Magazine - Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Front page

With new president Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico has renewed faith thanks to an ambitious programme of reforms intended to establish the country as a foremost economic power. For the time being though, results – like watch sales – are playing hard to get. "Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States." This famous phrase, uttered almost a century ago by Porfirio Díaz, the...

Manuel Palos

Know How // From the workbench // Friday, 21 November 2014

COSC: number-one for precision

Internationally recognised as the symbol of Swiss precision, the Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres (COSC) attests to the chronometric precision of a movement and, by extension, a watch. Introduced in 1973, it is still going strong. In 2013, the Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres (COSC) delivered 1,688,441 certificates. In 1976, the worst year in its records but also the same...

Louis Nardin

History // Auction // Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Patek Philippe well feted for its 175th anniversary

Excluding the Henry Graves Supercomplication, which went for an astounding CHF 23.2 million, this November's Geneva sales realised CHF 25.4 million with Patek Philippe alone. Antiquorum, Christie's and Sotheby's closed their autumn sessions on a total CHF 78.6 million. It would be an understatement to say that Geneva's salerooms paid a vibrant tribute to Patek Philippe this November for its...

Fabrice Eschmann

Markets - // Tuesday, 18 November 2014

What’s next

The 6th Forum de la Haute Horlogerie considered the future that awaits us, and how we should approach it if we are to go the distance. At the heart of discussions were the wrist-worn technologies to which we have become slaves. Businesses, like individuals, evolve within a constantly changing environment. The only thing that is constant is change, an observation made two and a half thousand...

Christophe Roulet

Point of view // Friday, 14 November 2014

"Young people, which we once were, will always follow their heart"

Coming here to Lausanne, and reflecting on the theme of this Forum, I asked myself a very simple question: imagine a young man, between 18 and 24 years old, just an ordinary young man, not some golden boy. What does he know about fine watches and true luxury? What does he think of them? I rather fear that his knowledge amounts to little or nothing. At the very least, he knows nothing of what we...

Franco Cologni

Know How // Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Switzerland equipped to train tomorrow's watchmakers

Every year since 2010, the Swiss watch industry has trained a record number of apprentices. In 2013, 385 of them obtained either a federal vocational education and training diploma (certificat fédéral de capacité/CFC), or a federal vocational education and training certificate (attestation fédérale de formation professionnelle/AFP). Ten years earlier, this figure was just 206. These future...

Thierry Brandt

Point of view // Thursday, 6 November 2014

Breguet's triumphant return to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

Conspicuously absent from recent editions, Swatch Group brands took four distinctions at this year's Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, with Breguet claiming the most prestigious award. Independent watchmakers were also out in force, while Seiko took the honours in one category. Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann had some home truths for the audience gathered at the 2014 Grand Prix...

Christophe Roulet

Point of view // Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Panerai under full sail

Sloops, cutters, schooners, ketches and yawls: hundreds of historic sailing craft take part in the Classic Yachts Challenge, sponsored for the past ten years by Officine Panerai. For the 2014 edition of this friendly but no less hard-fought race, boats jostled for position in eleven regattas, in Europe (Cowes, Antibes, Argentario, Naples, Mahon, Imperia, Cannes), North America (Marblehead,...

Thierry Brandt

Know How // Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Raising a glass to Fine Watchmaking

The association between Fine Watch brand Revelation and the Fonjallaz dynasty of wine growers has given rise to an exceptional rosé, intended to celebrate a timepiece in a class of its own. Not everyone would have imagined pairing wine with Fine Watchmaking, terroir with micromechanical genius. Yet this is precisely what Anouk Danthe and Olivier Leu have done. The duo, who in 2007 launched...

Christophe Roulet