Top ten watches at SIHH 2015

SIHH (19-23 January 2015) is the first major watch show of the year, and even though it includes just 16 brands, all part of the Richemont group, it provides some indications on trends and developments in the watch industry. The brands exhibiting at SIHH were A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier,…

Five things you didn’t know about Hamilton

Hamilton, American spirit, Swiss precision. Founded in 1892 in Lancaster (and so I, Ambrose Lancaster, can’t but help feel a sort of family pride), Pennsylvania. Now part of Swatch Group with manufacturing unit in Biel, Switzerland. All this is familiar. But there are a few things about the brand that are less familiar and quite…

Van Cleef & Arpels at SIHH 2015

Sometimes, a fruit tree can take on a two-year cycle, cropping heavily one year and lightly the next. Perhaps the same is true for some watch brands. After the exceptional Midnight Planétarium last year, this year Van Cleef & Arpels focused on Cadenas, the bracelet with a small quartz watch, a few one-off high jewellery…

SIHH – Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech

Panerai builds its success on watches that have a clear link to their past as supplier to the Italian Royal Navy, pieces that have a sufficient degree of quirkiness to set them apart from all other brands and make them immediately recognizable. In addition, they don’t make many of them, and so they virtually become…

SIHH 2015 – Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar

Cartier presented an incredible range of new pieces at SIHH, some haute horlogerie, some haute joaillerie, and some that had some ingenious design touches creating something new and refreshing. This was the case for the Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar, which presents the information typical of annual calendar watches – day, date, month – in…