Here’s our recap of the second day of the SIHH 2019. Recently you could find out about our first-day experience at the SIHH, and now we are as of now most of the way. Also, we’ve currently seen and attempted that much discussed Code 11:59 at Audemars Piguet in the substance, had an intriguing meeting at Cartier and took a gander at the new pieces at Montblanc. We additionally did the photograph take shots at Vacheron Constantin and A. Lange & Söhne, giving us somewhat more one-on-one time with their new watches.
SIHH 2019 Is Crowded
But first of all, the SIHH has been abbreviated with one day compared to earlier years. Recently and today it turned out to be exceptionally certain that this additionally implies that the spot (Palexpo) is substantially more swarmed than it was in earlier years. It previously began earlier today with the bus transport to the SIHH setting. There were such a large number of individuals for the buses and after we at last showed up at the Palexpo, there was a line from the transport to the security watches that I expounded on yesterday. I kid you not that it required just about 45 minutes to get inside the SIHH. Inside, the spot was very pressed throughout the day. Retailers, writers, staff, brand reps… It just appeared to me that they welcomed more individuals than any other time in recent memory. No seats, poop WiFi, no storage spaces, no lunch… Welcome to the #watchpressglam life (the folks from Time and Tide and our Bert thought of that new hashtag this morning).
But what am I complaining about, this is our work (and life) and we appreciate it. I would simply say that SIHH settled for the status quo a piece and is currently moving toward the degree of extravagance we are utilized to from Baselworld. Comes in convenient for one year from now, when Baselworld and SIHH will be held not long after each other.
Enough with the complaining, how about we view the brands we visited today, and which established great connection and which, all things considered, didn’t by and large satisfy our expectations.
Our first introduction was at Cartier. Cartier is the biggest brand of the Richemont Group (in volume, yet in addition in turnover) and takes a colossal piece of the SIHH setting. La Maison truly is a maison at the SIHH, it is essentially staggering how enormous it is compared to some different stalls. The introductions are consistently perfect, individuals dress rich and look faultless and the timetable is exact as a Swiss development. That was likewise the case again this year, where they showed us some quite astounding watches. There is a great deal for women this year, with the Panthere, Cartier Libre and Cartier Privé Tonneau watches (albeit the last were likewise for men, yet I don’t know whether that is actually the situation with such little cases and lashes). At that point, Cartier showed new Santos models. A Santos Chronograph with a pusher at 9 o’clock to begin and stop the chronograph, and by pushing the crown you really reset the hands. Moreover, they showed us a Santos Squelette Noctambule and a more modest Santos Dumont watch with quartz movement.
The last one was unquestionably my top pick, regardless of the quartz development. A rich Santos Dumont watch on a cowhide tie, entirely measured as a dress watch. It is a praise to the watch that was given to Santos Dumont in 1904. The quartz development is produced via Cartier and has a superior battery. A combination of that battery and an exceptionally proficient designed development will guarantee it can run six years without having the battery changed. The solitary drawback of this watch was the dial truth be told. It looks somewhat modest, at any rate not up to the principles of Cartier. Despite the fact that I was anticipating seeing and attempt their Santos chronograph, this was an enormous disillusionment. The watch is basically too huge for my wrists (and I have huge wrists).
Oh kid. Audemars Piguet is all the rage in Geneva on account of their CODE 11:59 watches. Today we had an introduction of the new Audemars Piguet CODE looks just as our one-on-one photoshoot for certain chose watches. We should begin with the CODE 11:59. As I composed yesterday, you need to see it in the tissue before you can truly comment on it. Indeed, you can definitely comment on all that you see on Instagram, Facebook or a site, yet a few things truly show better in the tissue. Much the same as you have wonderful individuals that are not very photogenetic, you likewise have watches that don’t look great on an image however can completely turn you around when appeared in the tissue. Indeed, not with the CODE 11:59.
