SIHH 2016, which stands for Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, opened its doors yesterday (January 18) to more than 15,000 journalists and retailers from all over the world. The world’s most luxurious watch exhibition, rivaled only by the annual BaselWorld exhibition, is a by-invitation-only event that showcases the latest timepieces made by the finest watch brands in the world. Based in Geneva, SIHH first opened in 1990 for the benefit of the Swiss watchmaking industry. According to Forbes, The Salon remains, to this day, the most luxurious exhibition of its type in the world.
According to Forbes, only about two dozen brands are allowed to exhibit in SIHH. This year, it will include, among others, the Richemont Group (which brands include Montblanc, Cartier, Piaget and more), Audemars Piguet, Richard Mille, Parmigiani Fleurier, Greubel-Forsey. For the first time since its inception, SIHH is also allowing independent watch brands to join the party, and they are allotted a special space on the exhibition grounds. According to Forbes, nine brands have already joined: Hautlence, H. Moser & Cie, Laurent Ferrier, HYT, MB&F, Urwerk, Christophe Claret, Kari Voutilainen and De Bethune.
Among the most anticipated new models this year, according to the Robb Report, are:
• The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar by Audemars Piguet, which features a blue dial with a leap-year indicator at 12 o’clock, an astronomical moon phase at 6 o’clock, and the week of the year on the outer chapter ring;
• The Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton, priced at about $56,000, with an open-work design;
• The stunning Marguerite by independent watchmaker Christophe Claret, priced at about $72,000, studded with gems and butterflies pointing to the minutes and hours;
• And the Galle Traveller Globe Night Blue by Laurent Ferrier, priced at about $75,000, a dual-time model with a 3D convex dial depicting the five continents in 18k-karat white gold.