SIHH took place in Geneva, Switzerland over the past week, giving some of the world’s top brands the opportunity to showcase their new season novelties.
Whilst traditional watchmaking remains largely unaffected by the invent of smartwatches thanks to the skill, detail and expertise required to create such timeless pieces, there is one element that has infiltrated the design process: interchangeable straps. This year, several brands introduced styles that were able to be customised.
Hublot presented the new updates of it Big Bang One Click Sapphire style, Vacheron Constantin‘s Dual Time model will be delivered to clients with two or three straps and its Perpetual Calendar will also have the interchangeable strap option. Over at Cartier, the brand announced that its famed Santos de Cartier timepiece has been updated with a QuickSwitch function that allows customers to switch between a leather or metal bracelet simply by pressing a button a button on the back of the watch and Panerai revealed its new Quick Release System on its Luminor Due styles for easy personalisation.
Vacheron Constantin’s Dual Time in rubber
Hublot’s Big Bang One Click Sapphire in Pink
Cartier’s Santos de Cartier
Luminor Due by Panerai
Cartier delivered one of the most mesmerising pieces during the week: the Révélation D’une Panthére. Five years in the making, the piece features 900 tiny gold beads that seemingly melt into the face of a panther on the watch face with a flick of the wrist. The design has two patents, one for the liquid inside the watch face that allows the beads to rise and fall and another for the glass.
Révélation D’une Panthére by Cartier
Another breathtaking piece came courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels‘ new Lady Planétarium novelty. The numbered design is completely new for the house — it was started from scratch three years ago — and features the solar system on the watch face. The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Moon all revolve around the dial in the exact sequence they follow in reality, meaning, for example, that it will take 365 days for the Earth to fully rotate around the face.
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Planétarium
Vacheron Constantin was the final presentation we attended during the week and its new Métiers d’Art collection was a standout from the week. Inspired by the first hot air balloon flights taken in France between 1783 and 1785, there are five limited edition pieces, each of which tells a different story through the hand-engraved motif on the dial.
Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art novelty
Ulysse Nardin‘s new year offerings were predominantly male-focused however its new women’s watch features an all-new design. The Classico Jade Fifth Anniversary model is launching in a round case this year which is a distinct departure from its usual elliptical-shaped design.
Ulysse Nardin’s Classico Jade Fifth Anniversary model
Cartier also introduced the Crash Radieuse that is limited to just 50 pieces which feature a ripple design case that’s new for the brand, as well as the Baignoire Interdite style that is designed with the traditional oval watch face flipped on its side.
Crash Radieuse by Cartier
Parmigiani was among them with its Kalparisma Nova Galaxy model that has been reimagined in rose and white gold casings with a dial made from Aventurine glass that mimics the shimmer of the night sky when moved.
Parmigiani’s Kalparisma Nova Galaxy novelty
Over at IWC, the brand debuted the new Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 which features a dark blue sky dial that displays either a gold or silver moon and stars depending on the time of the day.
IWC’s Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36
Jaeger-LeCoultre also brings the sky to your wrist this year with its Rendez-Vous Night and Day Automatic novelty that features a day/night indicator on the dial that shows either a sun or the moon and stars, reflective of the present time.
Rendez-Vous Night and Day Automatic by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Piaget‘s presentation was an invitation to the sunny side of life and one of its most eye-catching new designs is the new range of Possession watches. Available in red, blue and green, the timepieces are finished with a diamond set bezel for the ultimate statement.
Piaget’s new Possession watches
Hérmes introduced colour, also — a new approach for the heritage brand. The Arceau Casaque novelty is the brand’s newest design, finished in bright red, yellow, green and blue.
Arceau Casaque by Hérmes