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.
BAUME & MERCIER CLIFTON BAUMATIC
Baume & Mercier announced its first proprietary automatic movement, the BM12-1975A, and it’s fairly impressive for its price. Introduced in the Clifton Baumatic, the self-winding calibre is chronometer-certified, has five days of power reserve, features a silicon balance spring, and is resistant to magnetic fields up to 1,500 gauss. Impressively, the Baumatic is going for just $4,000.