The world’s most exclusive watch show

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At the end of January, there was the 25th anniversary of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), a watch fair where the most prestigious watches in the world are presented. The visitors were collectors, retailers and reporters – and of course WTM was there.
Text: Mia Litström

By tradition, the watches shown at the fair are discussed with passion in the pressroom and a list is compiled with the ten best and most interesting models. We saw a lot of complications like tourbillon, minute repeater and astronomic indications, in many cases combined with skeletoned (completely visible) movements.

The whole list of which watches were ranked the highest:

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Rotonde Grande Complication Calibre 9406 MC from Cartier.
It has taken five years to develop, fifteen weeks to produce, ten weeks for detailing and five weeks to assemble. It’s 5,49 mm thick and has a perpetual calendar, minute repeater and flying tourbillon.

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Grande Tradition Grande Complication from Jaeger-LeCoultre.
With a flying tourbillon, diagram of the sky, minute repeater and 24-hour indication with Zodiac signs, months and days.

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Royal Oak Concept RD # 1 from Audemars Piguet.
Without any doubts one of the most audible minute repeaters in the world of watches. The clearly audible function is the result of a research and development project that started back in 2006 together with the federal institute of technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

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Zeitewerk Minute Repeater from A. Lange & Söhne.
The brand is the first to combine jumping numerals with a decimal minute repeater. A fantastic piece of fine art for measuring time.

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Portuguese Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition ”75th Anniversary” from IWC.
Has a display with a perpetual calendar, leap year indicator and a chronograph with a flyback function.

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Emperador Coussin 1270S from Piaget.
A watch with a tourbillon in an extra thin case, only 8,85 mm. Watches with ultra-thin cases with elegance and refinement are indeed Piaget’s specialty.

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Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision from Greubel Forsey.
A watch with the tourbillon leaning by 25 degrees and rotating for 24 seconds is the brand’s third invention, clearly visible through the dome in the back of the case.

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Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama from Montblanc.
The model displays three time zones with two rotating orbs representing the two hemispheres.

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RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur from Richard Mille.
A model with a spectacular magnolia flower that shuts its five handmade and hand-painted petals at seven o’clock around a flying tourbillon, to open them again at nine o’clock. The whole thing resembles a Chinese ballet, and is in a class of its own in the brands’ race to come up with new complications.

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Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon from Roger Dubuis.
A skillfully skeletoned movement with sculptural effects that make the design an art form in itself.