At the 27th edi­tion of SIHH, brands mined the past to re-ex­am­ine what en­tices modern watch-buy­ers and col­lec­tors

The Peak (Hong Kong) - - Contents - STORY GLO­RIA FUNG

Sa­lon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie con­tin­ues to ex­pand this year, with new names join­ing the pres­ti­gious an­nual horo­log­i­cal show­case in Geneva. With a strong line up of lux­ury brands and in­de­pen­dent watch­mak­ers, SIHH is gain­ing fur­ther mo­men­tum. Here's a look at what we have our eyes on this year. The watch­maker re­vis­ited its artis­tic roots with a se­ries of five lim­ited-edi­tion time­pieces that high­lighted the var­i­ous crafts­man­ship and artis­tic tech­niques that are sta­ples in its Métiers d'art se­ries. The Les Aérostiers col­lec­tion is in­spired by the ear­li­est mode of air travel, the hot air bal­loon.

Each of the five bal­loons de­picts a his­tor­i­cal jour­ney taken be­tween 1783 and 1785 in France. The en­graved bal­loons are set against a dif­fer­ent colour dial fash­ioned from translu­cent enamel. A sim­ple read­ing of the min­utes and hours is pow­ered by an in-house cal­i­bre.

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