24th edition of The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, “THE PLACE TO BE” for all who share the passion for fine watches
The time has come again. The world’s most prestigious and fascinating exhibition returns to Geneva, the capital of watchmaking, for the 24th time on Monday, January 20, 2014. This celebration of fine watchmaking, where brands premiere their latest creations, is an international gathering that remains a private and exclusive event for the sector's professionals.
This 24th edition of the International Fine Watchmaking Exhibition will feature 16 exhibiting Maisons: A.Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Greubel Forsey, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Piaget, Ralph Lauren, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels.
Visitors can look forward to the special exhibition titled "Horology, a child of astronomy" which is the fascinating story of the sun, earth, moon and universe, the core base for wristwatches with moon phases, perpetual calendars, annual calendars and many other equally fascinating mechanisms.
Interesting facts about the exhibition:
- SIHH covers 30 000 sqm of space at Palexpo
- SIHH hosts apx 12 500 privileged guests from all 5 continents which are specifically invited by exhibiting brands
- There are apx 1 200 journalists who attend the event every year
- SIHH is famous for its exclusivity; the event is for invited guests only
Interesting facts about the watchmaking industry in Geneva:
- The watch and clock industry records its beginning in 16th century after the ban to wear jewels was implemented. This forced the goldsmiths to turn to a new craft: watchmaking.
- The end of World War I marks another landmark in the history of watchmaking - when first wristwatches where introduced.
- The majority of watch companies are very small. The average is just under 70 people per company.
- The Swiss watch industry accounts for only around 2.5% of the global production in terms of unit numbers, but it is by far the leading exporter of watches in terms of value
- The watch and clock industry is Switzerland's 3rd largest export industry, Switzerland exports nearly 95% of its watch production.
- More than 56% of the production goes to Asia and Pacific, apx 1/5 of Swiss watches travel to China.
Representing the biggest 5* hotel in Geneva as well as in Switzerland, Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva plays an important role during this exceptional event. We are honoured to host several private gatherings for industry professionals. And even though the exhibition is strictly an “invitation only” event, there is a chance to see watch factories on your own all year round. Our Concierge will be delighted to organise tours for you at one of the famous Geneva Watch Maisons.