V aqt badalte dekha humne;
badalte vaqt sey kuch seekha
humne. Samajh sakey na iss vaqt
ko koi; kuch rango sey iss vaqt ko roka
hai humne!” (I have seen times change;
I’ve learnt a lot from changing times.
Even though one can’t really understand
time; I’ve captured time with colours in
my life!) This positive approach to life, as
expressed by an art student (Imran Ali
Khan, from the Sir JJ School of Art, one
of the students who contributed their
artwork for our previous issue based on art) impressed me, as it
was such a wonderful thought. We can all learn from it, have some
faith in time and always hope for the best, which is yet to come!
That thought brings me to the goodness of time that presents itself
at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva
every year. It’s always a pleasure to visit the SIHH. Despite having
attended this exhibition for 15 years, I can never take it for granted.
The show is organised brilliantly with amazing precision and
innovation every time, that boredom becomes an alien emotion.
That’s why, while heading to Geneva, I am always driven by
curiosity, rather than having just expectations. I wondered what
heights of innovation and design showcased this time, would
influence the future of the watch industry? Again, a few lovely
surprises were in store for us, in terms of craftsmanship,
complications, and design. An interesting trend was the watches
getting rounder and flatter than ever before. More interesting was
the fact that this was an attempt to tap the China market and to meet
their demands for such watches. All brands are making a beeline
towards capturing a big share of the growing China market. I share
with you details of some timepieces that impressed us the most…
A. Lange & Söhne came out with Striking Time, the most recent
sibling in the Lange Zeitwerk family, which is endowed with a
chiming mechanism that strikes every quarter of an hour, with highpitched
Audemars Piguet had a stunning reinterpretation of the Millenary
collection, with the 4101, which houses the gorgeous 4101
Audemars Piguet movement, visible on the face of the dial.
Baume & Mercier played up its new tagline ‘Life is about
moments’, with a repositioning to maintain their Hamptons theme of
leisure and luxury. The Capeland watch was particularly impressive.
The Rotonde de Cartier timepiece in a large, white gold case
captured a breathtaking enamel dial featuring a polar bear. This
exquisite feminine timepiece is limited to 40 pieces.
Girard-Perregaux banked on its reputation of elegance and
brought out the 1966 Small Seconds Automatic—a beautiful, classic
timepiece with an enamel dial and the calibre 3300, which they
Greubel Forsey brought out the fascinating IP2, after having
created the Quadruple Tourbillon earlier. The IP2 features a double
tourbillon system, which is visible on the face of the watch.
IWC highlighted their classic Portofino line of watches, with the
Hand-Wound Eight Days timepiece, which featured an elegant, round
case. Designed and built using state-of-the-art methods, the watch
was a stunner.
Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrated 80 years of their Reverso watches,
with special reinterpretations of the line, including those with ultra
thin movements, as was seen in the gorgeous Grand Reverso Lady
Ultra Thin timepiece.
JeanRichard paid homage to the founder of the brand, Daniel
JeanRichard, with the Bressel Hommage Daniel, inspired by the
town of Bressel, JeanRichard’s birthplace.
Montblanc, taking pride in being the ‘Writer’s of time’, celebrated
the 190th year of the Chronograph, with their new Nicolas Rieussec
Chronograph, named after the inventor of the ‘chronograph’, which
translates to ‘writing time’ in Latin.
Panerai unveiled their new Luminor, the Submersible 1950
Three-Days Automatic Bronzo. Set in a large bronze case, the watch
made quite the rugged and vintage appearance. Bronze also makes
the watch very rust-resistant while diving.
Parmigiani reinvented their Bugatti series with the PF 372, which
impressively displays the time on the side of the case—meant to
make the reading of time easy while driving.
And then there was the Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon
Automatic, the world’s thinnest tourbillon. Made by a leader in thin
movements, this first ever self-winding ultra-thin tourbillon
movement was rather impressive.
The Richard Mille RM026 jewellery watch was beautiful, with its
interpretation of the eternal themes of nature—Gaia and the passage
of time. This watch houses a tourbillon and has precious stones—a
combination regarded very highly in haute horlogerie.
The Monegasque watch from Roger Dubuis represented the
brand’s new philosophy of producing daring designs and
adventurous timepieces. The offbeat combination of pink gold and
PVD black titanium in this piece reflects just that.
Vacheron Constantin, presented their Patrimony Traditionelle
World Timer, featuring 37 time zones, which accounts for even the
quarter- and half-hour difference in time zones. All the functions in
this baffling piece can be controlled by the crown.
Van Cleef & Arpels exhibited their Les Voyages Extraordinaires
collection, which tells the story of a journey to Zanzibar, with even
animals depicted in stunning engravings on the timepieces.
Those were the best watches at the SIHH for us, this year. (To
read more about some of these watches, turn to page 30. As for the
others, look out for them in our future issues.) During the fair, on a
whim, I decided to wear time differently, on my right hand. As
expected, the watches I wore garnered more attention and
compliments; but no matter how you wear time, it continues to tick
at its regular pace…!
In the next issue, we’ll come back to you with all the news from
BASELWORLD 2011. The fair promises to offer a lot. With the buzz
being generated, it seems like most companies are getting out of the
economic depression and things are looking up. For instance, the
Swatch Group has seen a record operating profit of CHF 1,436
million, with an operating margin of 23.5 per cent, versus 17.6 per
cent in 2009! With such encouraging figures, I’m sure the products
showcased this year will reflect the positive turn that the global
economy has taken, and there’ll be a lot to look forward to!
Incidentally, the fair has India as its dominant theme this year. In
fact, that information inspired us at Time ’n Style to revisit our roots,
and we also decided to dedicate our this issue to India and her tryst
with luxury. We hope you enjoy reading about the India-inspired
watches and jewellery in this issue, just as much as we enjoyed
putting it together for you!