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The annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Geneve guarantees a crop of impressive watches. This year, there are 35 exhibitors, including the arrival of Hermes, Armin Strom, DeWitt, Ferdinand Berthoud, FP Journe and Romain Gauthier.
Rather than solely catering to the Chinese market, each brand has carved a niche by showcasing its technical forte.
A case in point is Parmigiani Fleurier, which has recently revived its signature Kalpa collection. The Kalpa Chronor is the first tonneau-shaped integrated chronograph to be entirely manufactured by the watchmaker.
The solid gold movement is perfectly fitted to the tonneau-shaped case. All the sophisticated inner workings can be viewed through its sapphire case back.
Another label building on its iconic mechanics is Girard-Perregaux. Known for its Tourbillon, the Swiss watchmaker has presented a new assortment of openwork watches, including the Minute Repeater Tri-Axial Tourbillon.
Ulysse Nardin takes its Freak Collection to a new level by putting a twist on its InnoVision 2 Concept Watch unveiled at last year's fair. The recently launched Freak Vision is hallmarked by two new inventions, the 3D carved upper bridge and box-domed sapphire.
Under complex application of sapphire crystal, Greubel Forsey has a miniaturized Earth. The GMT Earth comes with a rotating titanium globe on its dial to resemble the planet's rotation.