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The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is the year’s first meeting of professionals in the watchmaking segment. Professionals, journalists, collectors and watch enthusiasts traveled from all four corners of the earth to be in Geneva, Switzerland from 15th to 19th January 2018. The 28th edition of the watch exhibition saw 35 participants, including the world best watch brands and designer watches, present their latest and greatest news and gave us a suggestion of the trends that will dominate the industry of horology for the next 12 months. Let us show you what you might have missed in a list of 9 luxury watches that deserve to be called the stars of the show:
Lady Arpels Planétarium by Van Cleef & Arpels
This watch displays the Sun and the closest planets: Mercury, Venus, and Earth, along with the Moon. This timepiece is a smaller-sized version for women of the Maison’s highly-impressive Midnight Planetarium. This exclusive design illustrates the different phases of each planet as they rotate around the sun at their actual speeds.
Price: $245,000 on a strap and $330,000 on a diamond-set bracelet
Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon by Cartier
The centerpiece of this luxury watch is the tourbillon that is located at six o’clock and seems to float in the air with no connection to the rest of the movement. The whole escapement rotates around the deep opening in the movement once every five minutes and also completes a rotation on its own axis in 60 seconds. It is a limited edition watch with just 30 examples.
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Altiplano Ultimate 910P by Piaget
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Altiplano, Piaget introduced the Altiplano Ultimate 910P at the SIHH 2018 which has crushed the world record for the thinnest automatic watch by a country mile. Measuring an incredible 4.3mm thick, it dethroned Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo Automatic.
Price: $26,000 in rose gold and $27,000 in white gold
Royal Oak RD #2 by Audemars Piguet
This piece is a research and development result that has helped this luxury brand break the world record for the thinnest automatic perpetual calendar, by a considerable margin. The ground-breaking timepiece houses the new in-house 5133 movement which is just 2.89 mm thick, and the overall thickness of the watch stands at an almost unbelievable 6.30mm.
Price: N/A – not available for commercial sale
Triple Split by A. Lange & Söhne
For 2018, A. Lange & Söhne introduced an enhanced version of the mighty Double Split, the first chronograph with a dual rattrapante function. This exclusive design watch features additional rattrapante hands on the minute and hour counters making it possible to measure additive and comparative times for as long as twelve hours, setting a new benchmark for the current state of the art rattrapante-function chronographs.
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