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On September 9th, Apple revealed its new range of products, which includes the Apple Watch. They are, says Chief Executive Tim Cook, the "next chapter in Apple's story". Here is a round-up of what the press has to say. It's been a long wait since 2012, but Apple finally unveiled its smartwatch at a media event in Cupertino, California. The technology giant has launched its fair...

Félicie Roulet

History // In history // Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The adventure of the pilot's watch (III)

Since the very first civilisations, the measurement of time has progressed with Man's ingenuity. The same is true of aviation, which turned to watchmakers for accurate, functional, durable products. Timepieces in a class of their own with an immediately recognisable design. The end of the Second World War ushered in a golden age for civil and commercial aviation, and certain watch...

Gregory Gardinetti, Christophe Roulet, Emmanuel Schneider

 
History // In history // Monday, 15 September 2014

The adventure of the pilot's watch (II)

Since the very first civilisations, the measurement of time has progressed with Man's ingenuity. The same is true of aviation, and timepieces were the natural companions of those early adventurers who blazed a trail in the sky with their amazing, heavier-than-air machines. The rise of civil aviation in the 1920s and 1930s, alongside exploits by such legends as Mermoz, Lindberg, Saint Exupéry,...

Gregory Gardinetti, Christophe Roulet, Emmanuel Schneider

 
Markets - // Monday, 15 September 2014

Customs training in Miami: the battle to prevent infringements of Swiss made in America

The American customs administration and the FH are collaborating closely to curb unlawful use of the Swiss made label. For some time, all eyes in the watch industry have been turned to the East, to China. So is it business as usual in the West? This view tends to overlook the fact that in an average year, the American market is a highly profitable customer for the Swiss watch industry. As the...

Michel Arnoux / FH

 
History // Friday, 12 September 2014

The adventure of the pilot's watch (I)

Since the very first civilisations, the measurement of time has progressed with Man's ingenuity. The same is true of aviation, and timepieces were the natural companions of those early adventurers who blazed a trail in the sky with their amazing, heavier-than-air machines. How can we imagine the extraordinary advances in aviation without navigation? How could these improbable machines cross...

Gregory Gardinetti, Christophe Roulet, Emmanuel Schneider

 
Point of view // Wednesday, 10 September 2014

When history repeats itself

A scholar of the history of France may well come across the figure of Charles VII, a monarch with a turbulent reign. He is remembered as Charles the Victorious, for having put an end to the bloody Hundred Years War which, for more than a century, pitted French against English for the control of duchies. A good many historians, however, refer to Charles less as Victorious and more often as Well...

Franco Cologni

 
Know How // Monday, 8 September 2014

Centredoc, "keeping watch" for 50 years

A specialist in patent searches and technology monitoring, Centredoc started out in 1964 as a scientific and technical documentation centre for the watchmaking industry, an activity still in demand although half its clients now come from other sectors. Claude Laesser struggled to keep a straight face as he introduced himself to his audience, but this patents expert stood firm and, with the...

Fabrice Eschmann

 
Know How // Thursday, 4 September 2014

Hautlence, ten years and counting!

Hautlence's tenth anniversary marks a new departure. With new products, a new partnership with football legend Eric Cantona, and a new positioning campaign, the company aims to give itself the aura and drive of a full-fledged brand. In a few well-chosen words, Bill Muirhead, CEO of MELB Holding which acquired Hautlence in 2012, summed up the company's ambitions: "Hautlence has always been...

Christophe Roulet

 
History // Monday, 1 September 2014

Sotheby's prepares a "record" tribute to Patek Philippe

The sale on November 11th promises to be nothing short of memorable. On the occasion of Patek Philippe's 175th anniversary, Sotheby's is to auction the Henry Graves Supercomplication, delivered by the Manufacture in 1933. Estimated at CHF 15 million, there is little doubt the watch will achieve a new record price. The Henry Graves Patek Philippe Supercomplication is undoubtedly one of the few...

Christophe Roulet

 

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