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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 knockout novelties we saw at the fair.
Hublot Presents Pop Art For You Time Keeping Ladies
Swiss watchmaker, Hublot, debuted four new women’s watches, all 100% Pop Art-inspired. Just as Andy Warhol re-imagined the iconic Marilyn Monroe onto a screen-printed canvas in seriously loud colors of pink, blue, purple, and even candy-apple green, the contemporary watchmaker keeps the same concept in this collection of luxurious watches.
These are playful, fun watches, perfect for collectors, and yet their design is that of the iconic Big Bang 41 mm, featuring a bezel set with 48 baguette precious stones: topazes for the blue, amethysts for the purple, sapphires for the pink, and tsavorites for the green, plus dials with multi-colored counters reminiscent of a painter’s palette. Each timepiece is completed with a strap consisting of colored alligator skin sewn onto tone-on-tone rubber for comfort and flexibility.
The Pocket Watch Makes A Strong Comeback at Panerai
Panerai debuted two stunning timepieces: The Pocket Watch Three Days Oro Rosso 50mm and the Pocket Watch Three Days Oro Bianco 50mm. Both are in gold, and both are extremely elegant special-editions of only 50 units each.
It’s difficult to deny for any style enthusiast that the pocket watch has represented the most elegant and sophisticated of all of men’s accessories over time. The case of the new Panerai pocket watches has the simple, perfect cushion shape of the Radiomir, the first of the prototypes that date from 1936.
Available in red gold and white gold, each polished case is 50 mm in diameter, and has a single gold bow surrounding the winding crown at 12 o’clock, instead of the classic wire strap attachments. The new pocket watches reproduce the construction that has been typical of Panerai dials since the 1930s. Completely original with every detail designed by Officine Panerai is the 40cm long watch chain, the design of which is inspired by nautical chains. Like the case, it is made entirely in red gold or white gold, terminated by two hooks of the same material which engage easily and securely.
An Out-of-This-World Timepiece from Romain Jerome
Accessorizing with a wristwatch that displays parts of meteorites, specifically the rarity that is chrondites, well, only watchmaker Romain Jerome has dreamt this and actually created it. Found in the dial of 1969 Meteorite, is a true heirloom of a satin-finished steel piece. The other 1969 pieces consist of an array of another matter, silicon, that which makes up 90% of Earth’s crust. Each piece in the 1969 collection feature a small seconds counter near 9 o’clock on each dial replicating the visor used by astronauts when landing on the moon.
In addition to this luxurious science experiment, the use of Superluminova gives the second hand of the watches a vivid blue glow when ensconced in darkness. “Moon Silver,” a silver alloy created by the brand to mimic the moon’s surface covers the case back of the watch, for added treasure.