In any event the SIHH is not only about VC, there were some very interesting pieces and some of my favorites were from brands I hadn't even looked at in the past 10 years. So here are some of my favorites (all were not exhibiting at SIHH but in hotels around) in alphabetical order:
Audemars Piguet Millenary:
I'm biaised towards the Millenary case, I find it to be original and so well proportioned. This new version with visible top plates is extremely modern and looks amazingly cool with the ruthenium coating.
scan courtesy of Paul Boutros:
Baume et Mercier: Capeland Chronograph
A brand I hadn't looked at for almost 10 years, this new Capeland chrono is inspired by a vintage piece made in the 40s
De Bethune DB 28
WOW WOW WOW! I have always had immense respect for DeBethunes technical expertise but vnever saw a watch I would actually liked to wear as I din't like their cases. The DB 28 is sust stunning from every angle and it is on my 2011 wish list
Greubel Forsey Tourbillon Technique
GF make some of the most interesting tourbillons in the worl but at close to $350k retail for most of their watches only few mortals can afford them. The Tourbillon rechnique with its 3 dimensional movement construction and superbe finish and no details overlooked philosophy is probably one of the most interesting watches currently available.
MB&F: Horological Machine 2 SV
I love what the folks at MB&F do, they are probably the most creative brand, but their creativity and audacity is not gimmicky but truly horologically inspired. Here is the last version of the HM2 which has the top of the case replaced by a saphire section enabling one to admire the amazing details of the movement and its superb finish.
Roger Dubuis La Monegasque Chronograph
Like Baume & Mercier I had stiopped fining Dubuis watches interesting, for the past years they were loud and inelegant in my opinion but this year with the launching of the Monegasque (which is nothing other than a reinterpretation of the brand's iconic Sympathie models) I say hat's off because this collection is spectacular.