As Hermes fends off attacks from LVMH to retain its liberty that they also continue to push forward with their art as watch manufacturers. For 2011 their horological focal point is the Arceau Le Temps Suspend” watch. That literally means “time suspended,” and that is exactly what it does.The watch was in development for a couple of years now. Mainly because they could not get it to work until they enlisted Mr. Fix-It Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. For me Jean-Marc will always primarily be one of the MB&F “Friends.” The timing suspended complication isn’t that complex to comprehend. The watch normally has the time using a retrograde date screen. Press the pusher on the left side of this case and the hands jump to a rigid bunny eared position…. And just stop moving. Within the opinion, the motion still keeps an eye on the moment, but you can not view it on the dial. Press the pusher again and the time returns to normal. Child’s play.Wiederrecht promised me that the system was reliable and durable. Such an assurance from him includes a great deal of fat in my book. But why? After seeing the watch that I complimented Hermes to some project well-done and said it was “cute.” Cute is fantastic, but who will use it? I just wasn’t convinced of the marketability of this novelty, but I needed to give Hermes the benefit of the doubt. So I had to discuss the watch and its own time suspending complication a little with different people who may rationalize it to me. Hermes appeared pretty sure that this watch was the upcoming big thing, so why did I assume it was only a toy?
Starting in 2016, the stiffly formal Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) started to loosen up with the inclusion of independent watchmakers in an area known as the Carré des Horlogers (“square of watchmakers”).
Historically dominated by high-end brands and those owned by Swiss conglomerate Richemont, SIHH will expand the Carré des Horlogers next year, with the latest additions being DeWitt, Ferdinand Berthoud and Romain Gauthier.
At the same time, the main hall where brands like Cartier, IWC and Panerai show their wares, will also sees Hermès set up shop. This brings the total number of exhibiting brands in both the hall and Carré des Horlogers to 34.
And the final day of the show will be open to public once again, albeit for a modest entry fee that was SFr70 this year.
SIHH 2018 takes place from January 15 to 19, 2018 at the Palexpo in Geneva.