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Standout timepieces from top watch fair


WATCH aficionados, get set for a grand buffet in Friday's issue of BT Weekend magazine. Dig into the dazzling options on show recently at the biggest watch fair of the year - the 29th Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) - which saw top brands unveiling their latest designs and innovations in Geneva.

There was something for every taste: from Panerai watches for smaller wrists to candy-coloured bonbons from Richard Mille's latest sold-out collection. There was also controversy, in the form of Audemars Piguet's newly launched Code 11:59 collection, which divided critics and collectors in their response to the brand's new look. As for the rest - IWC, Hermes, Montblanc, Ulysse Nardin, A Lange & Sohne and more - look out for your favourite from standout timepieces on show.

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