Are we pumped for SIHH 2018 yet? Just like the “holiday shopping season” and beginning around the same time, it seems like the new-product announcements get earlier every year. With still more than a month to go, the 2018 models that we will get to see in Geneva in January have already started coming in. The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch industry trade show, just like its organizing body the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), has continued to grow and evolve each year, adding more brands as well as a day where the show is open to the public for the first time in 2017 – this time around, it will be Friday, January 19th, 2018. Now with a total of 35 brands, SIHH 2018 promises even more variety than in previous years.
You already know that SIHH is one of the two most important events for the watch industry, as its exhibitors – while much fewer than at the biggest industry trade show, Baselworld – represent many major and influential brands, and this is the time of year when they introduce their most important new products. Vis-à-vis Baselworld – where around 300 brands represent the breadth of the watch industry from high-end and mainstream to obscure startups – SIHH has always carefully maintained an image of exclusivity and “prestige.”
So, while a few brands do introduce models in the “mid-level luxury” range that the average person might be able to consider saving up for and possibly actually wearing… you can expect a lot of skeletonization, avant-garde designs, artisanal techniques and haute horology finishing, “high complications,” precious materials, and stratospheric prices. Haute horlogerie is in the name, after all. It has largely been a spectator’s show for fans of high-end watchmaking, but with recent industry trends emphasizing more “down-to-earth” (it’s all relative) models, some balance and variety can at least be hoped for.
The Richemont Group along with some independent brands long represented the handful of SIHH exhibitors. However, the show’s 2016 edition added a “Carré des Horlogers” section with nine “artisan-creators and independent workshops” and expanded that number in 2017. This year, the Carré des Horlogers brands are up to no fewer than 17, with the primary exhibitors (referred to as “Historic Maisons”) at 18 for a total, again, of 35. The primary exhibitors are joined by Hermes, and the Carré des Horlogers adds five brands with Armin Strom, DeWitt, Ferdinand Berthoud, Élégante by F.P.Journe, and Romain Gauthier. See the full list of exhibitors in the image above.
The manual wind P.3001/C Calibre movement has, as I said, four DLC covered stones and operates in 21,600vph. Power book is, you guessed it, three days between two barrels. Something else worth mentioning is that there is a seconds reset purpose, so when the time has been put the equilibrium ceases along with the seconds hand yields to zero.Moving to the Panerai Watches First Copy Replica LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 dialup, Panerai coated it with carbon nanotubes. What this has done is that it essentially allows the dial to consume more light and decrease reflection when improving the blackness of dial up and making the gloomy Superluminova on the palms and markers seem even more vivid. Since they couldn’t print or stamp on the dial, then the text and figures are applied directly onto the crystal that then gets the double-antireflective coating applied.The 49mm-wide case is water-resistant to 100M and is constructed of Carbotech, which can be a carbon-fibre based publication we have seen within some Panerai watches at the recent past. Thin sheets of carbon fiber are compacted at high pressures at a controlled temperature with a polymer named PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone), a procedure which binds the two and leaves the resulting product stronger.Seeing the integration of innovative materials in watch movements is something I’m looking forward to following carefully. Making the need for lubrication superfluous while boasting a 50-year guarantee is a good way for both Panerai and their Liboratorio Di Idee, or LAB-ID, division for attention, and that I doubt it is a claim they would make unless they believed safe that it’s realistic.It contains just two series-coupled mainspring barrels that collectively supply 8 days worth of power reserve, though you do just get a 3 Hertz operating frequency.
From a media perspective, Baselworld has tended to spread our resources very thinly in past years with simply too much to cover at once, so with some prominent brands having moved from Baselworld to SIHH, we can hope for some balance between the shows. Around 20,000 visitors are expected this year, and the FHH promises improved facilities and connectivity in order to make our job of bringing you high quality content more efficient – so we’ll see what that’s like in January. That’s just a glimpse into our point of view in preparing for the show.
We’ll continue providing news of new products ahead of the show – if mostly only renders and official product images from the brands with basic information before being able to see the watches in person to photograph and evaluate them in their glorious and gritty reality. SIHH 2018 runs from January 15th to the 19th, and again, the last day is open to the public with tickets on sale at the SIHH website. sihh.org