With more participating watch brands (35), more visitors than ever (20,000) and new digital initiatives, the salon international de la haute horlogerie (SIHH) annual watch fair is moving towards achieving that tricky equilibrium between exclusivity and holding its own in a noisy digital-dominated world. Here, our report from Geneva, featuring the fair’s best booths, celebrity spottings, watch-chief quotes and of course, watches and horological innovations.
A. LANGE & SOHNE TRIPLE SPLIT
Making a split-seconds chronograph is challenging enough, but A. Lange & Sohne made it more so by adding a split-minutes function in its Double Split in 2004, allowing the watch to record elapsed times of up to 30 minutes. This year the Triple Split takes the complication to outrageous new heights by including split hours, upping the recordable time to an astonishing 12 hours. It’s a world- first, so it is limited to only 100 pieces.