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It's a rarely attempted feat. By equipping a chronograph with a tourbillon regulator, watchmakers bring the quest for precision to the measuring of short intervals, two of the most important chronometric complications. Audemars Piguet is a past master in combining the two; Vacheron Constantin and Montblanc have also placed a tourbillon chrono at the heart of their collections for 2015. Having...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // SIHH 2015 // Monday, 26 January 2015

SIHH 2015 in 10 outstanding watches

Any important gathering of watches will invariably lead to a discussion on the timepieces that most caught the horophile's eye. The 2015 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie has been no exception. The verdict in ten outstanding watches. In watchmaking circles, definitions are often open to debate. What constitutes a "complication" is one such conundrum. The general consensus is...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // SIHH 2015 // Friday, 23 January 2015

The mechanics of time laid bare

Soon the stars of the watchmaking runway will have nothing but the barest of bones to express themselves with. But these skeletons aren't macabre; on the contrary, they offer vast areas of expression to the watchmakers who have managed to reinvent them. In 2015, skeleton watches are making their voices heard at the SIHH. While the art of skeletonization in watchmaking is very old, it underwent...

Michel Jeannot /

Trade fairs // Thursday, 22 January 2015

Gateway to the stars

For some considerable time, the simple calendar was considered an ancillary function; a necessary "gash" in the face of the watch. Until, that is, watchmakers realised how a large date could distinguish a dial, going on to make the annual calendar a carefully crafted focal point. The perpetual calendar's unloved little brother now has a horological pedigree of its own. At the Salon...

Christophe Roulet

Point of view // Thursday, 22 January 2015

Long live freedom

Once upon a time there was the Poinçon de Genève, a hallmark introduced in 1886 and already intended as an effective measure against counterfeiting. Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (the famous COSC), which certifies the precision of Swiss watches that meet its criteria, dates from 1973 in its present form. For a long time, the two set the standard and served as a reference for Swiss...

Franco Cologni

Trade fairs // Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Slim is in

Like the siren's song, watchmakers were lured by the temptation of XXL. Bigger, thicker, more imposing, watches were put on a diet of bodybuilding hormones. Not so today, as classic-sized timepieces mark their return. Piaget already gave a taste of things to come with last year's Altiplano 900P, yet another demonstration of the expertise behind the brand's impressive string of records for...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The SIHH confirms Geneva as a centre for watchmaking

On the one hand, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie which celebrates 25 years. On the other, a canton that has helped define the history of time measurement in Switzerland. The two combined ensure that the SIHH continues to play its foremost role in the watch segment, not only thanks to the firms that exhibit there, but also because the region offers a unique cluster of competencies...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Monday, 19 January 2015

6 watches that have marked the start of 2015

It’s the start of a brand new watchmaking year, and the tone will be set by the SIHH. While it’s too difficult to make out the main trends for the time being, we can nonetheless mention a few watches that already stand out from the rest. We have been lucky enough to discover some of them, while others remain a total mystery. But no matter; after all this selection is subjective. Audemars...

Thierry Brandt

Know How // Friday, 16 January 2015

Academic success for independent watchmakers

This year the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants is celebrating three decades of existence. Some of the most gifted names in contemporary watchmaking have emerged from this hotbed of talent. Vincent Calabrese, who co-founded AHCI with Sven Andersen, looks back at this thirty-year adventure. For any admirer of superlative timepieces, names such as Philippe Dufour, Kari Voutilainen,...

Christophe Roulet