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Under the tutelage of Miguel Rodriguez and the Festina group since 2004, the brand has weathered the past few years with a slightly vague strategy. But apparently things are set to change, or at least that’s the aim of new General Manager Tristan Boyer de Bouillane, who arrived at the helm of the company in December. This will be no easy task, as he intends a thorough clean up on all fronts:...

Thierry Brandt

History // Museums // Friday, 27 February 2015

Geneva watchmaking on show in Beijing

Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and China, the Capital Museum in Beijing is hosting, from April, an exhibition from the Geneva Museum of Art and History in partnership with Manufacture Vacheron Constantin. Titled "Geneva at the Heart of Time", it traces Swiss watchmaking culture back to its origins. Since 2012, as part of its Métiers...

Christophe Roulet

Know How // Collection // Monday, 23 February 2015

Infinitely high standards at De Bethune

In Geneva, the brand presented three new watches and revealed its production secrets: pursuing its verticalization strategy and fostering old friendships! De Bethune has unveiled three new products during the most important week of watchmaking in Geneva. The first, the DB25T Zodiac—technically demanding with its tourbillon, jumping seconds and five-day power reserve—appeals to the emotions...

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Know How // Friday, 20 February 2015

Bovet 1822: as far as chronometry can go

Bovet 1822's recent unveiling of the Amadeo Fleurier BraveHeart presents a timepiece that pushes the boundaries of chronometric precision. The result is an exceptional creation, a limited edition of course, for which five patents have been filed. Hotel Beau-Rivage, with its breathtaking vista of Geneva's lakefront, welcomed us for this meeting with representatives of Bovet 1822. An appointment...

Christophe Roulet

Point of view // Wednesday, 18 February 2015

2015 Forecasts

Each month, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH) compiles and publishes a review of Swiss watch exports. In addition to the summary made available to the general public, the Federation's members are able to refine these figures based on a range of criteria. These statistics are put together by the Federation from data supplied by the Swiss federal customs authority. Hence there can be...

Franco Cologni

Markets - // Monday, 16 February 2015

Happy but not elated

Latest statistics for the branch, together with annual results for Swatch Group and Richemont's nine-month figures, leave no doubt. The Swiss watch industry is cooling off. Records are still being set, but the mood is more subdued. Each new announcement these past weeks has confirmed what many were already predicting, but couldn't yet put into numbers: Swiss watchmaking is in the midst of a...

Christophe Roulet

Focus // Wednesday, 11 February 2015

SIHH: time eschews excess

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in January is the launchpad for the trends that will define the horological year. The latest and 25th edition marked the return of classicism and sobriety as brands extolled the virtues of moderation and self-restraint. In a tense context to say the least, following the Swiss National Bank's surprise decision to no longer peg national currency...

Dominique Fléchon, Grégory Gardinetti, Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Monday, 9 February 2015

SIHH: women and diamonds first in line

In French, the terms “grande complication”, “technical prowess”, “ambition”, “excellence” and the “new watchmaking year” are all feminine. And as the SIHH comes to a close, it is clear that 2015 will be all about women. Is it not a sign of great progress for a woman to be able to give a man the time while extracting a jaw-dropping “wow!!” from him as he marvels at the mechanical beauty on her...

Mathilde Binetruy /

Trade fairs // Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Creative inspiration

An anniversary, whether of a brand or one of its watches, is always a noteworthy event, as is the launch of a new collection. For the Maisons in question, they are an outlet for creativity… for those that dare, at least. A look at some of the new offerings unveiled at the 2015 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. As Alexandre Peraldi, head of design at Baume & Mercier, explains,...

Christophe Roulet