New from Piaget Pre-SIHH

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With the January Geneva watch fair just weeks away, brands are pre-releasing details of selected models to whet our appetites.

Geneva’s giant SIHH fair – it stands for the Salon Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie – features A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Greubel Forsey, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Piaget, Ralph Lauren Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin, and Van Cleef & Arpels.

The invitation-only event begins on January 19, and sees the release of the participating brands major new timepieces for 2015. We’ll be there to bring you the news, and in the meantime keep an eye out for the interesting pre-releases.

King of the thin Piaget, who hold 14 records for the thinnest mechanical watches on the market, will announce the world thinnest hand-wound chronograph at the fair.

It’s a clean and classic-looking Altiplano model with a movement just 4.65mm thick in a case of just 8.24mm depth. To achieve this took two years and the construction of parts – there are 240 of them in all – of unprecedented thinness, according to reports.

Despite this, the watch has a power reserve of 50 hours, the chronograph has a fly-back mechanism and there’s also a 24-hour indicator – the full house!

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