Image by Kristian Dowling.The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is the first big watch event of the year, and has an important role in setting the tone for the months to come. And even though it’s four months out big changes are afoot at SIHH.Ralph Lauren’s genteel hunting lodge/man-cave will be replaced by a watchmakers square. Image by Kristian Dowling.In news so fresh it hasn’t even made the SIHH website there are some important changes for the salon. Ralph Lauren will not be appearing at SIHH 2016, with the fashion house instead focussing its horological efforts on the United States. But don’t expect that the 1500 square metre space that the big American occupied to be empty – nine of the most respected names in independent horology will be forming a ‘Watchmaker Square.’ This “salon within a salon” will see Christophe Claret, De Bethune, H.…

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