Kapoor Watch Company has just come back from one of the biggest events in luxury watches luxury watch industry- The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, held in Geneva! Held since 29 years, the SIHH is the hotbed of innovations & style. With new luxury watch launches and trends set, all eyes are on this yearly event to dictate the style for the year ahead.
Here are our notes & trends spotted :
1. The return of high-tech complications
Complications is the term used to describe how hours, minutes & seconds are displayed in a watch. Over the past few years, there’s been a move towards minimalism but 2019 saw a return of high-tech displays. Spotted at Vacheron Constantin’s Traditionelle Twin Beat, the modern dial features a way to increase the time between windings – saving time yet adding an interesting design element!
Hermes goes one step further in taking us to the moon. Their fourth high complication since 2014, the dial features 2 mother-of-pearl moons!
The beauty of luxury watchmaking lies in its ability to be one step ahead. At SIHH 2019, we saw plenty of this with Futurism being one of the headliner trends. Spotted at IWC, their new launch Top Gun is crafted from a never-seen-before material, specially developed by the luxury brand. Made from lightweight yet scratch-proof Ceratanium (an amalgamation of ceramic and titanium), the Top Gun line redefines innovation.
HYT’s modern mix of innovation (the use of liquid to tell time!) and tradition, with its yellow gold highlights, also struck a perfect balance that’s so very rare.
3. Vintage Style
Though it may be considered to be at odds with the first two trend, vintage style reigned supreme at SIHH 2019! Brands paid homage to traditional styling, though with a modern twist. All eyes were on Ulysse Nardin’s Freak Cruiser with its steam-punk aesthetic meets crisp detailing. We loved the anchor-inspired pointer, most of all!
Mont Blanc and A.Lange & Sohn also delved into their rich history to design timeless pieces.
4. Something Blue
The colour blue has made a splash and how! Whether it’s in strap detailing or dial highlight, blue is definitely the colour of the year for fine watches. Our favourite? It has to be the rich Prussian blues spotted at Hublot.
Jaeger Le-Coultre’s new take on the classic Ultra-Thin model also turns heads with its guilloched sapphire dial. Other brands that took the plunge beautifully – Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin!
5. It’s all about Diamonds
Far from them only being a woman’s best friend, Diamonds were the chosen accessory for men’s watches this year! Especially fine and minimal baguette-cut diamonds. Elegant and restrained, they were spotted at quite a few brands from Patek Phillipe to Hublot. The aquamarine Hublot watches stole the show for us though. Merging two major trends – blue & baguette-cut diamonds – they were crafted from priceless South American diamonds. Now that’s pure luxury!