Mythe
  • Parmigiani Bugatti Victoire
  • Parmigiani Bugatti Révélation

 

 

  • Ralph Lauren Automotive
  • Ralph Lauren Automotive Squelette
  • Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronographe
  • Ralph Lauren RL67 Safari Chronomètre

 

  • Richard Mille RM 61-01 Yohan Blake Limited Edition
  • Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur

 

  • Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Tourbillon Volant Squelette
  • Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Tourbillon Volant Squelette
  • Roger Dubuis Excalibur Squelette Or Rose
  • Roger Dubuis Excalibur Brocéliande

 

  • Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaire Espérance
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaire Désir
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaire Amour

 

  • Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronographe
  • Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronographe Tourbillon
  • Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronographe Grande Complication Ultra-plat
  • Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time