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Updates and live news from SIHH in Geneva, including SIHH novelties presented live at the SIHH watch fair and a SIHH live blog from the SIHH show floor. Watchtime also publishes pre-SIHH coverage, analysis of the SIHH watches, SIHH technology features and a wide array of SIHH interviews and non-watch news.

Five Affordable Luxury Watches from SIHH 2014

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At the big watch shows, the brands tend to promote their halo products – the ones with all the bells and whistles, and the highest prices. These products also tend to grab the headlines because, let’s face it, “three-hand watch” is not as sexy as “triple titanium tourbillon.”  However in the real world, most of us will not purchase the triple tourbillon. Fortunately for those of us who don't have as much dough as Pizza Hut, several brands presented new and noteworthy watches in the … [Read more...]

Press Release: WatchTime E-Special: The Watches of SIHH 2014

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New York City (NY); America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has published its latest E-Special, "The Watches of SIHH 2014." This digital download edition contains WatchTime's complete coverage of the new watches, trends, and industry news from the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), an exclusive annual event for the luxury watch industry, which takes place in Geneva and showcases important watch brands premiering their latest watches. … [Read more...]

Press Release: WatchTime Wins Folio Fame Award For Its Annual Luxury Watch Event Series

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New York City (NY); America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, becomes the first watch magazine ever to win the USA’s leading media event award, the FOLIO Fame Award. The judges honored WatchTime’s ‘Inside Basel.Geneva’ (IBG) event series for its nine years of continuing success in attracting a large following of affluent watch collectors in several American cities. IBG received an award for "Best Expo" and an award for "Best Enthusiast Event",  making it the only luxury … [Read more...]

Beyond the ÜberWatches: 5 (Possibly) Overlooked New Watches from SIHH 2014

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At this year's SIHH, as per usual, the lion's share of buzz and attention went to a handful of "headliner watches," or, as we at WatchTime have dubbed them, "überwatches," even though most of the watch brands each released a dozen or more new products for 2014. And even when a brand doesn't have what we'd call an überwatch, it sometimes releases one piece so unexpected, off-the-wall, or controversial that it overshadows the rest of its new releases (Exhibit A: Last year's debut of the first … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Watch Insider’s Top Five Sport Watches

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On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I am assembling lists of my top five watches introduced at this year's SIHH in three categories: design, innovation and, today, my favorite sports watches. Keep in mind these are listed in alphabetical order, not ranked by preference. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014 ROUNDUP: 4 DAYS, 47 WATCHES

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At last week's SIHH 2014 in Geneva, we saw and covered so many new watches, we're concerned our readers might have missed some of our live updates. To make it easier for you to see everything we covered, we've created this handy recap with links to all 47 watches we covered over the watch fair's four days. Day One: The first day of SIHH saw the introduction of Baume & Mercier's first ever tourbillon, the Baume & Mercier Clifton 1892 Flying Tourbillon, as well as the Clifton … [Read more...]

The 3 Biggest Surprises at SIHH 2014

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I know, I know, you are supposed to expect the unexpected. Even so, I did not expect what Baume & Mercier, Greubel Forsey and Cartier unveiled at last week’s SIHH watch fair in Geneva. Here are the three biggest surprises of SIHH 2014. … [Read more...]

WatchTime.com: SIHH 2014 – 11 interviews with Watch Brand VIPs

New York City (NY); Watchtime.com, the website of America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, presents eleven audio interviews from the week of the 2014 SIHH: http://www.watchtime.com/blog/sihh/audio-watch-interviews-sihh-2014/. These interviews were conducted in Geneva by Alexander Linz (www.watch-insider.com), one of the world’s most popular watch bloggers and partner of watchtime.com. The interviews reveal the latest news on luxury watch brands exhibiting at the SIHH, including … [Read more...]

Photo Gallery: Touring the Luxury Booths of SIHH 2014

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The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), which took place last week in Geneva, is probably the world's most exclusive international watch fair, with an invitation-only guest list. As we did last year, WatchTime wanted to give our readers and diehard watch fans a peek inside those hallowed halls of horology, courtesy of these exclusive photos by our own Mike Disher. Click below to begin the tour... … [Read more...]

