Five for Timing: Key Watches from SIHH 2013
These five watches from the 2013 edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie bode well for the future
Close-up of the Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Chrono Flyback PAM526
After a watch fair concludes, inquiring editorial minds coalesce around a single question: what are the trends? As counter-intuitive as it may seem, we think this question is largely irrelevant as far as the annual watch fairs go. As is frequently mentioned, watches and fashion are not the same thing.
Trends matter in fashion because you might quite suddenly find yourself hopelessly out of step with your peers in a matter of months. Not to put too fine a point on it, fashion is also a much bigger business and needs to reinvent itself regularly to stay alive.
In the world of watches, trends take their time to emerge. We are still seeing how the new materials trend, both in watch cases and mechanical components, develops. In fact, this year, there continue to be interesting developments on this front, which will be evident when you get to our selection of watches. To go back even further in time, we are still seeing how the luxury sports watch shapes up. That last one has been playing out since the Patek Philippe Nautilus and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak knocked the stuffing out of collectors in the 1970s.
Given this glacial pacing, what we prefer to do is try to see what the watches of today can tell us about tomorrow, as we wrote in our SIHH 2012 highlights piece last year. In fact, this year, there continue to be interesting developments in both sports watches and in new materials, which will be evident when you get to our selection of watches below, and in our pre-SIHH favorites too.
For the SIHH 2013 then, we can report that the world of watches is in good spirits, with a number of brand executives talking openly about renewed optimism. The watches also bear this out, with grander and more complicated watches grabbing the spotlight at Audemars Piguet, Cartier, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Parmigiani, Piaget and Roger Dubuis. Jaeger-LeCoultre in particular makes a big push with complicated watches because it is celebrating its 180th anniversary in 2013
Importantly and appropriately though, it is the smaller pieces that lead the way, including a new ultra thin watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre and an entire collection of fine mechanical timepieces for women from Vacheron Constantin.
Without further ado then, here are some of our favorites from SIHH 2013, in alphabetical order.
For more information and pictures on each watch, please see the individual stories below: