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What's new in the Carré des Horlogers? How about magnificent guillochage, splendid complications, a hefty dose of innovation and some not-what-you-expected designs. "Carré" may be French for square, these contemporary brands have no trouble thinking outside the box.
Among the useful functions lining the aisles at the 28th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, the chronograph is the standout complication. It confirms demand for robust, precise, reliable timepieces, and the enduring appeal of a sporty design.
Complications have traditionally been synonymous with functions. Now, with help from technology and engineering, the watch's exterior is becoming increasingly complex, sometimes going as far as to become one with the movement's mechanics.
Just how far will watchmakers push the boundaries? Ultra-thin watches reveal an unimaginable world of creative thinking and technical wizardry. Piaget has made thinness the spearhead of its mechanical expertise. Audemars Piguet leads the field for complications, while Vacheron Constantin and A. Lange & Söhne put the accent on elegance. At this year's SIHH, slim is in.
Many of the watches making their debut at the 28th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie join collections which are already crowned with success. A way for brands to cover their bases now that the storm clouds have finally cleared.
Now a fixture of the watchmaking year, the third Dubai Watch Week is taking place November 16 to 21. We spoke to Dubai Watch Week director Melika Yazdjerdi about what has made the event, partnered by Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, such a resounding success.