Held from 18 January to 22 January in Geneva, this year’s edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) will for the first time introduce brands which have never before featured at the fair, such as Laurent Ferrier, Hautlence and Urwerk. The traditional giants, the likes of Vacheron Constantine, Cartier and IWC, will join them as the fair aims to dedicate a week to the excellence of time measurement.
As we at Gray International look forward to the latest updates from Geneva, here are the best new watches that we expect would cause a big splash in the coming week and tempt us to break our budget for the month!
1) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
First appearing in 1981, the latest addition to the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar family remains timelessly and beautiful. Coming in four versions, two in the traditional stainless steel and another two in rose gold, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, looks set to look at home on any wrist, with it’s intricate silver or deep blue “Grande Tapisserie” guilloche dial.
2) Panerai PAM 655 Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42mm
We’ve got to admit that we had to take a double look at this one. Unlike every Radiomir 1940 thus far, the PAM 655 boasts a clean white dial that simply took our breath away. Dressed in traditional Panerai Arabic numerals, the watch is powered by the in-house P4000 self-winding movement, and looks to be a solid and unique addition to the Radiomir family.
3) Richard Mille RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat
Powered by a brand new in-house movement, the RM67-01, positioned to be the brand’s new entry-level piece, is our personal favorite going into SIHH 2016, us being very biased Richard Mille fans. Dressed in Mille’s classic barrel shaped case, the RM67-01 would be the slimmest ever timepiece introduced by the brand, comparable to dress watches from Piaget or Jaeger-LeCoultre. Something that we are definitely excited and saving up for already!
4) MB&F LM101
Say hello to the newest, smallest and most affordable Legacy Machine to date, the LM101. Renowned for their very unique, very sophisticated and very pricey timepieces, the smallest Legacy Machine ever at 40mm strikes us with its simplicity and sophistication. The beautiful floating balance wheel remains from previous iterations of the Legacy Machine, and the watch “embodies and accentuates the very essence of what is essential in a wristwatch: the balance wheel, which is responsible for regulating precision; how much power remains in the mainspring, which indicates when it needs to be next wound; and of course, the time.”