Timepiece aficionados galore were drawn to the esteemed halls of Geneva’s Palexpo convention centre this week for the 29th annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. The reason: lured by the promise of the latest and greatest from watchmakers spanning all corners of the globe. With a gaze fixed on the best collections and one-offs, DiscerningGent.com takes its pick of the best.
Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59
Turning heads and demanding attention, the new Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 collection certainly was the talk of SIHH this year. Following on from the ever-popular Royal Oak, the new CODE 11.59 is a 13-piece collection ranging from a simplistic three hand with date automatic to the top-of-the-range ‘super sonnerie’ minute-repeater. The full range features Arabic numerals and in-house movements.
Moser & Cie. Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black
A timepiece that doesn’t tell the time? What’s that then, a bracelet? Well, not quite. This is not new territory for the Schaffhausen brand, where going without numerals, indexes or anything tell to tell the time is the brand’s way of capturing the zeitgeist of the watch business today. Looking incredibly similar to an Apple Watch, this timepiece features a one-minute flying tourbillon on a supremely glossy black dial – and that’s all. In order to tell the time, one must listen out for the chiming function that sounds instead of being fed these details in the usual way (or use your phone). Clever.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel
This watchmaker boasts some impressive numbers when you run through how much the brand has achieved over the years – the 1,250 calibres created alone highlights just how much on the innovation front. The 2019 Master collection epitomises Jaeger-LeCoultre’s craftmanship as displayed by the gorgeous guilloche work on the dial and the change in design of the moonphase of this ultra-slim (10.6mm thick) beauty based on a 39mm white gold case.