The colors of time are featured at the latest Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.
CEOs from 35 exhibitors, business celebrities, retailers, and collectors attended the opening ceremony on Jan. 13 at the Palexpo Geneva Congress Center in Geneva, Switzerland.
More than 500 guests enjoyed sparkling bubbles, fine food, and networking as they shared their common passion for fine watchmaking against a backdrop of intense, bright hues. An estimated 20,000 people will visit the week-long event that ends on Jan. 17.
Exhibitors include Armin Strom, Christophe Claret, Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud, DeWitt, élégante by F.P.Journe, Grönefeld, H. Moser & Cie, Hautlence, HYT, Kari Voutilainen, Laurent Ferrier, MB&F, Ressence, Romain Gauthier, RJ, Speake-Marin, and Urwerk.
Here are some of the must-have timepieces, if it is in your price range:
Cartier Privé Tonneau collection
The Tonneau is one of the first wristwatch models Cartier created in 1906, just two years after the company introduced the Santos model, which Cartier argues to be the first watch ever made for the wrist.
Tonneau, which means “barrel” is also the shape of the watch. Many watches have been formed in the tonneau shape but the Cartier Tonneau is claimed to be one of the earliest.
The Privé Tonneau collection comprises of two sets of four models with alligator leather straps. They include Cartier Dual Time Zone Skeleton XL in platinum ($78,500) and 18k rose gold ($68,500). Both watches are powered with the in-house 9919 MC caliber and limited to 100 pieces in each style. There is also a platinum and baguette-cut diamond version limited to 20 pieces.
Cartier Tonneau Large in platinum limited to 100 pieces for $26,200 and in 18k rose gold for $22,400.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar
Girard-Perregaux’s Laureato houses a perpetual calendar, which is spread across a galvanic blue Clous de Paris dial. Days are shown at the 9 o’clock position while the pointer-type date display appears between the 2 and 3 o’clock positions. The month, on the other hand, appears through a large window at 6 o’clock, marked by an off-centered pointer at 5 o’clock. Leap years are indicated at 6 o’clock.
The unconventional dial is set in a 42mm stainless steel tonneau-shaped case with an octagon-shaped bezel, and round dial display. The watch is powered from GP01800-0033 automatic movement with a 54-hour power reserve.
Swiss-made Piaget Altiplano will unveil three new pieces from its iconic Altiplano collection, all with cosmic influences.
The 36mm Altiplano High Jewellery is a classic two-hand watch with baguette diamonds on the bezel and dial and a blue sunray-brushed dial. The quantity is limited to 88 pieces.
The Piaget 41mm white-gold Altiplano Tourbillon has a blue meteorite dial surrounded by a diamond-set bezel. The hours and minutes subdial is at 8 o’clock while the flying tourbillon is at two o’clock. The Widmanstätten patterns on the dial resemble crystallized nickel-iron structures naturally found in iron meteorites. The quantity is limited to 28 pieces.
The Piaget 40mm Altiplano is a classic two-hand watch with a grey meteorite dial and date window in a pink gold case. It is limited to 300 pieces.