Lox & Bagels: The return of the Salmon Dial - SIHH 2019

For this fresh new start of 2019, SIHH has not disappointed us and has once again presented a new wave of mechanical wonders. From Lange to IWC, Richard Mille to Cartier, it is interesting to see how brands evolve and unveil their new collections, sometimes for the best and sometimes for the worst (*cough* … Code 11:59).

Among the most memorable novelties this year, one trend seems to stand out: the return of the Salmon dial. Previously seen on rare variants of certain complicated pateks or vintage dress watches, the salmon dial is for collectors desireable, this is probably more due to its rarity than its aesthetics. If you ask me, the salmon dial reminds me of 90s New York opulent aesthetics with extra large suits and flashy ties, a vintage trend that can perfectly please todays dandy collectors

Here are a few novelties that you would love wearing:

1) A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon with Pink Gold Dial


Priced at 285,000 EUR and only 100 pieces made, this time machine houses a tourbillon, perpetual calendar, flyback chronograph, power reserve and big date display. Thats an entire watch collection inside a single 18k white gold case. I would call it the “Royal Salmon”…

2) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin


Priced at 48,500 EUR and only 75 pieces made (news update: AP decided to make this reference a limited production of an undetermined amount of time, so many more will be produced) this iconic Genta design now exists in white gold and will be a “Boutique Edition”, a 39 mm masterpiece, so simple yet so luxury…

3) Montblanc Heritage Pulsometer

(Photo courtesy: Monochrome Watches)

(Photo courtesy: Monochrome Watches)

Priced at 28,000 EUR and only 100 pieces made, this manually-wound chronograph monopusher in stainless steel is perhaps the perfect doctors watch, powered by their in-house Minerva Caliber, it is exciting to see how Montblanc grows to become a respectable horological brand. I would call this one Doctor Salmon.

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