A FRESH START

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - EDITOR'S NOTE -

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!

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