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Highlights From The Biggest Watch Show On Earth

January 2019Words by Mr Alex Doak

Left: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Huracán Performante, courtesy of Roger Dubuis. Centre: Vacheron Constantine Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, courtesy of Vacheron Constantine. Right: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel, courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre

If an invitation from Richemont lands on your desk around early December, you can kiss goodbye to Dry January. The luxury-goods group doesn’t really “do” post-Christmas blues – instead, all things haute and horological are celebrated with its spectacular Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, aka the most extravagant and exclusive trade show in the world.

Outwardly, the Palexpo convention centre in Geneva couldn’t look less suited to hosting the rarest treasures of luxury watchmaking, let alone the A-list brand ambassadors flown in for every evening’s soirée. However, things rapidly change once you’ve set foot on the plush SIHH red carpet.

Knowing that someone had to do it, MR PORTER dutifully rolled up its sleeves this week, waved goodbye to a tranche of New Year resolutions, and selflessly headed to Switzerland to report from the frontline.