Design

Watches

It's that time again— Geneva

Preface

There was a sense of optimism at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie as Swiss watchmakers predicted a return to sunnier economic climes and unveiled a host of high-end timepieces to underline their bullishness.

Greubel Forsey, Richard Mille, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, Watches

“In the end, there was no tsunami,” says Franco Cologni. “We’ve been in turbulent seas but the waters are subsiding.” The chairman of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, the invitation-only watch fair held in Geneva every January, is telling whoever will listen that the industry has seen off the worst of the crisis.

Indeed, after a difficult 2009, when Swiss watch exports slid by almost a quarter, good news ushered in this year’s event as the opening day saw luxury group Richemont, which owns 12 of the 19 brands in this show, report a…

Five Monocle picks:

IWC:

Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph 45.4 MM in steel with black rubber strap.

Jaeger-LeCoultre:

Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 with automatic chronograph in 18-carat pink gold.

Cartier:

Rotonde de Cartier flying tourbillon skeleton 9455 in 18-carat white gold.

Vacheron Constantin:

Patrimony Traditionnelle 1141 QP with manual-winding movement in platinum.

Panerai:

Radiomir 42MM with manual-winding movement in pink gold.

Monocle 24

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