SIHH, Day 4: The Masses Hit Luxury

Today: World's premier watch event opens doors to the public for the first time in two decades

BY Daniel Goh | Jan 20, 2017 | Feature

And so, SIHH 2017 wound to a close after four days of me bustling through the hallowed halls of haute horlogerie heaven. There were re-interpretations of classics and introductions of interesting new watches to existing collections. More significant was a clear evolution in watchmaking savoire faire; advances in technology and knowhow bring out the best in each manufacture. Today, Jan 20, SIHH opens its doors for the very first time to the public and I'm certain there are many who've waited 26 years to finally be able to see what goes on inside the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.

Richard Mille RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph

Unlike the rest of the brands that laid out myriad novelties for the prying eyes of the press this year, Richard Mille decided on just one: the RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph, currently one of the lightest split seconds choronographs in the world. In Richard Mille fashion, the watch was brought out and in a ‘think fast’ moment, flung across the room where a journalist fumbled to catch it. Hey, it’s only a 1 million watch right? I guess it’s testament to the faith that Richard Mille has in the integrity of its watch. But still, just thinking about the price makes my palms all sweaty.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC

Although this watch was already teased pre-SIHH, seeing it in the metal really did it for me. The initials stand for World Wide Time Control, and it's available in available in rose gold or steel. What’s really cool about it is its separate crown that is used to adjust the outer disk of the watch to match the cities on your jetset tour around the globe. The other crown on the case adjusts the time, as usual.