Some facts about the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH)

Tomorrow the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie will open its doors for the 24th time. In brief this is what you should know about the SIHH

 

This will be the SIHH 2014:

16 exhibitors

30.000 sq m of exhibition space

12.500 privileged guests (international retailers, journalists and brand representatives)

1.500 represented points of sale

1.200 journalists

 

Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT - © MORVAN ALAIN
Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT – © MORVAN ALAIN

 

Everything started in the year 1991 …

The first Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie was held in 1991, after several brands decided to no longer exhibit in Basel at the today called Baselworld Watch and Jewelry show

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie was created to promote fine watches and especially to offer a much more privileged setting for an elite clientele. The conditions and the atmosphere in Basel weren’t as good as they are today at that time. So Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Piaget, Gérald Genta and Daniel Roth were theirs five exhibitors to launch this new concept.

The year 2000…

17 exhibitors attended the Salon in Geneva in the year 2000, among them Alfred Dunhill, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Bovet, Breguet, Cartier, Daniel JeanRichard, Daniel Roth, Gérald Genta, Girard-Perregaux, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Perrelet, Piaget, Roger Dubuis and Vacheron Constantin

The year 2001…

In the year 2001 there were two departures: Breguet was taken over by Swatch Group, so the brand moved to Basel and Daniel Roth and Gérald Genta were taken over by Bulgari and they also moved to Baselworld.

The remaining brands in 2001 were: Alfred Dunhill, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Bovet, Cartier, Daniel JeanRichard, Girard-Perregaux, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Perrelet, Piaget, Roger Dubuis and Vacheron Constantin.

The year 2002…

The year 2002 was the year of big changes when four new brands joined the SIHH after being bought by the Richemont Group: A. Lange & Söhne, Alfred Dunhill, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Bovet, Cartier, Daniel JeanRichard, Girard-Perregaux, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Perrelet, Piaget, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels

The year 2014…

Today the SIHH is the home for all Richemont watch and jewelry brands.

By the way, do you know who they are?

These are the Richemont watch & jewelry brands here shown in the order when they were founded

1755 Vacheron Constantin in Geneva

1830 Baume & Mercier in Geneva

1833 Jaeger-LeCoultre in Le Sentier

1845 A. Lange & Söhne in Glashütte / Saxony

1847 Cartier in Paris

1860 Officine Panerai in Florence

1868 IWC in Schaffhausen

1874 Piaget in Geneva

1906 Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris

1906 Montblanc in Hamburg

1995 Roger Dubuis in Geneva

 

The SIHH 2014 will host 16 Exhibitors

A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Greubel Forsey, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Piaget, Ralph Lauren Watch & Jewelery Co, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT - © MORVAN ALAIN
Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT – © MORVAN ALAIN

 

Since the SIHH is a private event for professionals you have to be to be invited by the exhibiting brands. The Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show instead is open to the public.

Guys, I hope this brief information was helpful for you to better understand why 12.500 privileged guests (international retailers, journalists and brand representatives) will come to Geneva in the next days.

 

Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT - © MORVAN ALAIN
Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT – © MORVAN ALAIN

 

As already mentioned tomorrow the SIHH will open its doors, I will of course be attending the Salon and I will be bringing you a lot of exclusive stories, phantastic pictures and interviews with all the CEOs to your computers, tablets and smartphones wherever you might use them.

So please stay tuned and do not touch that dial 🙂

 

These and also the pictures above show the ambiance at the SIHH 2013

Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT - © MORVAN ALAIN
Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT – © MORVAN ALAIN
Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT - © MORVAN ALAIN
Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT – © MORVAN ALAIN
Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT - © MORVAN ALAIN
Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT – © MORVAN ALAIN
Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT - © MORVAN ALAIN
Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT – © MORVAN ALAIN
Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT - © MORVAN ALAIN
Genève janvier 2013. SIHH 23e Salon International de la HAUTE HORLOGERIE. © NENCIOLI GILBERT – © MORVAN ALAIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  • Alexander well noted at least now I understand the Ralph Lauren approach. Now, with reg to Parmigiani I know the problems DKSH had with them. Now just because it belongs to the Sandoz Foundation makes them exclusive? Fleurier is different so hope maybe together they can achieve new heights.

    • Parmigiani sees “our” world a bit different. They act slowly, they are small, they are very focused on quality and exclusivity and they behave like gentlemen… Geneva’s SIHH just offers them the better playground …

  • I don not understand why Ralph Lauren watches & Parmigani are at SIHH would they not rather participate at Baselworld?

    • In 2007, Compagnie Financière Richemont SA and Ralph Lauren combined their expertise to create the Ralph Lauren Watch & Jewelry Company in a joint-venture. This is the reason why RL is in Geneva. And, Parmigiani would never ever want to be in Basel. The entire approach of the Parmigiani Group to watchmaking and the world of luxury is not compatible with Baselworld.

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