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The Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, where Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus is kept, is until June host to The Mastery of Time. Presented side by side, these masterworks in horology and Renaissance drawings reflect the multiple facets of human invention. A gentle half-light bathes the room, which sits beneath the white alabaster vault that dominates the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, towering some...

Christophe Roulet

Know How // Training // Friday, 1 May 2015

Swiss watchmaking: the new face of training

After ten years' work, the reform of training in the watchmaking professions is all wrapped up. Much is riding on these changes for the industry, which can look forward to new training programmes, revised curricula and a simplified nomenclature, all designed to more closely match its needs. Three-quarters of the people employed by the Swiss watch industry work in a technical field, which gives...

Christophe Roulet

 
Trade fairs // Baselworld 2015 // Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Baselworld, time and reason

In a tense geopolitical climate, with customers more likely to think twice before they buy and as inventory accumulates, watch brands are playing safe with classic, functional and consequently more affordable products. The smartwatch "event", meanwhile, has so far turned out to be not so much a bang as a fizz. So Baselworld didn't turn into a showcase for the latest electronic...

Dominique Fléchon, Grégory Gardinetti, Christophe Roulet

 
Point of view // Monday, 27 April 2015

Ulysse Nardin riding the waves

The "brand with the anchor" is taking to the seas, at a rate of knots, as official partner to Artemis Racing, one of the teams competing in the 35th America's Cup. Like many of his compatriots, British skipper Iain Percy is as much a dab hand at humour as he is at taking the helm of his ultra-fast catamaran. The bewhiskered sailor spoke affably about the partnership that now unites...

Louis Nardin

 
Know How // Friday, 24 April 2015

The Blossoming of Ladies’ Timepieces

In 2008, it was still big news when a ladies’ watch had an automatic movement. The focus of most discussions about ladies’ timepieces was on design and finish. Most movements were still quartz, but ladies’ watches were emerging as the perfect venue for the finishing crafts of watchmaking, and it was an exciting time. Today, not only have ladies’ metiers pieces become entrenched as an important...

Carol Besler

 
Trade fairs // Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Breguet reinvents "Tradition"

The brand came to Baselworld with three new watches in its Tradition collection, including the Chronographe Indépendant 7077 and the Répétition Minutes Tourbillon 7087. Both offer further demonstration of what innovation means at Breguet. In Breguet's language, "Tradition" means a collection of timepieces whose main movement parts are positioned in full view above the plate, and such...

Christophe Roulet

 
Point of view // Monday, 20 April 2015

Marc Hayek: "Show what we're made of!"

Marc Hayek, member of Swatch Group's Executive Management Board and the man at the head of Blancpain, Breguet and Jaquet Droz, talks about the drop in average spend on watches, and how strategic choices made in recent years are showing their significance in the current climate. At Baselworld, Marc Hayek gave the lowdown on Blancpain, Breguet and Jaquet Droz, three of the six brands in Swatch...

Christophe Roulet

 
Trade fairs // Friday, 17 April 2015

Anniversary Exclusives

It was a year of anniversaries at Baselworld, with special editions celebrating not just brands’ foundational dates, but anniversaries of key collections, archival icons, founders’ birthdays and more. It seems almost anything is fair game as an inspiration for a special edition anniversary timepiece. A quick look through immediate past sales at Antiquorum and Christie’s, for example, reveals a...

Carol Besler

 

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