SIHH 2013 begins

A look at the watches to be shown at the 2013 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, where brands such as Cartier, IWC and Piaget exhibit their timepieces.

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Well, it's here: the 2013 edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie has finally started. Once again, the most famous names in fine watchmaking have descended upon the well-groomed city of Geneva for what many regard as the world's premier horological event.

Running from Monday 21 to Friday 25 January, the salon sees 16 exhibitors showcasing their latest creations, including Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Van Cleef & Arpels, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier and Vacheron Constantin. This is the place to witness the very latest in fine watch design - many the culmination of years of research and development. So exclusive is SIHH that all 12,500 guests are specially invited - the show is not open to the general public. Thankfully, we're on the guest list and will be reporting in real time, bringing you the latest launches from these horological powerhouses.

The SIHH isn't just about the latest complications and cutting-edge movements, however. It is also an event that shows you just how far watch design can be pushed, with lavish diamond settings and every kind of precious stone and metal you could dream of, all deployed to alluring effect. Last year's SIHH saw a whole host of delights, which the brands may well outdo in 2013.

Here is a selection of just a handful of the watches we expect to see this year, with the biggest and best no doubt saved for the show itself. You can also see some of last year's video coverage too.

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