Celebrating 25 Years of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie
The incomparable Nick Foulkes has been to almost every SIHH since its inception in 1991. He recalls some of the highs and lows of his favourite event on the calendar.
quality that I believe is referred to as chutzpah to tell the Swiss watch industry to take its annual trade fair and get knotted, and it takes a particularly far-sighted sort of genius to create an alternative capable of evolving with the industry into a new century and a new era. Happily, Alain Dominique Perrin, has both chutzpah and far-sighted genius in abundance. Look at almost any aspect of the modern landscape of the luxury goods industry and you will see that the former Cartier boss was in there years ago.
The Arts? Fondation Cartier celebrated 30 years last year. Museum shows of vintage products? There have been museum shows of old Cartier for the last quarter of a century. A trade fair that reflects the qualities of luxury and refinement embodied in a fine timepiece? The SIHH celebrates its 25 the birthday this year.
Back at the end of the 1980s Perrin felt that the
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