In late 2015 sales of connected timewear outstripped those of Swiss watches. But that doesn't mean traditional watchmaking has been outgunned, the news has simply galvanised its great names to concentrate even more on innovation and creativity. For the first time, the SIHH introduced a Carré des Horlogers spotlighting nine independent watchmakers (Hautlence, Urwerk, De Bethune, HYT, Christophe Claret...) who share a passion for conceiving watches with total respect for age-old knowhow but stretching their imaginations so as to write new pages in horology's history by shaking up the classic codes. Among them, H. Moser & Cie opts for humour with its Swiss Alp Watch,
the case looking all the world like the Apple
Watch but nonetheless housing a genuine mechanical movement. A demonstration of how top-rank watchmaking can cohabit with connected devices.
Co-axial and tri-axial tourbillons, minute repeaters unequalled in sound quality, new metals that are lighter and tougher, revolutionary movements... if there's one exacting vocational exercise it has to be that of designing ageless timepieces to be passed on down the generations. One case in point is Jaeger-LeCoultre's Reverso, celebrating its 85th birthday this year; another, Rolex's Cellini line. Strip back and achieve the sublime.
Alongside their powerful, precious or complex models, the watchmakers strive to offer more affordable watches and win the hearts of the Y generation. And what better than a city-slick chronograph or stylish feminine/masculine timepiece to do just that?
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