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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 // Baselworld 2015 // 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

Trade fairs // Baselworld 2015 // Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Revelation downsizes to save its idea

The little brand from Lully-sur-Morges has abandoned its own-brand caliber and slashed its prices twenty-fold, but still enjoys playing on the display of time. What to do when you having a winning idea that isn’t the commercial success you’d hoped? Above all, don’t just push on blindly—instead rework it, adapt it, strip it down to its essence and jettison everything else with cheerful abandon....

Marco Cattaneo /

Trade fairs // Monday, 13 April 2015

A Swiss tourbillon chronograph for 14,900 Swiss francs! Who would dare?

At Baselworld, TAG Heuer has announced the end-of-year launch of a tourbillon chronograph priced at just CHF 14'900 (USD 15,450 - EUR 14,230). Is the brand looking to ruffle feathers? Photos of the watch had pride of place at the TAG Heuer stand yet, somewhat surprisingly, the object has gone unnoticed until now. Of course, Jean-Claude Biver had other priorities in his Baselworld announcement...

Michel Jeannot / BIPH

Trade fairs // Thursday, 9 April 2015

Omega enters the third dimension

Omega chose Baselworld to present the Globemaster, the first watch to meet the new Master Chronometer standard. Fitted with Co-Axial Calibre 8900, it withstands exposure to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss and is precise to between 0 and +5 seconds a day. Slowly but surely, Omega spins its web. The Co-Axial escapement, invented by George Daniels but developed for industrial production by...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Seiko: keep it functional

Grand Seiko, the epitome of advances made in Japanese watchmaking, is fifty-five this year. Last year its Hi-Beat GMT version won the plaudits of the judges at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, one of the highest accolades a watch can achieve. If a watch really is eternity in a case, as LVMH's watch guru Jean-Claude Biver claims, it would be no stretch of the imagination to say that...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Thursday, 2 April 2015

A meeting of minds

Having risen to prominence in other disciplines, they were relative latecomers to watchmaking, though with no less definite ambitions. For Bulgari, Chanel and Hermès, there can be only one objective and that is to rank among the best. Luxury houses Bulgari, Chanel and Hermès have more in common than meets the eye, at least with regard to their incursion into the world of time measurement, and...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Women’s Section

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 /

Trade fairs // Friday, 27 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