We start the day on a wonderfully playful note with Hermès, whose debut at SIHH this year delivered interactive window displays bursting with colour and movement. Here, we have the new Carré H, which sees the Maison collaborating with Marc Berthier (the designer behind the original Carré H) once again.
Just when you think one is enough, Hermès goes and unveils new Cape Cods that make you fumbling for your purse once again. This year, expect ones with a distinctive rhodium coated mirror finish, complete with single- and double-tour mesh bracelets.
Hermès’ theme of fun and exploration comes through its new Arceau Casaque. Inspired by the Maison’s Samarcande Chess Set launched in 2009, this vibrant collection features a horse motif dressed with a tone-on-tone herringbone pattern for an added touch of prestige.
The big news at Baume & Mercier? A new in-house calibre (it’s first!) developed with Richemont-owned movement manufacturer ValFleurier, released in the Clifton Baumatic with 5-day power reserve and accuracy of -4/+6 seconds per day.
The other big news at Baume this year is its partnership with Indian Motorcycle Company. Here, a watch dedicated to the Indian Scout – a motorcycle that’s touted as being one of Indian’s most emblematic models – in a limited edition of 1901 pieces.
And what’s an Indian Motorcycle partnership without a tribute watch to the man who started it all – Burt Munro? This watch is released in a limited edition of 1967 pieces in homage to the year Munro set his under-1000 cc speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats (a record that still stands today).
Continuing the motor streak is Roger Dubuis and its return partnership with Pirelli (for the new Exalibur Pirelli Medium White) and Lamborghini for the watch shown here. Its movement bears five patents, including one for its two 45-degree V-shape conception.
It’s celebrations all round at Jaeger-LeCoultre. The Maison turns 185 this year with a new campaign that puts the collective skills and expertise of the brand front and centre of the spotlight. Called “Made of Makers”, the campaign’s name says it all.
In addition to this, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Polaris turns 50 with a new collection that includes an automatic, chronograph (shown here) and chronograph world time. There’s also the Polaris Date and Polaris Memovox for people who love modern watches with a vintage feel.
What better way to celebrate a 185 birthday than with a star-studded guest list at one’s SIHH booth that includes Chinese singer Jing Boran and British actor Benedict Cumberbatch?
Over at Vacheron Constantin, its the spirit of exploration and travel that has the brand’s focus with two new Overseas models being introduced into the beloved line: The Ultra-thin Perpetual Calendar and indispensable Dual Time shown here.
The other big news for the brand is the launch of a brand new family of watches: FiftySix. As its name suggests, the watches are inspired by a historical model from 1956 and consequently bear retro-chic looks that remain sleek and modern. The collection makes its debut with an Automatic, Day-Date and Complete Calendar shown here.
The watchmaker returns with a brand new Métiers d’Art collection that tells five stories about the pioneering days of hot air balloons. Intricately detailed and vibrantly coloured, the five designs in the collection feature bas-relief engravings and bear the distinction of being Vacheron Constantin first watches to bear plique-à-jour enamelling.
The highlights from Hermès, Baume & Mercier, Roger Dubuis, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Vacheron Constantin.