Taking place in Geneva this week, is the highlight of the watch industry’s year: Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. This year in particular marks many brands important anniversaries, with Audemars Piguet celebrating 25 years of the Royal Oak Offshore Collection, A. Lange & Sohne marking the death of Walter Lange, and IWC celebrating their 150th birthday. Here are the highlights from Day 1:
Montblanc goes hiking
Taking inspiration from mounatin climbing, hiking and the great outdoors, Montblanc have equipped their newest pieces with functions and accents useful for climbers and outdoorsy people.
Unveiling the 1858 Geosphere, this tool watch features a dual time display with a world time display from both the North and South hemispheres. Add in the compass-like bi-directional bezel, and a tribute to the Seven Summits Challenge, and you have the most adventurous-looking watch of the week.
Freak Vision from Ulysse Nardin
As much as SIHH loves an inspirational Concept watch, the time and skill required to produce them ensures they never make regular production. So it’s no surprise to see Ulysee Nardin scaled back from the 10 innovations they gave us last year, to focus on the one super-wearable Freak Vision.
Now commercially available, the automatic Freak has a silicon and nickel escape wheel, ensuring feather-lightness, along with a constant Anchor Escapement.
Audemars Piguet goes even thinner
The highlight of SIHH’s first day has to be Audemars Piguet’s paper-thin Royal Oak. Breaking records for being the thinnest automatic watch in the world, it’s in-house 5133 calibre measures just 2.89mm, and the case only 6.30mm. Understandably, this classic perpetual calendar has finally been revealed after over 5 years in the making.