Frankly, I simply liked these design cues since they combine up the style of a rectangular opinion. Sure, it would be simple to generate a thin rectangular situation, slap a level crystal onto it, and call it a day. Together with the Baume & Mercier Hampton, you really do have that look when viewed from straight on, however when viewed at any sort of angle, you find the plan work they put in the watch to allow it to stand out out.Tucked into the case (and viewable through the caseback) is a 4 Hz automatic motion, which of course, drives the three palms and the date display down at 6 o’clock. While I do generally enjoy watching a date display on a watch (especially one that’s likely to see daily wear duty, not worn just on special events), here, it seems as though it might be a little bit of a miss. Together with the numerals after the straight edges of the case and keeping things balanced, the date window feels slightly off-kilter, both concerning positioning and sizing. These two aspects are, of course, constrained by having a date wheel (round) in a case of this shape. It may just be me, but I think that the general design would be served by deleting the date complication. And, while we are at it, the “automatic” text: they really do this to distinguish it from the quartz model, but it seems to just be a diversion on the dial.What shouldn’t be altered, however, is your handset. For starters, we have a three-hander here, and I like using another hand on the move to allow me to know the watch is living. Next up, lets discuss dimensions on the sword-shaped hands on. On a rectangular case, it can be tricky to get the spans right so they do not seem to crowd the brief side of the dial or have dropped on the lengthy side. On the Baume & Mercier Hampton, they did a wonderful job of balancing the two, while maintaining the palms in proportion to each other. Last, let’s talk about the bluing.

Even though the recent earthquake of Mexico on Sep 19th 2017 affected severely the flow of life and business in Mexico City, the SIAR 2017 Organizing Committee and the participating brands decided to rise to the challenge and continue with the most important watch exhibition in South America. The Salon SIAR 2017 ran from October 17th until October 19th at the prestigious Hotel St. Regis in the center of Reforma Avenue in Mexico City.

During the three days of the exhibition, relevant figures of the Mexican and South American political, financial and social communities visited the stands and meeting rooms where prominent Swiss watch companies and their respective CEOs and leaders explained their products, concepts and designs in a direct manner.

Mexican Salon: report and list of award winners

Christophe Claret was at the SIAR with its new creations

As in previous SIARs, several brands introduced new products and limited editions at the venue, such as Hublot with its new Hublot Big Bang Classic Fusion Calaveras, Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Seleccion Nacional de Mexico, Manufacture Royale Androgyne Mexico and Louis Moinet Metropolis Sunrise Sonora, the sale proceeds of which will be used to help the citizens affected by the Sep 19th earthquake.

The SIAR 2017 presented awards in several categories to notable watches and brands at a Gala that was used to collect and donate funds to those affected by the earthquake. Bulgari was awarded the Watch of the Year award for the Bulgari Octo Finissimo  Automatic, Chanel scooped the Ladies Award for the Première Camélia Skeleton and Hublot took the honors in the Sport Watch category with the Techframe Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon Chronograph.

The Rising Brand award was received by Roger Dubuis for its Excalibur Aventador S, while the Chronograph prize was awarded to Richard Mille’s RM 50-03 McLaren F1 Split Seconds Tourbillon Chronograph. In the Concept watch category the Zenith Defy LAB was the winner and in the High Complication the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestial Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 received the recognition from the SIAR 2017 Jury.

Finally, in the Watchmaking Value category, Patek Philippe received the award for its 5320G Perpetual Calendar and Chopard’s Karl-Friedrich Scheufele was recognized with the Special Tiempo de Relojes Award.

The SIAR 2017 once again offered a solid platform for watch brands to present their watches and to get closer to the aspirations of the Mexican and South American markets. Communication and perception are key in these markets and the SIAR affords a great opportunity to encounter, in an intimate fashion, these two sides of the business.

Mexican Salon: report and list of award winners

Louis-Joseph Touron (Swiss Ambassador in Mexico), Carlos Alonso (CEO of the SIAR) and Carlo Lamprecht (CEO of the GPHG) proceed with the formal opening of the SIAR 2017 at the St. Regis Hotel.