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Focus // Distribution networks are a genuine open sesame for watchmakers // Sunday, 18 March 2007

Distribution networks are a genuine open sesame for watchmakers

This is perhaps a truism but it is nevertheless a current hot potato: without high performance distribution networks, Swiss watchmaking would not be in a position to ride the crest of a wave that has been this positive for the last three years. This obvious fact, as corny as it seems, is nevertheless clearly easier to put into words than it is to put into practice. With more than 95% of its...

Christophe Roulet

 
Focus // 2006, a year of superlatives for the luxury watchmaking industry // Friday, 16 February 2007

“Since the middle of the Eighties, Swiss watchmaking has been on an upward path”

The Swiss Watchmaking Industry Federation (FH) is based in Bienne and is the organisation that crowns the profession. Constituted as a professional association under private law, it has more than 500 members, or more than 90 % of all Swiss watch and clock makers. This means that the FH is an observatory of choice of developments in the sector. Its Chairman, Jean-Daniel Pasche, now gives us his...

Christophe Roulet

 
Focus // Sans outil industriel la Haute Horlogerie n'est rien // Monday, 15 January 2007

Who sells Haute Horlogerie watches?

Following the example of the major groups in the sector (Swatch, LVMH, Richemont) which, given the scope of their activity, are backed by worldwide integrated distribution networks, Haute Horlogerie companies are constantly looking to extend their own sales networks, especially in emerging markets such as China, Russia or India where Swiss watches are beginning to take off. Distribution is...

Christophe Roulet

 
Focus // Sans outil industriel la Haute Horlogerie n'est rien // Monday, 15 January 2007

Where does this leave the craftsman?

This "re-industrialisation" has been key to the recent development of high-end watches, and therefore of Swiss watchmaking as a whole. This process has gone hand-in-hand with some serious upgrading of the production tool. One can safely say that mechanical watches have never been as precise or as reliable as they are today, further enhanced by unique complications and rare embellishments. ...

Christophe Roulet

 
Focus // Sans outil industriel la Haute Horlogerie n'est rien // Monday, 15 January 2007

On the necessary industrialisation of Haute Horlogerie

Who imagines Haute Horlogerie watches? Haute Horlogerie refers essentially to self-winding or hand-wound mechanical watches, as conceptualising this type of watch requires a consummate level of expertise in micro-mechanics. To imagine a watch and bring it to life using mechanical parts is infinitely more complex than with the electronics of quartz movements. Hardly surprising then that Haute...

Christophe Roulet

 
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