A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar "Terraluna" A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar "Terraluna"

SIHH 2014 - Under the Stars

Salon International de Haute Horlogerie ended today on a high note, or should we say, high precision! Sixteen of the world's best watchmaking brands showcased their newest collections.

by 24 January 2014

This year, the theme of innovation prevailed with ever-greater user-friendly functions and improvements from 2013. One of the salon's highlights is without doubt a tribute to the stars. A. Lange & Söhne's Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar “Terraluna”combines four jumping displays – date, day of the week, month and leap year – with a patent-pending orbital moon phase display seen on the case back. Cartier's nod to the skies includes Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire Tourbillon and Perpetual Calendar – which lets you easily adjust the date and month by turning the crown back and forth without the risk of breakage – and Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon Tourbillon 2 Time-Zones, with Moon Phase on Demand that pops up only when you need to see it. Van Cleef & Arpels exalts the Poetry of Time with its Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication, where the movement powers the cycle of six planets (each a different gemestone) around the sun in real time.

One of the most complex watches of all is the IWC Sidérale Scafusia, a project that took a decade to develop. This watch is built exclusively to order. On the bac, it has an accurate star-map plotted to reflect the night sky as you see it from your home, or whichever address you supply to IWC. It automatically shows the night sky exactly as you would see it from that address. It also shows sunrise and sunset, sidereal time and many more astronomical features.

The tourbillon makes a huge comeback with innovations all around. Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon daringly uses white ceramic – an incredibly hard composite material that can only be scratched by diamonds - in the bridge of the movement, bezel, pushpieces and crown. Jaeger-LeCoultre further improves the tourbillon's precision in its Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantième Perpétuel, combining a flying tourbillon with a cylindrical balance spring and perpetual calendar.

There is also a return to classic aesthetics. Montblanc's new collection Meisterstuck Heritage reinterprets the beautiful craftsmanship of the brand's writing instrument's to its watches. Piaget continues its quest for ultra-thinness in its sleek Altiplano. Amongst the novelties, chronographs and diver's watches are not to be missed. IWC Schaffhausen's new Aquatimer collection is more luxurious and accurate than ever before, while it's a triumphant Year of the Chronograph for Panerai with many new references. Minute repeaters are not to be overlooked, as Parmigiani Fleurier's innovative design on the Toric Résonance 3 features a snake-shaped gong, delivering true melody.