By Alex Ghotbi and Alberto Schileo
© April 2005 by Alex Ghotbi, Alberto Schileo and ThePuristS.com
My annual pilgrimage to the Swiss fairs was a bit shortened this year as I was unable to attend the Basel fair but was planning to make it up as much as possible at the Salon International de Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) held in Geneva from April 4-10. As it has become a tradition you will find hereafter the fair seen through the eyes of a passionate watch aficionado making this write up neither exhaustive on the brands covered, the novelties and definitely not objective but always illustrated with Alberto Schileo’s more than amazing photographs!
I really did not know what to expect from the fair this year. I was almost certain that due to Vacheron Constantin’s 250th anniversary and the special edition pieces created on that occasion the other brands exhibiting at SIHH would not be showing any breathtaking piece since almost all the lights would be directed on VC. I was partially wrong...
What I was hoping not to see was yet other tourbillons, limited edition pieces with no technical achievements but just a different dial and made in 10 000 pieces or more, Panerai sized dress watches and pizza watches with too many complications!
What I was hoping to see was simple time only watches with well finished movements and perfect proportions, small and useful complications, new in house movements and a silver-dialled Lange Datograph.
Please follow me and step inside the Geneva salon…
Villemont was the first brand we visited and some of you may have followed the different presentations made here on this brand who was presenting its first very collection of watches. The watches were quite interesting and the case construction was truly a feat. Villemont may certainly not be a haute horlogerie brand but a lot of detail and effort has been placed in the design and construction of the watches which may appeal to the aficionado who is looking for an alternative to the different big maisons that exist and watches with a strong presence.Aston R Dual Time Chronograph