Magazine - Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

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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 // Va' pensiero // 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

Trade fairs // Watches & Wonders 2014 // Tuesday, 21 October 2014

"The future is ours"

Chief Executive Wilhelm Schmid sees bright days ahead for A. Lange & Söhne. Demand already exceeds production, with numerous markets and the women's watch segment still largely unexplored. All of which gives Glashütte's own plenty to celebrate in this 20th anniversary year. Schmid took time out from Watches&Wonders to say more. Autumn got off to a busy start for A. Lange & Söhne....

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Friday, 17 October 2014

IWC returns to its favourite Portofino

The Italian fishing village of Portofino is the symbol of la dolce vita. It is also the name of one of IWC's collections, a flagship of the brand since 1984 and now home to a new range of women's watches, previewed at Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong. Given the number of times IWC has descended on Portofino - for each launch in its eponymous collection - the brand should soon be entitled to...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Thursday, 16 October 2014

Piaget showcases the watchmaker's art

At Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong, Piaget trained the spotlight on its singularity in extra-thin movements, skeletonwork and the métiers d'art, leaving no doubt that the brand is without equivalent. Its savoir-faire is evidenced in all its collections. Anyone concerned that they may leave Watches&Wonders - which ran until early October in Hong Kong - without having learned all there was...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Jaeger-LeCoultre caught in a virtuous circle

As the adventure of the first Hybris Artistica draws to a close, Jaeger-LeCoultre keeps aficionados satisfied with the Rendez-Vous Ivy and the Hybris Mechanica 11. There is also a new collection in the offing, scheduled for launch in 2015. The details from Chief Executive Daniel Riedo, at Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong. Some things speak for themselves, beginning with the calm that reigned...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Monday, 13 October 2014

"We have acquired legitimate status as a watchmaker"

Van Cleef & Arpels Chief Executive Nicolas Bos, in Hong Kong for the Watches&Wonders fine watch fair, talks about the brand's timepieces and its wish to bring fine jewellery closer to the general public. No need to roam the aisles of Watches&Wonders, the Haute Horlogerie exhibition in Asia which held its second edition in Hong Kong at end September, in search of the Van Cleef &...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Friday, 10 October 2014

Dynamic Montblanc

It's been one sensation after another since Jérôme Lambert took the commands at Montblanc. The Meisterstück Heritage men's collection that debuted earlier this year now steps aside for the Bohème collection of women's watches, which the brand unveiled at Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong. Montblanc came to Watches&Wonders with a clear objective in mind: "to bring the Manufacture spirit...

Christophe Roulet

Trade fairs // Thursday, 9 October 2014

Audemars Piguet takes a pragmatic approach

In Hong Kong for the Watches&Wonders Haute Horlogerie Exhibition, Audemars Piguet Chief Executive François-Henry Bennahmias looks back over a year of transition for the brand. At the beginning of the year, you talked about 2014 as a year of consolidation for Audemars Piguet, with some "sensible choices" in product terms and a recentring on the Royal Oak Offshore. What's the...

Christophe Roulet