Known as one of the most important conventions for the avid watch lover, it not only puts Geneva on the map but brings like minded people together too. Now home to over 30 favoured brands, varying from the simplest of wrist watch to the most complex and intricate timepiece, the event saw an even higher influx of watch connoisseurs to get in on the action. Our editor Cheryl Chu was out and about at the exhibit and these are the trends that caught her eye and stole the show.
With a trend of 'Metallica' in mind, Montblanc 1858 Geosphere (pictured) uses a bronze alloy to craft the watch case which prevents green oxidation. While, Ferdinand Berthoud's carburised stainless steel case is anti-scratch.
The new Freak Vision by Ulysse Nardin houses a very light silicium balance wheel with nickel mass elements. And the RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo MacDonough by Richard Mille has a carbon TPT case and laminated sapphire glass for ideal shock protection.
Panerai's Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Oro Rosso 38mm (pictured) features a red gold case with a sky blue leather strap for a stunning tecnicolor effect. The Royal Oak Ultra Thin Tourbillon by Audemars Piguet highlights a radiating tapiserie in dark purple for a pop of colour.
With a handful of brands celebrating their anniversary this year, a trend formed. IWC Schaffhausen celebrates its 150th birthday with 28 stunning limited-edition pieces from its collections. Audemars Piguet's robust Royal Oak Offshore turns 25 this year and has been updated with a friendly 42mm size. Twenty years young is Montblanc's Star collection (pictured), launching new Star Legacy references: Automatic Date, Moonphase, Full Calendar and Automatic Chronograph.
Vacheron Constantin (pictured) showcases the painstaking pique à jour enamelling technique that looks like beautiful stained glass windows in the five limited-edition Les Aérostiers pieces. While Piaget demonstrated its gold craftsmanship know-how with three sparkling finishes in the Extremely Lady timepieces featuring wood, fur, frost.
The Panthère de Cartier, now with a double or triple loop bracelet, elevates a classic into an icon.
For the unduly fashion watch wearer brands haven't shied away. Jaeger-LeCoultre's 2018 Polaris collection (pictured) with five new references expands on the original 1968 Polaris Memovox - now louder than ever with the calibre attached to the case. While, the Baumatic is a new collection powered by Baume & Mercier's first in-house movement: anti-magnetic, autonomous, accurate and durable.
A trend full of secrets! The Chrysanthème Secret watch which conceals the time inside a flower exalts one of Van Cleef & Arpels' most beloved motifs: nature.
Shine bright like a diamond! Natural minerals such as opal and lapis lazuli have been used by several brands this year. Parmigiani's Métropolitaine Sélène Galaxy features a blue aventurine dial which shows the date and lunar phases.
Brands got inventive this year with eye catching details and features. Christophe Claret's patented 2-cone large date display is featured in the daring new green and orange Maestro Mamba (pictured). Speake-Marin's new Vertical Double Openworked watch has the brand's patented rate equaliser which makes sure the two tourbillons turn at the same speed. The Type 2 Concept watch is powered by an electro-mechanical system called e-Crown, which wakes up with a tap of your fingers.
Pastels, gentle finishes and beautiful detailing encapsulates feminine time pieces. The Carré Cuir by Hermès (pictured) spotlights the maison's leather craftsmanship. While, F.P. Journe's Elegante collection offers a rainbow of pastels to complement contemporary women's everyday wardrobe.
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