The Jewellery Editor team travelled to the SIHH in Geneva to discover the latest trends in luxury watches and found that even in our digital age, mechanical creations still have the power to amaze us.
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Here is our selection of the top three mechanical wonders that confirm the enduring appeal of traditional watch making.
The Drive de Cartier, is one of the most elegant watches I saw at the SIHH confirming that if you want the ultimate in luxury, it doesn’t get much better than a beautiful mechanical watch.
The Drive de Cartier is a brand new watch family for men that manages to balance innovation yet retain the very soul of Cartier which is precisely what keeps the spirit of Cartier alive.
With more contemporary looks the H. Moser Swiss Alps watch looks like a smart watch thanks to its minimalist lines but it has a traditional mechanical heart.
This clever design reminds us that traditional watch making still has a place on our wrists and unlike a smart watch, this watch requires no upgrade other than the occasional new strap neatly summing the argument of the craftsmanship versus disposable technology.
But no round-up of the Geneva watch show would be complete without including the incredible Hippologia automaton clock by Parmigiani Fleurier.
Created by master watchmaker and restorer Michel Parmigiani in association with French glassmaker Lalique, the wind up the mechanism powers a mare and her foal that to gallop around the clock as 2,200 components, all created and put together by hand work, in perfect synchronicity.
So while the rest of the world looks forward to the next piece of disposable technology, a little corner of Europe called Switzerland looks to the past to find new ways to delight us.
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