A STEP IN TIME

They may not sync with an iPhone or mon­i­tor your heart rate, but the new league of tech­nol­ogy emerg­ing in the world of haute hor­logerie is ar­guably even more as­tound­ing, writes Made­line Hoskin.

Signature Travel & Lifestyle - - Signature Watches - Per­haps the most overtly avant-garde among the new de­signs at SIHH came from MB&F. Af­ter ex­plor­ing land, sky and space in pre­vi­ous mod­els, it set its gaze on the mys­ter­ies of the deep. The stun­ning re­sult is Horo­log­i­cal Ma­chine No.7 Aqua­pod. With a high-

Since 1991, Geneva’s Salon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie (SIHH) has dis­played the crème de la crème of es­teemed watch­mak­ing and, though its doors may have closed for yet an­other year, the legacy of its ex­hib­ited time­pieces are bound to en­dure.

In an age that reveres in­no­va­tion like the Ap­ple Watch, it is re­fresh­ing to see that this brave new world is not cor­rupt­ing the core val­ues of elite man­u­fac­tur­ers. In­deed, the world’s lead­ing brands have shown that when it comes to ad­vanc­ing, they will do so through tour­bil­lons and com­pli­ca­tions, not flashy elec­tron­ics.

In­spired by the ocean High-speed match Back on land, Roger Dubuis set its sights on the race track. Not to be out­done, the watch­maker used SIHH to launch its part­ner­ship with Pirelli, a pair­ing that has pro­duced some mag­nif­i­cent feats of en­gi­neer­ing. How­ever, it was a new ad­di­tion to the bold Ex­cal­ibur col­lec­tion that re­ally caught our at­ten­tion. Not only does Ex­cal­ibur Spi­der Au­to­matic Skele­ton ooze mod­ern mas­cu­line chic, its fault­less crafts­man­ship once again proves that Roger Dubuis truly is a mas­ter of de­tail.

Sim­i­larly, Greubel Forsey has lived up to its ‘Art of In­ven­tion’ motto, re­leas­ing a new model that has ev­i­dently been a labour of love: its first-ever Grand Son­nerie. De­vel­oped over 11 years, and as­sem­bling a gar­gan­tuan 935 parts, the com­plex time­piece boasts an im­pres­sive line-up of fea­tures. The de­sign is both on-brand and er­gonomic, of­fer­ing Grand Son­nerie, Petite Son­nerie and Si­lence modes, with the chime emit­ted be­ing one of the most en­chant­ing in haute hor­logerie his­tory. Un­sur­pris­ingly, only five to eight Grand Son­nerie pieces shall be re­leased an­nu­ally.

While the fu­ture of high watch­mak­ing may re­main un­known, SIHH has con­firmed that the world’s lead­ing maisons are cer­tainly step­ping in the right di­rec­tion.

Travel file www.sihh.org www.mbandf.com/en www.roger­dubuis.com/en www.greubelforsey.com/en

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