Each year the worlds leading watch manufacturers meet up in Switzerland for the Salon International de la haute Horlogerie (SIHH), a massive event similar to an auto show where brands show off their latest and greatest creations. The watches shown off at SIHH are available for 2016, and they are easily some of the most impressive (and expensive) watches to keep an eye out for. We’ve taken a look at all the newest timepieces from that event and have compiled a list of 5 amazing watch brands to look out for in 2016.
Whether your taste is outright bling or understated elegance, these brands will keep you on time and on point.
Most Bulgari Magsonic Sonnere Tourbillon (trademark BVLGARI) watches cost over a half million dollars. If you desire an even more exclusive timepiece, try on the Bulgari Grande Sonnerie Tourbillon which is just under $1 million. These watches are hand-decorated, have selectors for chimes or silent mode, and multi-layered construction dials. Both incorporate Magsonic, a new alloy that optimizes the sounds included in the design. Bulgari prides itself on distinctive designs which are often copied and counterfeited, but never duplicated.
This company combines Italian design and Swiss precision to bring the finest to their clients. Their first store was in Epirus, Greece and can still be seen there. In 1884 the company was officially founded in Rome, Italy and the first international locations were opened in the 1970’s. Showrooms are available in New York City at the Pierre Hotel and also in Paris, Geneva and Monte Carlo.
Vacheron Constantin is the oldest manufacturer of fine watches with plants in Geneva and Vallee de Joux, Switzerland. These watches have been worn by such diverse personalities as Napoleon Bonaparte, the Duke of Windsor, and President Harry Truman. The iconic watchmaker’s 1972 Collection showcases asymmetrical style models that are stunning in both detail and all around cache. Discerning clients love the uniqueness of the 1972 Small Model. The 18K white gold case, 257 diamonds, and light blue Mississippi alligator strap goes way beyond bling. This quartz watch is waterproof, of course.
Chopard Swiss Watches are an internationally favored brand, all carefully crafted in Switzerland workshops. The business began in Sonvilier making ladies watches and pocket watches. Company headquarters are currently in Geneva with a site in Fleurier, Canton of Neuchatel where watch movements are developed. Famous aficionados include Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. The 18K gold Classic is part of a traditional statement collection with subtle luxurious appeal. It is self- winding, with a circular case, generous dial, and polished gold baton-shaped hands. The diamond-paved bezel and the brilliant white mother of pearl dial has a date display at 6 o’clock. This is watchmaking at its finest.
Blancpain SA supervises its watches from design and construction to the distribution process. It is one of the oldest watch makers and a leader in developing many watch-making technologies. Villeret, Switzerland was the first location and Blancpain prides itself on never producing quartz watches. Each watch is made by a single watchmaker, therefore, on a daily basis less than thirty of these gems are constructed. Compare that detail to the fact that Rolex makes about 2,000 watches per day.
Blancpain’s Villeret Perpetual Calendar Automatic watch’s case combines rose, red, and pink 18K gold. The strap is made with fine black alligator and crocodile. Its white dial and sapphire crystals are enhanced to feature date, moon phase, and a perpetual calendar. Blancpain offers a warranty and free 5-point check-up; it is water resistant up to 30 meters.
Louis Moinet is the inventor of the Chronograph which combines a stopwatch and a display watch. He perfected this design and became known as the greatest contributor to horology, the art or science of measuring time and making instruments to indicate time. The company that adapted his name is an independent brand located in Saint-Blaise. Its specialty is limited edition timepieces, only a few dozen of each watch design are released.
Exotic materials and cutting edge technology were used to produce 365 of the Louis Molinet Star Dance Titanium and Ceramic watches featuring mother of pearl dials and diamonds on the bezels. Hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather and a crocodile leather lining make the strap and folding buckle flawlessly divine. The watch contains meteorite with rare interstellar Nano diamonds. This accessory almost redefines elegance.
If you are not quite ready to part with the big bucks, consider browsing websites that specialize in pre-owned and vintage watches. These sites, and some fine jewelry stores, offer high quality used watches that are in pristine condition. In some cases, original paperwork and cases are included in the deeply discounted prices.