Sumptuous Seconds

Evan Rast reports on a selection of dashing new timepieces and highlights from this year’s Salon de la Haute Horlogerie

Parmigiani presents the Metrograph collection

This last week January in Geneva, sixteen watch brands offered 14,000 visitors from around the globe a taste of their technical mastery once again, from the top-tier grand complications to sleek, everyday classics. There were handsome new collections, a good number of perpetual calendars and a lot of divers’ watches. The best news is that there’s a lot of good-looking, highly functional and reasonably priced releases coming to Hong Kong this year.

Two booths stood out from the rest, with Roger Dubuis creating a forest setting with the foliage built from shapes of different watchmaking components. The focal point was a cuckoo clock that would chime every hour, with the bird coming out of hiding to chirp the time, triggering several life-sized mannequins dressed as watchmakers – carrying the brand’s new watches under glass domes – to complete a full turn on the exhibition floor.

IWC was the other big winner, highlighting its focus on the Aquatimer collection with an underwater-inspired booth, portraying life under the sea at the moment when a great wave passes. With moving murals and life-sized models of sharks and other large fish, it was an impressive Ocean Park recreation.


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