4 Artistic Watches From SIHH 2014

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High horology isn’t just about movements: it’s also about aesthetics. The watch brands at SIHH in Geneva called on a range of decorative techniques, such as guillochage, enameling, and skeletonizing, that can add as much to the cost of watch as can a notable manufacture movement. Here, four watches showcasing the skills that some high-end watch companies call the “metiers d’art.” … [Read more...]

Audio: 14 Watch Executive Interviews from SIHH 2014 (Updated)

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At this year's SIHH in Geneva, I spoke with 14 important figures, from 13 luxury watch brands, about the timepieces unveiled at the show and what each brand has in store for 2014. Follow the links below to hear the audio from these interviews, all conducted for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: My Top 5 SIHH 2014 Watches (For Now)

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The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) wrapped up yesterday in Geneva, and from the three days I was there earlier this week, I have compiled a preliminary Top Five list from the new watches that have been introduced there. … [Read more...]

Hublot Launches Tonneau-Shaped “Spirit of Big Bang” During SIHH 2014 Week

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After three days in the hallowed halls of the Geneva Palexpo, discovering new watches from the brands exhibiting at the 2014 SIHH, your WatchTime team ventured out to the Geneva hotels in which other watch companies were unveiling new products. The SIHH, which primarily but not solely, hosts brands owned by the Richemont Group, has become such a magnet for retailers and watch journalists worldwide that several other non-Richemont brands take advantage of the week to introduce new products ahead … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Zenith Pays Tribute to the Wright Brothers

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This year Zenith honors the Wright brothers with a watch issued in a 1,903-piece limited edition: the Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 GMT 1903. Of course 1903 is the year Orville Wright successfully flew the appropriately named “Flyer” over a distance of about 130 feet at the Kitty Hawk dunes in North Carolina. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Christophe Claret Poker

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Following the introductions of the 21 Blackjack and the Baccarat, this year Christophe Claret completes his trilogy of gaming watches with the Poker. For my money, this is the best of the three, both because the game it plays – Texas Hold ’em, is so compelling, and because the play on the watch is so realistic. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: New Men’s Watches From Vacheron Constantin

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After wooing the ladies with its new offerings at last year's SIHH, Vacheron Constantin turned its focus back to the male haute horlogerie connoisseur this year, and also threw a spotlight on the art of skeletonization, launching no less than six openworked timpieces: four in the brand's prestigious Metiers d'Art Collection and new, skeleton versions of two of its tourbillon watches, the Malte Tourbillon and Patrimony Traditonnelle 14-Day Tourbillon. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: A Small Selection of Images

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Each year I attend SIHH and like every digital camera owner, I take far more images than I will ever use. Some will appear in upcoming stories. Most will never appear on your screens. To break the monotony of endless posts about new watches, here are a few images selected for your enjoyment. They include people, places, and yes, a watch.   … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Collection

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Ninety years ago, Montblanc  launched a writing instrument that came to symbolize the brand: the Meisterstück. To celebrate the ninetieth anniversary, Montblanc is launching the Meisterstück Heritage Collection of wristwatches. The collection contains four models, each of which is a paradigm of classic design. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Richard Mille RM 63-01 Dizzy Hands

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From time to time, Watchmakers like to free us from the temporal demands our timepieces can place upon us, because every now and then, we all need to lose track of time. In years gone by, independent watchmakers Andreas Strehler and Thomas Prescher created wristwatches that told time only on demand - to learn the current time, you had to press a button. In 2011, Hermès gave us Le Temps Suspendu, which kept time until the  press of a button caused time to stop. This year, Richard Mille adds his … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Greubel Forsey QP à Équation

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The perpetual calendar timepieces on our wrists today are not only among the oldest horological complications, they are descended from devices used by the clergy during the Middle Ages to calculate seasonal feasts.  For 2014, Greubel Forsey will create a unique perpetual calendar combined with an Equation of Time, all in an easy to read and easy to use, though not necessarily easy to afford timepiece called the QP à Équation. … [Read more...]

