Magazine - Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

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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 // Baselworld 2015 // 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 // Baselworld 2015 // 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 /

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

Point of view // Thursday, 19 March 2015

Omega, onwards and upwards

As Baselworld opens, Omega Chief Executive Stephen Urquhart talked to Migros Magazine about the upwardly mobile brand, which has price points between CHF 6,000 and 9,000, and produces 500,000 Co-Axial movements a year. Swatch Group created a buzz last December when it announced new certification based on research carried out for Omega's Co-Axial movements, which now withstand magnetic fields up...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Baselworld welcomes complications

With the countdown to the Basel watch and jewellery show under way, certain brands have already lifted a corner of the veil on the products they'll be launching there. As already seen at this year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, complications are a sine qua non for brands. Complications are, of course, as much a part of horology as the measuring of the hours, minutes and seconds...

Christophe Roulet