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For anyone with the slightest penchant for high-end watches, this week was particularly noteworthy, since the world-famous Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie tradeshow took place in Geneva. Celebrating its 25th anniversary SIHH brought together the crème-de-la-crème of high-end watches…we’ve handpicked the key pieces you should know about.

Audemars Piguet – Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research
Audemars Piguet unveiled their latest ground-breaking piece of horlogerie at SIHH: the Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research. Time and sound become interlinked in this prototype piece, in what Audemars Piguet describes as “the mastering of sound”. The watch is made of a titanium case and white gold hands, but it’s the minute repeater which makes this timepiece really interesting: the watch is given an acoustic dimension, in the form of the perfect chime…the result of eight years of labour. 

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Richard Mille – Tourbillon Fleur.
A watch for the ladies, the Tourbillon Fleur features a magnolia, whose petals open regularly, thanks to a flying tourbillon mechanism, to imitate the blossoming of a flower. Made with 40 jewels this is certainly a very special watch – hardly surprising that’s its a limited edition with only 30 pieces to be made worldwide. 

Jaeger LeCoultre – Rendez-Vous Moon
Jaeger LeCoultre explored the concept of celestial bodies with the new ‘Rendez-Vous Moon’. Combining mother-of-pearl and diamonds, this horological complication displays the changing lunar cycle as well as featuring star constellations made of cabochons. Jaeger LeCoultre is introducing this model in two sizes, a 36mm diameter with 166 brilliant-cut diamonds and a 39mm with 208 diamonds. The choice is yours. 

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Montblanc - Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum
Montblanc, meanwhile, took its inspiration from planet Earth and presented a Heritage Spirit Collection which includes the Orbis Terrarum model. A sapphire crystal dial presents the planet as seen from the North Pole, allowing the watch’s wearer to see the time in 24 cities across the globe. 

Whether you're one for complex technical feats or feminine florals, when it comes to timepieces, SIHH certainly has to rank as the epitome of all things luxury.