“It’s no big se­cret that some of th­ese smaller brands have al­ready been openly ex­hibit­ing around Geneva dur­ing SIHH”

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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.

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