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.
AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK RD#2 ULTRA-THIN PERPETUAL CALENDAR
It may not look it, but this is indeed Audemars Piguet’s second experimental RD watch, following in the footsteps of the incredible chiming RD#1 last year. The classically styled perpetual calendar is the thinnest automatic one in the world, with the in-house 5133 calibre coming in at just 2.89mm thick. With the case it remains an unbelievably skinny 6.3mm, and took five years to develop.