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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 et Emmanuel Schneider

Point of view // Va' pensiero // Wednesday, 10 September 2014

When history repeats itself

A scholar of the history of France may well come across the figure of Charles VII, a monarch with a turbulent reign. He is remembered as Charles the Victorious, for having put an end to the bloody Hundred Years War which, for more than a century, pitted French against English for the control of duchies. A good many historians, however, refer to Charles less as Victorious and more often as Well...

Franco Cologni

Know How // The expert's view // Monday, 8 September 2014

Centredoc, "keeping watch" for 50 years

A specialist in patent searches and technology monitoring, Centredoc started out in 1964 as a scientific and technical documentation centre for the watchmaking industry, an activity still in demand although half its clients now come from other sectors. Claude Laesser struggled to keep a straight face as he introduced himself to his audience, but this patents expert stood firm and, with the...

Fabrice Eschmann

Know How // Thursday, 4 September 2014

Hautlence, ten years and counting!

Hautlence's tenth anniversary marks a new departure. With new products, a new partnership with football legend Eric Cantona, and a new positioning campaign, the company aims to give itself the aura and drive of a full-fledged brand. In a few well-chosen words, Bill Muirhead, CEO of MELB Holding which acquired Hautlence in 2012, summed up the company's ambitions: "Hautlence has always been...

Christophe Roulet

History // Monday, 1 September 2014

Sotheby's prepares a "record" tribute to Patek Philippe

The sale on November 11th promises to be nothing short of memorable. On the occasion of Patek Philippe's 175th anniversary, Sotheby's is to auction the Henry Graves Supercomplication, delivered by the Manufacture in 1933. Estimated at CHF 15 million, there is little doubt the watch will achieve a new record price. The Henry Graves Patek Philippe Supercomplication is undoubtedly one of the few...

Christophe Roulet

Markets - // Thursday, 28 August 2014

Kering fuels its watchmaking ambitions

When in 2011 Kering became the new owner of Sowind, and with it the Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard brands, the French multinational sent its Trojan Horse into Swiss watchmaking. Ulysse Nardin is its latest catch. The number of independent watch manufacturers is dwindling fast, particularly among those which, by dint of their size, struggle to keep pace with the industry's giants. In other...

Christophe Roulet

Markets - // Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Watch sector announces lukewarm half-year figures

Currency swings have taken a bite out of the main groups' results. The situation should improve slightly in the second half-year, although growth will remain slim. With the exception of Swatch Group, watchmakers delivered a mixed bag of results for the first half-year, with groups underperforming on market expectations despite continued growth. Looking beyond the counter-productive short-term...

Quentin Simonet

Markets - // Thursday, 21 August 2014

Maxime Rius, Parmigiani's man in Moscow

Parmigiani Fleurier has sent an atypical and loquacious watchmaker to the Russian capital. Born in Normandy, France, Maxime Rius has set up the Manufacture's workshop in the city, where he has sole responsibility for servicing and repairing the watches brought to him by his Russian and Kazak clientele. Meet the man. Back in 2011, Maxime Rius would have preferred Asia as a destination. But as...

Jean-Didier Revoin

Know How // Monday, 18 August 2014

The Roger Dubuis Edge

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