3 Standout Skeleton Watches From SIHH 2014

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Skeleton watches — which show off the watchmaker's art by means of removing much of a watch's movement so that only its "bare bones" remains, and giving us a glimpse of it through a transparent dial — were not as much of a presence at this year's SIHH as in previous years. However, the few skeletonized timepieces (also referred to as "openworked") that did make their debut here were quite notable. (Vacheron Constantin, in fact, devoted many of its new releases to openworked styles; you'll … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: New Panerai Radiomir 1940 Tradition Chronographs

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Panerai's new product releases at SIHH 2014, unveiled to the press yesterday, were heavy on chronographs — and, as always with Panerai, heavy on paying tribute to the brand's illustrious and now well-known (to Paneristi, anyway) history as a supplier of tough diving watches to Italian naval commandos starting in the 1930s. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication

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If you’ve ever wondered when Jupiter will next be aligned with Mars, Van Cleef & Arpels has a watch that will tell you. Its new Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication watch has six rotating disks, each bearing a tiny sphere representing one of the six planets visible with the naked eye. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Piaget Altiplano 900P – Updated with Live Photos

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For more than half a century Switzerland’s Piaget has specialized in manufacturing ultra-thin mechanical watches and watch movements. Now it has produced what it says is “the thinnest mechanical watch ever.” The new Piaget Altiplano 900P has a total case thickness of 3.65 mm, 9.9 percent less than the thinnest mechanical watch currently on the market, the 4.05-mm-thin Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon – Live Images

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First unveiled in 2002 as a 30th anniversary tribute to the Royal Oak, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept watch is among the most anticipated launches at SIHH. Everyone knows it is coming – what will AP do this year? The answer for 2014 might come as a surprise, because the aesthetics would not likely be predicted. Here is a hint: white ceramic plays a major role.   The case takes the expected form.  The bright white ceramic bezel, and crown, pushpiece, and central … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon

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The tourbillon has long been something of an enigma. It is offered as the ultimate in timekeeping precision, and its owners pay dearly for a watch that is supposed to be the ultimate in accuracy. Yet because of its construction, tourbillon watches are almost impossible to set precisely – to the second- with the current time. That’s because they lack basics like stop-seconds and zero reset functions. Until now. With the 1815 Tourbillon, Lange presents the first tourbillon armed with these … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna

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There is never any doubt about which watch is A. Lange & Söhne’s  “hero” each year at SIHH. The brand presents it proudly in the center of its booth, scaled up to proportions even Panerai would not dream of. This year, it is the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna, though CEO Wilhelm Schmid told us that the 1815 Tourbillon gave the Terraluna a run for its money. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: 5 New Calendar Watches

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Yesterday, we showed you a handful of possibly overlooked new chronograph watches that have made their debut at the SIHH. Another popular and versatile complication, the calendar in all of its various types, has also been well-represented this year in Geneva, whether as part of a haute horlogerie array of complications or as the main attraction, in watches from a wide variety of brands. Here are a few that stood out in my first two days at the fair. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014 Live Photos: Dive Into IWC’s New Aquatimer Watches

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IWC's focus at this year's SIHH, as visitors to this site and to our sister blog, Watch-Insider.com, are already aware, is its Aquatimer line of luxury dive watches, which the brand has revamped with new design elements and technical details. Click here to read about the trio of new IWC Aquatimers whose details and images were released prior to the show, and scroll down to see some of the highlights of the collection revealed here in Geneva. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: 3 New Chronograph Watches

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As per usual, this year's SIHH watch fair has already yielded a number of super-high-end complicated watches with tourbillons, repeaters, and all manner of other horological magic. But let's not overlook the most popular complicated watch, the (relatively) humble chronograph; the watchmakers at Cartier, Roger Dubuis, and Jaeger-LeCoultre certainly didn't. … [Read more...]