Each year in January, over two dozen top luxury watch makers converge in Geneva at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH. After having just completed the 2018 installment of the trade fair, I’ve put together a list of some of best new watches for serious timepiece collectors.
Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept Watch
At just 2mm thick (case and movement), Piaget once again establishes itself as the “slim” brand to beat with the new Altiplano Ultimate. Literally wafer-thin on the wrist, this spectacular exercise in minute tolerances and tight assembly is both intellectually and visually stunning. The watch looks so thin, it is hard to imagine how it work, though Piaget did reveal some secrets like the use of ball bearings and a floating barrel. Collectors of ultra-thin watches should now have a new grail piece to seek out.
Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tri-Axial Tourbillon
While it won’t win any awards for legibility, the technical accomplishment in the latest mega-complication from Girard-Perregaux is undeniably fantastic. With an almost totally exposed movement see through the dial of the large case, Girard-Perregaux managed to include both a minute repeater and extremely challenging triple axis tourbillon in one timepiece. It’s not really meant to be worn on a regular basis, though if you have the courage to do so, you’ll have enormous street cred with other timepiece enthusiasts.