Eight of the Best

Evan Rast unveils the star pieces of the recent Salon de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva

Striking star: the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater from A. Lange & Sohne

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Salon de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH, a gathering of the most recognised watch brands, mainly from the Richemont Group. The annual show, held in Geneva, is the primary platform for the 16 exhibiting brands to launch new products and showcase their mechanical and artistic prowess in watchmaking. Here are eight of the year’s best innovations:


A. Lange & Söhne has come up with its first striking watch, the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater. The timepiece sounds the hours, ten-minute intervals and minutes, and can sound on demand when the side pusher is triggered. What’s impressive about this timepiece is that it’s a Zeitwerk, which means that the minute repeater function had to be developed around the “digital display” or the jumping numerals mechanism, which displays the time with an hour ring and two minute-discs instead of hands. The manually wound L043.5 calibre with constant-force escapement is housed in a 44.2mm platinum case with solid silver dial and rhodium-plated gold hands.


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