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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 - // In the market // 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 // Va' pensiero // 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

 
Trade fairs // Friday, 24 October 2014

Women's timepieces prevail at Watches&Wonders

Women were at the heart of the 2014 edition of the Haute Horlogerie exhibition in Asia. And what better way to appeal to their sense of beauty than to combine the métiers d'art with mechanical art. An alliance that might almost have overshadowed the collections for men. Is Watches&Wonders guilty of sexism? Were men not welcome at this second edition of the fair? Was this a ladies-only...

Christophe Roulet

 
Point of view // Thursday, 23 October 2014

The apprentice collector

It's something we repeat over and over, to the point it has become almost a mantra: a fine watch contains not just mechanical perfection, beauty and the precious nature of the materials of which it is composed: it holds stories, loves and memories too. These are the self-same stories which day after day fuel the collector's passion. Those who already possess watches worthy of interest and those...

Franco Cologni

 

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