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The brand positions itself squarely in a segment of affordable fine watches, and is working on a clearer identification of its products that will drive this message home. Chief Executive Aldo Magada explains. In the land of watchmaking, when a brand makes it to a century and a half, this is generally the cue for sumptuous celebrations crowned by a range of truly exceptional products. After...

Christophe Roulet

Know How // Collection // Trade fairs // Baselworld 2015 // Monday, 18 May 2015

Mechanical beauties line up for Chopard and Mille Miglia

Chopard has equipped the Mille Miglia collection with its first in-house calibres, inside the new GTS watches. The brand continues its vertical integration and now covers 20% of its needs with its own production. Next stop: a women's movement and ultimately a full range of Fairmined watches. The introduction of in-house calibres to the Mille Miglia "motor sport" collection marks an...

Christophe Roulet

 
History // In history // Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Vacheron Constantin at the heart of time in China (II)

"Geneva at the Heart of Time – The Origin of Swiss Watchmaking Culture" opened in Beijing at end April. With 350 exhibits on loan from the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire in Geneva and Vacheron Constantin, it is already one of the major events of the watchmaking year in Asia. Following a double heist carried out in the early 2000s, and the subsequent closing of the museum where they were...

Christophe Roulet

 
Point of view // Monday, 11 May 2015

Milan 2015

The choir of parents and children that sang for the inaugural ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 on May 1st introduced a wonderful variation to the Italian national anthem, replacing the original words, "Let us join in a cohort / We are ready to die", with "We are ready for life." A prospect further emphasised by the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who, when declaring the fair...

Franco Cologni

 
History // Friday, 8 May 2015

Vacheron Constantin at the heart of time in China (I)

"Geneva at the Heart of Time – The Origin of Swiss Watchmaking Culture" opened in Beijing at end April. The exhibition was patiently brought to fruition by the Capital Museum in Beijing, the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire in Geneva and Vacheron Constantin, and is already a landmark event in Asia. On a warm April evening in Beijing, excitement mounted with the impending inauguration of...

Christophe Roulet

 
History // Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Inside genius

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 // 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 // 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

 

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