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The first edition tested the waters. The second confirms this now annual Haute Horlogerie exhibition in Asia, which is set to become a fixture in the horological calendar. There was no mistaking the determination with which the Chief Executives of the thirteen exhibiting Maisons at Watches&Wonders* cut through the ceremonial ribbon at the official opening of the second Haute Horlogerie...

Christophe Roulet

Focus // From Switzerland with Love // Wednesday, 24 September 2014

From Switzerland with Love

As connected watches arrive in droves on the market, Swiss watchmaking continues to lay the groundwork for future conquests, with one major "practical" consideration: movement production. Mechanical, of course. No sooner had the likes of LG and Samsung taken IFA - the global trade show for consumer electronics in Berlin - by storm with their connected watches than technophiles were...

Christophe Roulet

 
Point of view // Va' pensiero // Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Biennale des Antiquaires

Twelve billion dollars. This is, we are officially told, the amount achieved by global art sales in 2013. A figure which experts assure us has never been reached for as long as a carefully controlled art market has existed. In a few months' time we shall find out whether 2014 reaches similar heights or if, like the luxury market, it experiences a certain slowdown in growth. There are,...

Franco Cologni

 
Markets - // Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Tuscany: clandestine immigration and counterfeiting go hand in hand

Three years ago in these same columns (Revue FH) we reported on efforts by officers of the Guardia di Finanza to curb counterfeiting in Tuscany. The region of Florence is well known beyond Italy’s borders for its rich manufacturing heritage, handed down from the Middle Ages. Over time, the modest artisans of yesteryear have become global brands. Unfortunately, this outward appearance of grand...

Michel Arnoux / FH

 
Point of view // Thursday, 18 September 2014

Apple Watch makes its debut, the market is sceptical

On September 9th, Apple revealed its new range of products, which includes the Apple Watch. They are, says Chief Executive Tim Cook, the "next chapter in Apple's story". Here is a round-up of what the press has to say. It's been a long wait since 2012, but Apple finally unveiled its smartwatch at a media event in Cupertino, California. The technology giant has launched its fair...

Félicie Roulet

 
History // Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The adventure of the pilot's watch (III)

Since the very first civilisations, the measurement of time has progressed with Man's ingenuity. The same is true of aviation, which turned to watchmakers for accurate, functional, durable products. Timepieces in a class of their own with an immediately recognisable design. The end of the Second World War ushered in a golden age for civil and commercial aviation, and certain watch...

Gregory Gardinetti, Christophe Roulet, Emmanuel Schneider

 
History // Monday, 15 September 2014

The adventure of the pilot's watch (II)

Since the very first civilisations, the measurement of time has progressed with Man's ingenuity. The same is true of aviation, and timepieces were the natural companions of those early adventurers who blazed a trail in the sky with their amazing, heavier-than-air machines. The rise of civil aviation in the 1920s and 1930s, alongside exploits by such legends as Mermoz, Lindberg, Saint Exupéry,...

Gregory Gardinetti, Christophe Roulet, Emmanuel Schneider

 
Markets - // Monday, 15 September 2014

Customs training in Miami: the battle to prevent infringements of Swiss made in America

The American customs administration and the FH are collaborating closely to curb unlawful use of the Swiss made label. For some time, all eyes in the watch industry have been turned to the East, to China. So is it business as usual in the West? This view tends to overlook the fact that in an average year, the American market is a highly profitable customer for the Swiss watch industry. As the...

Michel Arnoux / FH

 
History // Friday, 12 September 2014

The adventure of the pilot's watch (I)

Since the very first civilisations, the measurement of time has progressed with Man's ingenuity. The same is true of aviation, and timepieces were the natural companions of those early adventurers who blazed a trail in the sky with their amazing, heavier-than-air machines. How can we imagine the extraordinary advances in aviation without navigation? How could these improbable machines cross...

Gregory Gardinetti, Christophe Roulet, Emmanuel Schneider

 

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