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A Poinçon de Genève standard for every watch and avant-garde styling distinguish this Geneva manufacture from other elite brands. On paper, the criteria for Poinçon de Genève authentication are impressive. Page after page of detailed instructions dictate the specific decoration and finish acceptable for each component, from circular grained screw heads and polished inner edges of wheel teeth...

Carol Besler

Focus // Art and Watchmaking // Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Watchmaking's affairs of the art

Irrespective of claims that watchmaking is an art akin to painting or sculpture, its embracing of artistic activity, almost independently of its primary function to record time, has sparked a dialogue with a world beyond the purely mechanical. Friends of the arts and of culture in general will have had a busy diary these past three months, as watchmakers have concocted an unusually rich...

Christophe Roulet

Point of view // Va' pensiero // Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Tales to tell

We are told that history gives guidance to human existence. Sometimes though, a simple anecdote is enough to make history. The Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte in Milan recently published La regola del talento [The Rule of Talent], presenting Italy's seventeen foremost schools of applied arts and crafts. They include the Nazareno Fonticoli school of tailoring in Penne, a small town in...

Franco Cologni

Markets - // Monday, 7 July 2014

Swiss watchmaking's missing billion

Counterfeit Swiss watches represent an annual shortfall in revenue of one billion Swiss francs, the equivalent of a thousand jobs. Last year, a million fake watches were seized following action by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. Buyers face heavy penalties. The sun is high in the sky. The sea stretches to the horizon in a patchwork of blues. Beach loungers beckon. Summer is...

Quentin Simonet

Know How // Thursday, 3 July 2014

Jaeger-LeCoultre, artist and watchmaker

With this Hybris Artistica, Jaeger-LeCoultre demonstrates a rare mastery of technique. The twelve creations in the collection are masterpieces of horology that revisit the Manufacture's finest repertoire. In January, at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, visitors came away from Jaeger-LeCoultre's stand with the distinct feeling of wanting more. Not that the...

Christophe Roulet

Point of view // Monday, 30 June 2014

Hublot lands in Brazil

Like the World Cup itself, Hublot is everywhere. On its ambassadors' wrists, soccer stars or not, on the Copacabana sands, in glossy magazines, and most of all inside the stadiums, held aloft by the fourth official. Fever pitch! According to the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), the last World Cup, held in South Africa in 2010, kept 3.2 billion fans on the edge of their...

Christophe Roulet

Know How // Friday, 27 June 2014

In their element

As the days grow warmer and thoughts turn to ocean peregrinations, now is the time to decide which dive watch will join us on the waterfront with a pick of the models on offer this year. We've said it before and we'll say it again: no bona fide deep-sea enthusiast will venture underwater without a dive computer strapped to their wrist. After all, these miniature marvels of technology are vital...

Christophe Roulet

Point of view // Thursday, 26 June 2014

Paris, and beyond

Through a series of "cultural and social" initiatives, culture being the driving force of society, numerous Swiss watch Manufactures have made significant investments in and around Paris, thanks to which countless treasures have been restored to their original splendour. Thus Vacheron Constantin lends its support to the Garnier Opera House and its company, the Paris Opera Ballet, heir...

Franco Cologni

Point of view // Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Rolex's 3Cs: confidence, continuity, consistency

Much to everyone's surprise, Rolex has come out of its silence. The Geneva-based firm, which generally keeps a low profile, is still sparing with detail but in his first ever interview, Bertrand Gros nonetheless lifts a corner of the veil that shrouds the business. One way to keep the legend alive. Does this chink in the armour signal a new trend in communication from the world's...

Quentin Simonet