It’s been a week since SIHH closed its doors, and the iW staff is well into preparing for readers all that was seen and heard during that hectic week in Geneva. Until the upcoming issues and expanded online stories appear, below we’ve gathered just a few memorable SIHH moments from Editor Michael Thompson and Managing Editor Nancy Olson.
1. MT: Hearing the crystal clear tones of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept RD#1 repeater chime, even though I sat twenty feet away in a large room full of people. As demonstrated in the firm’s nearby acoustic chamber, Audemars Piguet really did its homework as it developed this loud and musical chiming model.
2. MT: Holding the first Le Garde Temps Naissance d’une Montre watch at Greubel Forsey’s stand and listening as watchmaker Michel Boulanger explained in French why and how he made it. Fortunately Stephen Forsey translated simultaneously in English. With assistance from Philippe Dufour, Boulanger made the piece using only pre-1850 materials and tools in order to help pass along watchmaking knowledge to future generations.
4. MT: Seeing the February issue of iW sitting on a table at Montblanc’s stand while interviewing CEO Jerome Lambert, who noted that he enjoyed the issue’s cover story featuring his brand and its new Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum.
4. MT: Seeing IWC’s legendary watchmaker Kurt Klaus and A. Lange & Söhne namesake and re-founder Walter Lange each busy and active at their respective stands, and, on several occasions, also touring the show. At eighty and ninety years old, respectively, watching the pair at work inspires my watch enthusiasm immensely.
5. MT: Checking the time using the massive working model of the A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater.
6. NO: Trying on the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon. With its large and starry moon phase indication on the dial, the perfectly polished white gold case with diamonds on the bezel, and the automatic movement inside, it literally took my breath away.
7. NO: Hearing the new A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater, which reproduces the digitally displayed time with a low-pitched tone for each elapsed hour, a double tone for each elapsed ten-minute period and a high-pitched tone for each elapsed minute. Bravo.
8. NO: Meeting Piaget’s master embroiderer Sylvie Deschamp, since I immediately sensed that I was in the presence of a true artist. Having studied classical embroidery for years, she is responsible for the lovely Piaget Rose pattern on the dial of a limited series of watches.
9. NO: Walking into the Palexpo on the first day of the show always gives me such a thrill, since I know I’m in for a multi-day watch experience that will become part of my memory forever.
10. NO: Seeing Cartier’s Crash watch—a favorite of mine for years—in its newest skeletonized iteration. I’m happy to see that it is still going strong.