Journalists are asked by AP not to take a ‘frontal’ image of this watch without showing the case band or carries and so on That sounds somewhat like admitting something isn’t right with the watch. In the event that the plan would be all magnificent, it ought to have likewise looked great when you are taking a gander at the watch (dial side), like the Royal Oak really does. Or then again most other popular plans. The CODE 11:59, and that goes particularly for the three-hand adaptation and chronograph, simply look nothing exceptional when seeing it face-side. Excellence is entirely subjective, obviously, as I really ran into individuals who are very partial to it. In any case, as far as I might be concerned, at a watch with this cost level and furthermore for a watch from a brand that has been tied in with ‘defying the norms’, it is a dull watch. It very well may be any name on the dial, and not really a decent one. The completion is excellent and obviously shows, however the plan is basically worse than average for a brand like Audemars Piguet. The side of the case is a great piece of design however and the new developments look wonderful (and colossal!), it is only the dial-side that ruins it for me. I can’t envision this was what AP’s CEO Bennahmias had as a primary concern when he said yes to this watch. Is it all terrible at that point? No. With regards to the CODE 11:59, I need to concede that the QP form is basically staggering. The aventurine dial is hypnotizing and unquestionably compensates all that anyone could need for the fairly dull round situation (when seen from the top).
The other AP news that is scarcely getting any inclusion is the curiosities for the Royal Oak arrangement. Where a year ago was obviously a Royal Oak Offshore festival, they currently refreshed the Royal Oak with another development and their Chronograph with a 38mm case. This consistently used to be 39mm, at that point they transformed it into 41mm for a couple of years and now AP decreased it again to 38mm. Extraordinary choice. Being the Royal Oak Jumbo fan that I am, I truly love their new 15202 with salmon dial in white gold. I recollect the Jubilee variant of this watch (reference 14802) with a salmon dial, which I generally appreciated. This new piece with the salmon dial is simply shocking. What an eminent piece of work. The watch is anything but a restricted release (as somebody said to me today), yet the creation will be exceptionally restricted (which is something alternate, mind you).
At the finish of the introduction (and he typically begins with this), CEO Bennahmias told everybody that the brand improved regarding turnover than the prior year (when they additionally plussed a 100 mil compared to the prior year, arriving at the one billion Swiss Francs turnover) with similar number of watches (40.000 per annum). Additionally, the 2000 new CODE watches will replace 2000 Royal Oak models that are currently remembered for the all out yearly creation of 40.000.
One last thing I’d prefer to add. The way that individuals are so quick to hop on AP and offer a derisive remark about the CODE 11:59 watches likewise shows that individuals are not especially not interested in this brand. The vast majority of them likely consideration about AP and love their (Royal Oak) looks (as I do), else they would have quite recently shrugged their shoulders and proceeded onward. I’m extremely quick to perceive what will befall the CODE 11:59 and in the event that it will get by over the long haul without significant changes to the plan. I additionally puzzle over whether Audemars Piguet actually needs something different than a Royal Oak watch and an intermittent other plan (Jules Audemars, Millenary, Tradition and so on) For what reason would they? Too apprehensive they lean a lot on one explicit watch? Regal Oak is Audemars Piguet for quite a while now, I surmise the vast majority who are simply getting keen on watches will just know them for this plan. At any rate, it is something that will keep us involved in the coming months, I am sure.
One of different introductions that I went to was that of Montblanc. I generally discovered this brand somewhat of an off-kilter one in the range of the Richemont Group. They compete with Baume & Mercier, yet additionally with Jaeger-LeCoultre and maybe even for certain models of Vacheron Constantin and IWC. They used to be everywhere. Presently, it appears to be that they have been rebuilding their assortment in only a couple ‘families’ and come up with an all the more clear situating. I will discuss that somewhat later on when we examine a portion of their watches. Today we saw the whole line-up, and I need to say that I am very intrigued by their unending schedule of just beneath 15.000 Euro (hardened steel, and about 25.000 Euro for the gold adaptation). It isn’t a similar development as the recently examined Baume & Mercier utilizes, yet another gathering development. This new Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar helped me a piece to remember Patek’s 3940 plan frankly, and maybe that’s why I like it to such an extent. At that point there is additionally the alluring cost, obviously. The dial looks staggeringly great on this Montblanc unending schedule watch, and I can likewise live with the new ‘heritage’ logo of Montblanc. One of my significant concerns would be the situation of this watch, and fundamentally, the entirety of the Heritage watches. They don’t show a lot of variety in completion, it is totally cleaned. That, and they look all in all too massive. The alluring value point needs to come from some place, obviously. Let’s keep a watch out when we will get our hands on it for an article.
On day 3 we will have more photoshoots and meets and will talk about some fascinating subjects with regards to our day by day recap. It is likewise an ideal opportunity to talk a smidgen more about the free brands that are available at the show in Geneva.