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Last week, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2014 took place in Geneva. A premier event for the fine watch community, SIHH is a platform for the world’s leading luxury watch brands from the Richemont Group to showcase their newest timepieces. Here are a few examples of daring designs we saw at the fair.
The Fifth Element In The Roger Dubuis Universe: Hommage
The figurative and literal signature of Mr. Roger Dubuis, the enduring “soulmaker” of the manufacture that bears his name and the man who first launched the Hommage collection in 1995, can be found on the watchmaker’s latest masterpiece. Debuting at SIHH 2014, The Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon with hand-made guilloché provides a stunning contemporary interpretation of a time-honored decorative aspect in a model driven by the innovative new RD100 movement.
An Updated Version To A Greubel Forsey Design
The Double Tourbillon Technique 30° Bi-color is a reinterpretation of the first Greubel Forsey invention, the Double Tourbillon 30°, which the watchmaker originally built into timepieces of more conventional styling and classic architecture. Greubel Forsey now offers a new way of appreciating the delicate subtleties of the invention with lovely contrasts between the platinum or 5N red gold of the case and the deep black chrome finish of the movement. Each version, platinum or gold, is made in a unique edition of only twenty-two timepieces. Both pieces are bi-color, but they have very different characteristics.
At Audemars Piguet, Haute Horology Has Never Felt Less Traditional
The Vallée de Joux’s last remaining family-owned watch brand is carrying on and turning out new complicated pieces that perfectly encapsulate Audemars Piguet’s pioneering spirit. Debuting at the SIHH 2014 Festival in Geneva, the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon in titanium and white ceramic, alongside the Millenary Minute Repeater in pink gold, fitted with Audemars Piguet’s incredibly precise, efficient and robust proprietary escapement. Experimenting with materials in science, bold new design motifs, and pure evolution, these pieces are as forward-thinking as they are representations of a rich heritage of complicated watchmaking.