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During the night of June 30th, a "leap second" was added to time. The twenty-sixth since 1972, its purpose is to make up for the slowing of Earth's rotation, which is partly due to warming oceans. While this "jump" in time may be small compared with Marty McFly's fast forward in Back to the Future, it shouldn't be underestimated. During the night of June 30th to July 1st, a...

Christophe Roulet

Know How // Collection // Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Jaeger-LeCoultre - When the stars come out

Jaeger-LeCoultre's new models for 2015 celebrate astronomy, the science that gave rise to horology. They include several high-precision timepieces, including many with very special moon-phase displays. Jaeger-LeCoultre has looked to the stars for this year's collection, and furnished the majority of its new models with complications or specific features relating to the heavenly bodies and...

Louis Nardin

 
Point of view // Interview // Monday, 29 June 2015

The subtle charm of Jaeger-LeCoultre

Chief Executive Daniel Riedo announces growth above 5%, a new collection this autumn, and a forthcoming increase in production capacity. Jaeger-LeCoultre, which has been designing and producing watch movements since 1833, employs 1,350 people on-site. Already the biggest watchmaker in the discreet Vallée de Joux by far, it is preparing to increase its workforce again. Appointed Chief Executive...

Louis Nardin

 
Know How // Friday, 26 June 2015

FHH takes the lead in training

Aurélie Streit discusses the FHH's ambitious action in the key area of training "intermediaries". When, driven by Franco Cologni, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) was created by the Richemont group, Audemars Piguet and Girard-Perregaux, its objectives were threefold: inform on and convey the passion, culture and expertise of Fine Watchmaking; be a think tank for the...

Pierre Maillard*

 
Point of view // Wednesday, 24 June 2015

"TAG Heuer has always been profitable"

In an interview with Swiss business daily L'Agefi, Jean-Claude Biver explains the strategy in place at TAG Heuer for over a year now, since his arrival at the head of LVMH's watch division, which takes in TAG Heuer alongside Hublot and Zenith. TAG Heuer has had just over a year to adjust to the tsunami that is Jean-Claude Biver. Since his appointment as President of the LVMH watch division,...

Christophe Roulet

 
Know How // Monday, 22 June 2015

Fabulous finds at EPHJ

Behind the big names and the great watches are a host of small businesses proposing new tools, new materials and new manufacturing processes. Most of the time they work in the shadows, coming out only at trade fairs such as the recent Professional Watchmaking and Jewellery Environment (EPHJ-EPMT-SMT) in Geneva, a showcase for the inventions and innovations that will transform tomorrow's...

Thierry Brandt

 
Know How // Wednesday, 17 June 2015

A digital boost to watch design

Computer-aided design is now an integral part of the creative process. Time savings, quicker decision-making and improved coordination with production, these advantages are nonetheless no substitute for imagination. They are to the designer what the loupe is to the watchmaker. The digital revolution that transformed the way movement constructors work, and fired engineers' imagination in the...

Louis Nardin

 
Point of view // Monday, 15 June 2015

Ralph Lauren looks to jewelry for expansion

In February 2015, Luc Perramond was appointed CEO of Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry Co. Previously, he was CEO of La Montre Hermès for five years, and before that with TAG Heuer for 11 years, where he was president and later vice-president of LVMH Watch & Jewelry. As a luxury watch brand attached to a luxury fashion empire, Ralph Lauren is similar to Hermès. Are there other similarities...

Carol Besler

 
Markets // Friday, 12 June 2015

Watchmaking's suppliers plan for the future

The 14th trade fair for the watch, jewellery, microtechnology and medtech industries (EPHJ-EPMT-SMT) took place in Geneva earlier this month. None of the 867 exhibitors, the same number as last year, were put off attending by the strong Swiss franc. Some of the participants share their view. To say that the unpegging of the Swiss franc dealt a blow to the country's industry would be an...

Thierry Brandt

 

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