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Heads up: Luxury watch manufacturers unveil pre-SIHH models

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Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), the exclusive and internationally renowned fine watches trade fair, celebrates its 25th anniversary this January in Geneva.

While the event is more than a month away, some top manufacturers of luxury watches have already started rolling out their pre-SIHH models.

For instance, A. Lange & Söhne revealed that it is set to present three new models at the upcoming SIHH.

Regarded as one of the best fine watchmakers internationally, the brand will showcase its new SAXONIA, SAXONIA DUAL TIME and SAXONIA AUTOMATIC, all derived from SAXONIA watch family.

The SAXONIA family, launched 20 years ago, has been viewed as a permanent division of the company’s repertoire.

All three models are considered to be classic in nature, but do portray a more prominent façade, further adapting to the new generation of the Lange classic.

While evidently belonging to the same family, the watches incorporate different variations of the dial. Other subtle elements highlight the variations between the models.

The SIHH, organised by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, pays a tribute to the skills and expertise of top luxury watchmakers. Through highlighting top manufacturers, the exhibition has been regarded as the leading centre of fine watchmaking internationally.

Panerai, the Italian luxury watchmaker, which is among the SIHH exhibitors this year, launched a new edition of its iconic Luminor range in December, over a month ahead of the SIHH.

Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica incorporates Italian design with Swiss technology, portraying the strength of a sporting heart.

Besides the progressive yet unmistakable Panerai design, the watch boasts several features such as a stopwatch, and automatic winding, as well as extended power storage of 72 hours.

The 44mm Luminor case is made of synthetic ceramic based onzirconium oxide, lighter in weight, but up to five times harder than steel, making it remarkably resistant to scratches, high temperatures and other risk elements.

Most notably, the watch boastsa natural untreated leather strap with a titanium buckle, with a special resistant black coating.

The third exhibitor already making headlines prior to the event is Audemars Piguet.

The luxury Swiss watchmaker released the Audemars Puiget Concept Acoustic Research, the outcome of an eight-year production.

The long years of research aimed at delivering the “perfect” chime, through a louder and clearer repeater sound to be enjoyed by the owner and those surrounding him, making a worldwide breakthrough in the acoustic quality of chiming.

Current watch repeaters are generally difficulty to hear without placing the watch right next to the ear.While the watch would be water-resistant, the manufacturer has ensured that it would not constrain any sound qualities.

Currently, this is only a prototype, as the manufacturer will show the watch at the SIHH.

There will be 16 maisons exhibiting over a space of 12,500sqm; these include A. Lange &Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Greubel Forsey, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Parmigiani, Piaget, Ralph Lauren, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Van Cleef & Arpels and Vacheron Constantin.

The exhibition highlights the latest in watch technology, arts and craftsmanship, and top manufacturers have already started unveiling their treasures that will feature at the hub, where exclusive members from the elite industry will meet.

 

Originally published on Aficionado, sister publication of Luxurymena.com 

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