What will the Horological Year Bring…?
John Galt’s already salivating at what the various manufacturers have up their sleeves in 2016
Bringing in new year usually means very different things to different people from spending time with loved ones to partying hard with friends but to the horology obsessed ones like myself it’s the start of three months of endless delights, shows and treasures with all the major watch manufactures releasing new pieces and some releasing novelty’s (I will explain more later). So with this in mind here’s a taster to wet your appetite of what you can expect to find over the coming months.
First up in February’s edition we will review 10 of the best release’s from the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie show (SIHH for short) which takes place in Geneva between January 18th -22nd where 24 brands will be presenting their new pieces for this year including the likes of A.Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piquet and Cartier plus for the first time this year independent artisan brands like Richard Millie and HYT will be presenting.
The moment SIHH finishes (and sometimes before) the horology field lights up with press release after press release filling up inbox’s all previewing what each manufacture will be showcasing at the largest watch show of the year – BaselWorld – and we will bring you the best before the show starts.
BaselWorld based in Basel, Switzerland is the largest watch and gem stone show in the world and includes the who’s who of the watch world from high-end Patek Philippe to everyday timepieces from the likes of Swatch; it runs from 17th – 25th March and houses over 1,500 exhibitors with over 4,000 journalists and 150,000 people attending every year to see what’s new and what the next years trends will be, I will be attending so please keep an eye on Riddle’s twitter and Instagram feeds for live reports and pictures from this truly monumental show.
Also in the coming months I will be opening your eyes to the mouth-watering timepieces that they call “Novelty’s”. A lot of the major players release them, they are so called as they are not placed in their current ranges or catalogues but are more, “look what we can do” or “look how mad a time piece we can design” and are released in exceedingly small numbers, for example the recent release from Harry Winston of his Opus 14 “jukebox”.