SIHH 2012 has gone by in a blizzard of tourbillons, minute repeaters, perpetual calendars, and other haute horological masterpieces, plus the odd watch that one can picture wearing on an everyday basis.There were a fair few dragons around too -- of the kind designed in set diamonds and gold, wrapping themselves around jewelry watches. It's the Year of the Dragon in China, of course, and if there was any doubt about the influence the Chinese exert on the luxury watch industry now, SIHH dispelled it. We saw more than one major watch reworked into a new, reduced-size version to cater to more slender wrists.The explosion in Chinese and other emerging markets sustained the watch industry through the economic turbulence of recent years, and Swiss companies will continue to turn ever more eastward in 2012. What that means for traditional markets and traditional tastes is hard to say, but right now it means there's no shortage of stupendous horological creations being produced. That's good news at all ends of the market, and provides lots to ogle. Here are the SIHH pieces I've been ogling the most this week. Continue Reading ]More...[/url]