The past year hasn't been terribly kind to the luxury watch market. Business news sources continue to report a grim future, but a recent trip to Geneva's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) painted a very different picture. The invitation-only trade show, presented by luxury goods company Richemont, not only showcased the latest creations from top watch brands but also presented innovative collections from courageous, independent watchmakers. For admirers of exquisitely beautiful timepieces, this was a banner year.
From affordable quartz watches to mind-blowing complications, irresistible temptations for the casual shopper to the world's top watch collectors were all on display. Appointments seemed laser focused, brand identities were sharpened, and sprawling collections were edited down to the essentials, making the year's top watches look better than ever before. Significant trends brought about new slimmer sizes, innovative materials, and often surprisingly competitive pricing.
But the real news of the show, at least to me, was the exceptional beauty. The watches being shown for the year ahead were some of the most beautiful in recent memory, proving that when the going gets tough for Swiss watchmakers, the tough get busy.
From: Esquire US.