A FRESH START
Here we go again! Another year starts off with a visit to the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva. There are now 17 maisons, and a further 13 independent brands that present their newest watches (and, furtively, some that we’re not allowed to talk about yet), so it keeps all the visitors, trade and media alike, rather busy. Although it was perhaps the coldest SIHH I’ve yet attended – the ambient temperature in Geneva stayed just below zero for most of the week – there was a good atmosphere inside the halls of the Palexpo, as most brands felt that the business itself has turned the corner. In any case, there was a definite buzz during and after the fair, which is a breath of fresh air, particularly in our region. We first turn our attention to our cover story, which is IWC Schaffhausen’s new Da Vinci collection. While it maintains its signature complication, namely the perpetual calendar chronograph, the Da Vinci’s focus has shifted considerably towards women, with several beautifully elegant ladies’ timepieces being presented. Men shouldn’t feel left out though, as there’s also new complications for them; you’ll have to open our special SIHH supplement to see those. The SIHH supplement is also where you’ll discover all the timepieces that caught our attention from the fair, ranging from amazing technical pieces, such as Vacheron Constantin’s Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication, to headscratchers (in a good way) like the Voutilainen Vingt 8 ISO, to what I like to call “impulse buys,” the watches that you might pick up one day at the boutique on a whim, without having to consult your financial planner, such as JaegerLeCoultre’s new Master Control watches. You would really have to try very hard to not see some watches that are likely to tempt you when they’re delivered during the course of the next few months. If not – to each their own – Baselworld is just ‘round the corner; we have a sneak peek at selected novelties from the fair as well. While we’re getting very close to packing our bags and heading to Basel soon, I’m happy to announce that Revolution Hong Kong will, from the very next issue, be published directly by Revolution Media! Joining the core teams of Revolution publications is very exciting for us, and for me personally as I remember the breath of fresh air that was the very first edition of the magazine in 2005. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Edipresse Media group, which has overseen the Hong Kong edition since it was launched as the first license in 2007, for their support and guidance over more than 40 issues over that time. Although we will therefore have a new publisher from the next issue, our publication schedule will remain the same, and you can look forward to the same great content, celebrating those amazing machines with a heartbeat!