Magazine - Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

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Holidays are for taking time to relax but also time to discover new things of interest and beauty… as did visitors to the magnificent summer apartments of the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, where they could admire Lapis-lazuli: the Magic of Blue at the Museo degli Argenti, one of the events marking the 150th anniversary of Florence, Capital of Italy (until October 11th). This magnificent stone and...

Franco Cologni

News // Events // Monday, 31 August 2015

New developments at SIHH

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) will lift the veil on a new interior decor at its 26th edition, to be held January 18th to 22nd, 2016. In addition to its fifteen Exhibitors, the Salon will also welcome nine independent watchmakers in its first ever Carré des Horlogers. After the excitement engendered by the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie's quarter-century in...

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Focus // Dirty Gold War // Friday, 28 August 2015

Towards "sustainable luxury"

The luxury industry, and more so watch and jewellery brands, account for 70% of gold consumption, yet only a handful of firms are fully committed to sourcing this precious metal from sustainable supplies. And while companies continue to swell the ranks of the Responsible Jewellery Council, which campaigns for responsible practices through certification, only a rare few have incorporated these...

Christophe Roulet

 
Focus // Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Switzerland is the global gold hub

Switzerland is renowned as the land of watches and chocolate. That it is also the global centre for gold refining is less well-known, despite the fact that most of the gold produced in the world transits via Switzerland. And for good reason: five of the nine biggest refineries - Argor Heraeus, Cendres+ Métaux, Metalor, Pamp and Valcambi - have their head office on Swiss soil. They refine gold to...

Christophe Roulet

 
Focus // Monday, 24 August 2015

The curse of gold?

After "Blood Diamond", a Swiss documentary, "Dirty Gold War", is throwing a harsh light on the luxury industry. This time the finger is being pointed at gold, a symbol of wealth accused of bringing poverty and desolation to populations in gold-producing countries. Dirty Gold War may not have had as much money thrown at it as Blood Diamond, the Hollywood super-production...

Christophe Roulet

 
Markets // Friday, 24 July 2015

The power of Parmigiani

How a small Fleurier watch company supplies the Swiss watchmaking elite with cases, components and movements – with production capacity to spare. Parmigiani Fleurier may be one of the smallest watch brands in Switzerland, but it is surely one of the most powerful. While it makes only 6,000 Parmigiani-branded watches a year, it is sa supplier for the most prestigious watch brands. Owned by the...

Carol Besler

 
Know How // Wednesday, 22 July 2015

So what exactly is a chronometer?

Andreas Wyss, managing director of the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), isn't necessarily opposed to the increasing number of certifications in the watch segment. His concern is more retailers' ability to pass on proper information to the end customer, which isn't always the case. All is well in the land of watch certification, if the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres...

Christophe Roulet

 
Point of view // Monday, 20 July 2015

What women want

Janek Deleskiewicz, Artistic and Design Director at Jaeger-LeCoultre, discusses the special dynamic that drives the creation of women's watches, and explains how to win over this demanding clientele who relate differently to their watch than do men. Jaeger-LeCoultre makes almost 45% of its revenue from women's watches. This enviable figure owes much to the delightful and rectangular Reverso....

Louis Nardin

 
History // Friday, 17 July 2015

Time Being Told

From watches to smartwatchs, time is being told. The exhibition Telling Time maps out the history of display since mankind began to divide and measure time more than 5000 years ago. Telling Time at mudac, the Lausanne design museum, reveals how watchmakers, artists and designers from the sixteenth century to the present day have found endlessly inventive ways to display time. It also includes...

Michèle Laird

 

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