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For the second consecutive year, Richard Mille travelled to Hong Kong as one of the exhibitors at Watches&Wonders; a chance to catch up with the founder and CEO of the brand. How did Watches&Wonders turn out for Richard Mille, given the marked slowdown in Swiss watch sales in Asia? Richard Mille: The supposedly "marked" slowdown, which the media was quick to relay, was...

Christophe Roulet

Markets - // Economy // Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A mixed bag for 2014 results

Even as Swiss watchmaking stands poised for another record year in 2014, with exports reaching CHF 22 billion, the mood is no longer quite so buoyant. Growth for the year is expected to be in the region of 3% versus 2% in 2013. For Swiss watch manufacturers, 2014 has been a case of "loves me, loves me not". Some are unshakeably confident, such as Nick Hayek who remains adamant...

Christophe Roulet

Know How // Collection // Friday, 12 December 2014

The secrets of Bulgari watch design

The illustrious jeweller has developed a distinctive style for its watch collections. Rooted in pure lines and a rationalistic approach, it is no less joyful and convivial, like the Italians themselves. The design of a Bulgari watch doesn't lend itself easily to words; it is meant to be savoured. Defining a style that has made its mark ever since the Bvlgari Bvlgari made its debut in 1977 is...

Louis Nardin

Know How // Thursday, 11 December 2014

Omega raises the bar for certification

Omega is launching a new certification - Master Co-Axial Officially Certified - in partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology. This new standard imposes more stringent criteria than the COSC, including tough demands in terms of resistance to magnetic fields. It will be open to the entire Swiss watch industry. It had to happen. After the initial series, in 1999, of one thousand...

Christophe Roulet

Know How // Wednesday, 10 December 2014

L’Épée 1839, a cut above

Even in a time of sluggish growth for the industry, one or two gems prove irresistible, such as the Two Hands double tourbillon and Starfleet Machine. An interview with Arnaud Nicolas, Chief Executive of L’Épée 1839, part of Swiza Group. L’Épée 1839 is celebrating its 175th anniversary after narrowly avoiding bankruptcy in 2009. What's the recipe for success? Arnaud Nicolas*: When we took...

Anaïs Georges du Clos

Know How // Monday, 8 December 2014

The search is (still) on for new escapements

At its recent Study Day, the Société Suisse de Chronométrie highlighted the impressive chain of innovation in regulating organs. One is the Genequand Escapement, the other the IsoSpring. Both result from ongoing research at Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique in Neuchâtel (CSEM), and the recently launched Instant-Lab, part of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL),...

Louis Nardin

Point of view // Friday, 5 December 2014

Make way for "artketing"

In October 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, an exhibition space designed by Frank Gehry, opened in Paris. French daily Le Monde took this opportunity to question Christophe Rioux, a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, on the increasingly close-knit ties between luxury and contemporary art. The entente between art and luxury is infinitely more than cordiale. The two have been dating for a while,...

Christophe Roulet

Point of view // Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Trees still grow up to the sky

The most effective forecast - at least for those of us who like to take a weekend break - isn't, so it seems, statistics, curves and counter-curves but the farmer's far more empirical method to look up at the sky, and let experience and knowledge do the rest. Move from precisions to predictions, and we find ourselves in even more dire straits: macroeconomic surveys have neither day nor night, sun...

Franco Cologni

Markets - // Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Mexico closer to God

With new president Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico has renewed faith thanks to an ambitious programme of reforms intended to establish the country as a foremost economic power. For the time being though, results – like watch sales – are playing hard to get. "Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States." This famous phrase, uttered almost a century ago by Porfirio Díaz, the...

Manuel Palos