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Sotheby's and Antiquorum held sessions in Hong Kong for one, New York for the other, with mixed fortunes. While the former realised a more than satisfactory total, the latter can rank this among its least memorable sales… some might even say flops, given the numerous lots that went unsold. A world record for a Patek Philippe in Hong Kong and a debacle in New York: such was the outcome of the...

Fabrice Eschmann

Trade fairs // Baselworld 2014 // Monday, 14 April 2014

Arnold & Son, back in the spotlight

The brand presented five new complication movements at Baselworld. Backed by Manufacture La Joux-Perret, it can look forward to a serene and potentially brilliant future. As friends and as watchmakers, Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) and John Arnold (1736-1799) held each other in such high regard that in 1808 Breguet mounted his first tourbillon in a chronometer made by his late friend. It...

Louis Nardin

 
Trade fairs // Baselworld 2014 // Thursday, 10 April 2014

All their own work

Oris, TAG Heuer, Breitling, Rolex, Patek Philippe and Blancpain were among the brands to introduce new in-house calibres at Baselworld. A brief presentation of these "engines", all unprecedented, of course. In with the new. This year's Baselworld lived up to expectations with a host of creations plucked from watchmakers' hyperactive imagination. Not that all the major developments...

Quentin Simonet

 
Trade fairs // Baselworld 2014 // Monday, 7 April 2014

When a thousand flowers bloom…

Les Cristalleries Royales de Saint-Louis, part of the Hermès group since 1989, are perhaps best known for their "millefiori" glass paperweights. A craft never seen in watchmaking, until today. Already last year, Hermès unveiled a remarkable showcase for the expertise of Les Cristalleries Royales de Saint-Louis, which has been producing glass and crystalware since 1586, and has been...

Christophe Roulet

 
Trade fairs // Friday, 4 April 2014

Omega takes anti-magnetic further

A year after premiering its first anti-magnetic movement, Omega now applies this technology to a wide range of chronometer calibres. Next up chronographs and, ultimately, 90% of its mechanical production. An interview with Chief Executive Stephen Urquhart. With the Winter Olympics in Sochi still fresh in everyone's mind, Omega, the official timekeeper of the Games, was already headed for...

Christophe Roulet

 
Trade fairs // Thursday, 3 April 2014

Hermès takes time by surprise

The Parisian firm introduces a new timepiece to its Le Temps de l'Imaginaire collection. After the Grandes Heures and Le Temps Suspendu, make way for the Dressage L'heure masquée and its playful perception of time. Beyond any philosophical consideration, time at Hermès is personal. We all have our own conception of an environment that dictates biological rhythms to tempos which are invariably...

Christophe Roulet

 
Trade fairs // Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Romain Gauthier, art and technique

The constant-force Logical One, with four patents to its name, was already a sensation. Now with the addition of a cover, with an opening for a dial and subdial, the Logical One becomes a new canvas for the métiers d'art. The success of Romain Gauthier the brand is mirrored in the personality of Romain Gauthier the man, a constructor of precision machines with a keen interest in mechanics, and...

Christophe Roulet

 
Trade fairs // Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Grand Seiko, the height of mechanical watchmaking from Japan

Introduced in 1960, the Grand Seiko is without doubt the Japanese firm's number-one calling card for mechanical watches. Further proof this year with a high-frequency GMT that meets the standards imposed by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres. Mention the Seiko name, and invariably people think of its quartz technology and the tidal wave this unleashed on the watch market in the...

Christophe Roulet

 
Trade fairs // Monday, 31 March 2014

Harry Winston's new mechanical face

Harry Winston puts on its first Baselworld since joining Swatch Group just over a year ago. The mechanical watches it unveiled there are a reminder of its new owner's force. It's been all go for the teams at Harry Winston this past year, the first since the brand came under the Swatch Group banner in January 2013. The world-famous jeweller came to Baselworld with an armada of new models that...

Christophe Roulet

 
Trade fairs // Friday, 28 March 2014

5 questions for Michele Sofisti, CEO of Girard-Perregaux

At the helm of Girard-Perregaux since 2011, Michele Sofisti has brought a breath of fresh air to the brand from Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, and this new lease of life is now ready to hit points of sale. In terms of business, the CEO is expecting a tough year for the entire watchmaking industry. Since you took up your role in September 2011, you have concentrated your considerable efforts on...

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