Welcome to the 25th issue of Plaza Watch, which harmoniously coincides with the 25th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie – the world’s most prestigious watch industry event. For five days in January, Geneva welcomes 12,500 privileged guests, including international retailers, journalists and brand representatives, to a grand showcase of new timepieces.
The SIHH displays an alliance of stunning aesthetics and staggering technical achievements; cutting-edge innovation and pure classical codes are revealed to eager eyes and the 16 exhibiting brands get a vital response to the fruits of their work. For a quarter of a century the SIHH has been a high point in the watch world’s calendar, and the organisers, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, has ensured this year’s event is bigger and better than ever before.
Having been to almost every edition of the SIHH, Nick Foulkes is the perfect person to recount some stories to mark this special anniversary and I talk to ten CEOs about their own enduring memories.
We celebrate the 10th anniversary of Greubel Forsey and shine a spotlight on Giampiero Bodino, a creative force at the Richemont Group, who has launched his own eponymous jewellery collection. We also go behind the scenes at the Cartier manufacture to witness their superlative movements being created.
As always, we present peerless photoshoots and incisive reports from round the globe, including stories on watchmakers such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Roger Dubuis, Oris, Vacheron Constantin, Richard Mille and many more.
So please set some time aside and enjoy the issue.
All the very best for 2015.
Nick Rice – Editor in Chief