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According to Jean-Claude Biver, President of the LVMH Group’s Watch Division, “Women are the future of watchmaking.” A few years ago, it was still unimaginable. Display cases turned mothers into seven-year-old girls—back when owning a pink Flik Flak gave life meaning. At Baselworld 2015, women have (at last) been given their own collections. And they cover the full spectrum, from precious to...

Mathilde Binetruy / WtheJournal.com

Trade fairs // Baselworld 2015 // Thursday, 26 March 2015

A matter of great complexity

The tourbillon has spread like wildfire through the profession, to the extent that companies which choose to make it the only complication in a calibre could easily be accused of taking the easy option. Not so at Baselworld. While any self-respecting watchmaker today would feel a pinch of shame at not having a tourbillon in its collections, this hasn't always been the case. For many decades,...

Christophe Roulet

 
Point of view // Va' pensiero // Thursday, 26 March 2015

In honour of merit

A few days after Jacques Duchêne passed away, I searched various print and online newspapers for articles on this truly exceptional personality in Swiss watchmaking. And was surprised by how little I found. As though a career spanning several decades could be written in the sand when he left us pages that are carved in the stone of an era. And so I would like to briefly remember him here. I may...

Franco Cologni

 
Trade fairs // Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Class(ic) acts

While complications are a rite of passage in any watchmaker's quest for horological kudoz, the minimalist approach that strips the dial bare of all but hours, minutes and possibly seconds is an unforgiving art. Certain exhibitors at Baselworld have elevated the time-only watch to the ultimate exercise in style. When Boucheron unveiled the Épure watch two years ago, it was in dire need of a...

Christophe Roulet

 
Trade fairs // Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Tudor hits the mark

Tudor came to Baselworld with its first two watches to be powered by an in-house, COSC-certified calibre. The product of a perfectly mastered industrial project, as one would expect of Rolex's sister brand, these timepieces are hitting the market at extremely competitive prices. At the end of the day, Swatch Group won on all counts, including ideological, and can phase out supplies of movements...

Christophe Roulet

 
Trade fairs // Monday, 23 March 2015

Antonio Calce, CEO of Girard-Perregaux: “We’re going to make the products that the brand needs”

The new head of Sowind (Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard) intends to take Girard-Perregaux back tobasics. In particular, new products, a new communication strategy and strengthened distribution are on the menu. Meanwhile,JeanRichard will continue its business activities with aggressive entry-level prices. The new CEO of Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard is a man focused predominantly on...

Michel Jeannot / BIPH

 
Trade fairs // Sunday, 22 March 2015

LVMH takes Baselworld by storm

With its 100% watch brands Hublot, Zenith and TAG Heuer, French luxury giant LVMH marked its territory at the world watch and jewellery show, where a major partnership was announced between TAG Heuer, Intel and Google to develop a smartwatch, no less! LVMH has communication down to a fine art, as it demonstrated on the opening day of Baselworld 2015, the biggest gathering of watch brands...

Christophe Roulet

 
Trade fairs // Thursday, 19 March 2015

A ballet of tourbillons at Antoine Preziuso

The Geneva-based watchmaker has created a work of mechanical choreography with three tourbillonsturning in harmony on a revolving plate. Three tourbillonsrevolveon their axis, positioned on a plate which is also revolving,all driven by a triple planetary differential: with his "Tourbillon des Tourbillons", presented at the 2015 Baselworld, Antoine Preziuso invites us to marvel at a...

Marco Cattaneo / WtheJournal.com

 
Trade fairs // Thursday, 19 March 2015

Connected watches gatecrash Baselworld

Baselworld, the world watch and jewellery show, officially launched its 43rd edition on March 19th. With 1,500 exhibitors, of which close to 300 Swiss brands, there's a lot to take in. Connected watches, however, were the main item on the menu on this opening day. No-one can say Apple hasn't done a good job. Only a fool would have imagined that the tech giant could allow itself the luxury of...

Christophe Roulet

 

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