With the economy back in business and exports on the rise again, brands are newly inclined to show off their capacity for innovation and imagination. Here are some of the watches from the stream of recent releases.
Xi Jinping’s call for “common prosperity” sent shudders through the stock market. This new policy, which portends a drop in purchasing power for the wealthiest Chinese, pushed down luxury share prices, which includes watch brands. What implications does this have?
Sporting by day, sophisticated by night, who's to say a man should be true to one watch only? Evidently not the makers, who cater to a gentleman's ever-changing moods with products that are ready for adventure or will complement his cufflinks. Be spoiled for choice at SIHH.
Twenty years ago, Michel Parmigiani, a man who has made restoration an art form, set up his own brand. One whose Senfine movement promises a "historic" new departure for watchmaking.
Fusée-and-chain transmission, tourbillon, chronograph, rattrapante and perpetual calendar… The Tourbograph Perpetual "Pour le Mérite" brilliantly associates five complications and takes classic Fine Watchmaking to its pinnacle.
Complications are, for watchmakers, a means of expressing their mechanical ingenuity and sense of innovation. Despite an economic climate that inspires prudence, a good many Maisons have chosen to shun simplicity. A round-up of what's on show at SIHH.