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News // Events // Friday, 21 November 2014

Exceptional partnership between École Boulle and the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin

École Boulle, one of the largest European art and design schools and Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch manufacturer with an uninterrupted activity for nearly 260 years, have announced an unprecedented partnership agreement. On this occasion, Christophe Hespel, École Boulle Director, and Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO Vacheron Constantin, presented a programme entitled “Métiers d’Art et...

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Know How // From the workbench // Friday, 21 November 2014

COSC: number-one for precision

Internationally recognised as the symbol of Swiss precision, the Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres (COSC) attests to the chronometric precision of a movement and, by extension, a watch. Introduced in 1973, it is still going strong. In 2013, the Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres (COSC) delivered 1,688,441 certificates. In 1976, the worst year in its records but also the same...

Louis Nardin

 
News // Events // Thursday, 20 November 2014

Swiss watchmaking in October 2014: very high levels

October was a very good month for the Swiss watch industry. Exports attained their highest monthly level with a value of 2.3 billion francs. This represents an increase of 5.2% compared to October 2013. Since the start of the year, the sector has recorded growth of 3.1%, to 18.4 billion francs. The positive trend was supported by gold and bimetallic watches. Steel timepieces also exceeded...

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History // Auction // Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Patek Philippe well feted for its 175th anniversary

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

 
News // News models // Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date and Moon-Phases

For the first time ever, the mechanical heart of the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 watch is revealed under a transparent sapphire dial. In a deft combination of technology and style, this model is enhanced by its Art Deco-inspired aesthetic code and its uncompromisingly contemporary mechanical structure. The new Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date, Moon-Phases watch fully reveals the...

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News // News models // Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Breitling Chronospace Military

A perfect example of Breitling instruments for professionals, the Chronospace Military electronic multifunction pilot’s chronograph combines a black steel case achieved by a carbon-based treatment with an extremely rugged military-type fabric strap – making it the ideal companion on every mission and in the most extreme conditions. The bidirectional rotating bezel with compass scale features a...

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News // News models // Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Gold highlights Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver

Powered by the self-winding caliber UN-26 and with a power reserve of 42 hours, the Marine Diver displays, in addition to its time functions, the date in an aperture at 6 o’clock and the power reserve in a counter at 12 o’clock. Available in 18 ct gold mounted on a rubber strap, the Marine Diver timepiece is both a highly reliable diving instrument and a fine sports watch that can be worn on...

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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

 
News // Events // Friday, 14 November 2014

6th Forum de la Haute Horlogerie: What's Next, an eye on the future

The 6th Forum de la Haute Horlogerie ended on November 13th, following a day of intense and fruitful exchange on the forward-looking theme of "What's Next". A think tank for the watch sector, the Forum considered the implications for the luxury industry of society's propensity to move always faster, with insightful and varied contributions from eminent speakers. Organised by the...

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