“It’s no big secret that some of these smaller brands have already been openly exhibiting around Geneva during SIHH”
sapphire panels over its unique chain-driven jumping hours; there’s the understated design of H. Mosier & Cie.’s Venturer Big Date, which belies the brand’s nifty interchangeable modular escapement; there’s also HYT’s H2 Tradition, which brings the brand’s hydromechanical horology into an elegantly wearable form; and many more.
Finally, there were the subtle surprises that underlie major shifts in the way the watchmaking industry goes about its business. Take the Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P, which utilizes spring drive technology from Seiko. Coming from a prominent member of Richemont, this is definitely a huge paradigm shift that will have major repercussions in the future. The same can be said with Panerai’s Lo Scienziato – Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio 47 mm, which features a case made using 3D printing. It should be noted, however, that Panerai used a technique called “direct metal laser sintering”— not something you can do using commercially available 3D printers. It would definitely be interesting to see how other watchmakers address, and perhaps adapt, 3D printing in the future.
BurdeNs of the Past
All in all, SIHH 2016 clearly indicates that the watchmaking industry is changing. On the one end, there were the changes forced upon the industry by today’s financial climate; on the other, there were advances in production technology, changes in manufacturing methods and design philosophies. Holding it all together in the center of it all are the traditional values of high-end watchmaking and the heritage of two dozens of prominent
And that is what SIHH is all about.