The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, better known as SIHH, which ran its course in Geneva last week, was the watch fair’s final appearance in January. It was announced that 2020 would see it collaborating with Baselworld, tying both watch fairs with a back-to-back schedule slated for late April and early May, in a bid to strengthen their lineup. Still, this year’s edition of SIHH gathered 18 of Switzerland’s finest watchmakers — a large crop from the stable of luxury group Richemont — along with 17 independent names.
Once again, the horology fair’s renowned splicing of age-old craft and forward-thinking technology brought forward a battle of supremacy. New ideas and collections posited headlining wares where the latest innovations were applied. Groundbreaking materials were introduced: Girard-Perregaux with the world’s first carbon glass case; IWC with a substance that toes the line of titanium and ceramic. Extremes in sizing were explored, with downsized classics becoming a full-fledged trend of its own. Cartier presented the minis to its Panthere de Cartier and Santos Dumont silhouettes, while independent watchmaker Greubel Forsey showcased its most minuscule technical design yet.
From the current trailblazers of the blue dial trend to the cohort of entirely new lines, above, click through T’s definitive round-up of the 28th edition of SIHH.
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