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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 // Dirty Gold War // 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 // Dirty Gold War // 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

History // Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Many Faces of Time

On the theme of the telling of time, a unique exhibition showcases the inventiveness of the watchmakers, designers and artists who continue to find new ways to display the passing of time. Now showing at mudac, the Lausanne design museum, Telling Time strikes a happy balance between elaborate craftsmanship of the past and the excitement of contemporary culture. Historical and iconic timepieces...

Michèle Laird

Know How // Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Hautlence Vortex, maximum impact

Deconstructivism is the key to Vortex, the latest "Concept d'Exception" from Hautlence. It reprises the movement from the brand's HL2, which it rotates 90° and sets inside an astonishing new exterior. The result is architectural and luminous, complex and ethereal. Pure Hautlence. While every sale may well be "a hard-fought victory," as Guillaume Têtu willingly admits, the...

Christophe Roulet