IWC Schaffhausen turns 150 years old with a Jubilee collection of 28 designs that offers a spectrum of price points that almost everyone can indulge in. Expect new models from four of the house’s most beloved collections – including the Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot’s Watch and Da Vinci – and one that pays homage to the emblematic Pallweber pocket watch.
A watch that any design aficionado can get behind, this Pallweber watch is the brand’s first wristwatch with a jumping numeral module. Think of it as tongue-in-cheek take on a digital watch – done in a stylishly IWC way.
Women are of course not left out of the celebrations with stunning Da Vinci Automatics (graced IWC’s new in-house 82200 calibre) and diamond-set Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phases to look forward to.
Bringing up the cool quotient of SIHH is IWC’s hip cafe, found inside its booth. A sight for weary eyes and comfort for weary feet.
For a change of pace, we leave the Palexpo for a quick visit to Franck Muller who has aerated its Vanguard with several new models including a new sporty and vibrantly-hued diving watch and this impressive invisible-set diamond number here. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
Next on the list is the new Vanguard Lady Gravity that, much like its male counterpart, features a distinctive oversized tourbillon – dressed in diamonds and the brand’s signature multi-coloured numerals, of course.
Also keep a look out for the Vanguard Lady Heart Skeleton, which sees the brand bringing together two popular features – its skeleton movement and heart motif – for a feminine crowd-pleaser.
Back at Palexpo, we end our time at the fair with a visit to Cartier’s Mystery Clock exhibition. Featuring 19 historical mystery clock from its museum archives, this exhibition is the first to have such a large number of Cartier mystery clocks showcased together – including the 1914 clock that started it all. And with that, we say: Au revoir, till next year!
The highlights from IWC and Franck Muller.