The anticipation is over – Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2019 has launched and our team is there, filing regular reports to keep you in the loop about the latest luxury-watch releases from the world’s most prestigious horology houses. Be sure to bookmark this page, plus our Instagram and Facebook, to be first in the know about the news that’s hot off the proverbial press.
Among the watches that have elicited a wow from the team so far are the five that follow. First, not one but two new offerings from Vacheron Constantin. Upholding its aesthetic of creating timepieces with unique technical and aesthetic signatures, the brand is presenting a plethora of handsome models at SIHH, among them a 40mm hand-wound rose-gold Patrimony with a blue dial – the epitome of pared-back elegance.
Vacheron Constantin first introduced rose gold to its portfolio in 2018. In 2019, its 42mm Ultra-Thin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar is available in the popular hue – a shade beautifully offset by another midnight-blue dial and a matching alligator-leather strap that can be switched to an alternative, if the watch-wearer desires. The mechanical complexity of this model is beautifully complemented by its pure lines.
This year’s fair will be the last for Audemars Piguet, which is exhibiting at SIHH for the final time. As one might expect, it’s leaving on a high, with a trio of audacious iterations of its expertly engineered Royal Oak Offshore ceramic chronograph on a bracelet given a contemporary camouflage treatment. The 44mm model also comes with alternative rubber straps in plain blue, khaki and brown, catering to those with more conservative tastes.
Available from March, Ulysse Nardin’s 42mm Marine Diver ‘Blue Shark’ with orange accents, limited to 300 pieces, is sure to appeal to fans of watches that both feel and look modern. Stylish in its simplicity, it comes in matt-coated PVD steel and is set on either a contrast-stitched textile strap or one of two different styles of steel bracelet. The eponymous shark appears at the bottom of the easy-to-read matt-black dial.
Cartier’s stand at SIHH is always surrounded by devotees, lured by its eye-catching displays. It didn’t disappoint this year. Our team were among those admiring the newest twists on the house’s classic Santos. This 39.8mm iconic timepiece in brushed steel with a mirror-polished bezel and hands, available with an interchangeable bracelet and calfskin strap, is every bit as covetable as when it was created a century ago.
Here on the Calibre hub, we’ll be sharing more stories from the fair as we uncover them – from regular round-ups of the best new launches to interviews with industry insiders broadcast via our daily podcast, there’s no better source for everything SIHH. Naturally, we’ll also be covering events as they unfold on our social channels too, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.