This was it, my final day at SIHH 2014.

My day started off with a presentation by Van Cleef & Arpels, who in my humble opinion make by far the most captivating ladies’ watches year after year. 2014 is no exception, as the brand presented it’s astronomical “Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication”.


Van cleef & Arpels also continued their “Cadrans Extraordinaires” series with four new variations.


Last but not not least, Van Cleef & Arpels presented something for us guys, the Pierre Arpels “Heure d’Ici & Heure d’Ailleurs” featuring double jumping hours and retrograde minutes.


Next stop was Vacheron Constantin, where my friend Alex Ghotbi of The Hour Lounge presented some of this year’s new releases. The theme this year was the art of skeletons/open-working, which Vacheron Constantin do exceptionally will.

First was the Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées, the first skeletonized version of Vacheron Constantin’s in-house caliber 4400. The watch is nspired by railway clocks of centuries past with its floating Roman numerals ring, complemented by a grand feu enamel insert, seen here in blue.


Next up was the Malte Tourbillon Openworked, an exquisitely finished skeleton tourbillon housed in the brand’s tonneau “Malte” case, here in Platinum.


 And finally, Alex let me get my sweaty fingers on a new ladies’ collection, the  Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements, a 4-piece collection inspired by the different arts of several cultures, like this “Ottoman Architecture” version with a “moucharaby” lattice motif set with half-pearl beads and of course, an open-worked movement.


Without an appointment, I headed to the Piaget booth to get a quick hands-on look at the Altiplano 900P, the world’s thinnest mechanical watch ever made.


My final stop before the end of the show (for me anyways) was Jaeger Lecoultre, who had quite the range of novelties.

First up was a new version of the Reverso Ultra Thin 1931, this time with a rose gold case and lowly chocolate brown dial.


Next JLC showed several models from the revised Master Ultra Thin range. very appealing for those looking for a clean, no-nonsense dress watch.



I also got to see a new version of the Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire, done in a beautiful Grand Feu enamel dial.


And last but not least, the new Duomètre Unique Travel Time.


Unfortunately as I was so late to be confirmed a pass for the invitation-only SIHH, I couldn’t book appointments with brands like IWC, Cartier and Richard Mille. Rest assured however that I will get my hands on their novelties throughout the year. In the meantime you can look forward to in-depth reviews of all the pieces I’ve showed in my daily SIHH update posts.