Jaeger-LeCoultre announces a new book “Reverso”
Jaeger-LeCoultre announces the publication of a new book, Reverso, launched in collaboration with luxury publisher Assouline. This richly illustrated volume traces the story of one of the world’s most recognizable wristwatches through archive images and original photography. Born in 1931, at the height of the Art Deco period, the Reverso was created in response to the challenge of designing a wristwatch that could withstand the rigours of polo matches. With its sleek form and unique reversible case, the Reverso has remained an eternal expression of modernity for 90 years, continually reinventing itself while never compromising its identity. As well as tracing the history of the watch and its evolution over the past nine decades – with more than 50 calibres and several hundred dials – the book explores the social milieu and cultural changes that provided the backdrop to the creation of the Reverso and, later, its continued reinvention.
Moonwatch now Master Chronometer certified
In 2021, the Speedmaster Moonwatch collection will be updated with its next generation of models. For this launch, the Swiss watchmaker has taken inspiration from the 4th generation Moonwatch style, commonly referenced as the ST 105.012, and worn by Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon in 1969. These space-era tributes include the classic asymmetrical case, the step dial, and the famous dot over 90 (DON). Perhaps the most significant update comes with the arrival of the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861. The new movement ensures that the Moonwatch will now be unaffected by even the most extreme magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. In addition, it ensures that the entire watch is certified as a Master Chronometer – a standard of high precision, performance and magnetic-resistance.
LVMH completes the acquisition of Tiffany & Co.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, the world’s leading luxury products group, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Tiffany & Co., the global luxury jeweler. The acquisition of this iconic US jeweler will deeply transform LVMH’s Watches & Jewelry division and complement LVMH’s 75 Maisons. Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, commented: “Tiffany is an iconic brand and a quintessential emblem of the global jewelry sector. We are committed to supporting Tiffany, a brand that is synonymous with love and whose Blue Box is revered around the world, with the same dedication and passion that we have applied to each of our prestigious Maisons over the years.”
Greubel Forsey appoints Antonio Calce as new CEO
Robert Greubel, Chairman of the Board of Greubel Forsey announces the appointment of Antonio Calce as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. Antonio Calce is a recognised personality in the watchmaking world. His education and professional background give him almost thirty years of experience in the sector. Italian by birth, Antonio Calce began his career within the Richemont group (Piaget and Panerai). In 2005, he joined Montres Corum, where he was successively appointed Vice-President of Operations and then Chief Executive Officer. In 2018, Antonio Calce, CEO of Girard-Perregaux (Sowind – Kering Group) for the past four years, was required to resign.
Hublot-Ferrari, it’s over
After nine years of a one-of-a-kind partnership going far beyond traditional cobranding and sponsorship, Hublot would like to thank all those involved in making its collaboration with Ferrari a great success. This one-of-a-kind partnership between Hublot and Ferrari proved to be an endless source of commercial, technical and sporting successes, says Hublot. A performance that was achieved thanks to the involvement and unswerving dedication of the employees and friends of the two prestigious houses. According to Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, “the direction of our marketing strategy will now reflect our willingness to multiply and undertake large new projects, exclusive to Hublot”.
Yoox Net-a-Porter names new CEO
Geoffroy Lefebvre, who currently serves as group digital distribution director at Richemont, will become CEO of upscale luxury site Yoox Net-a-Porter, starting Jan. 4, 2021. Geoffroy Lefebvre previously served as CEO of Baume & Mercier, from 2018 to 2019, deputy CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, from 2017 to 2018, and managing director of operations at Vacheron Constantin, from 2014 to 2017. All those brands are owned by Richemont. Prior to his time with Richemont, he was an associate partner at McKinsey & Company. Lefebvre replaces Federico Marchetti, the founder of Yoox. Marchetti will continue to serve as chairman. When Yoox and Net-a-Porter merged in 2015, Marchetti was named CEO of the combined site.
La manufacture IWC Schaffhausen récompensée
IWC Schaffhausen a remporté le GEO Award lors de sa toute première participation au concours industriel Usine de l’Année. Ce prix, l’une des distinctions les plus convoitées par les entreprises européennes, atteste de l’excellence opérationnelle de la manufacture horlogère suisse tout au long de sa chaîne de création de valeur. Le jury a également récompensé les performances convaincantes d’IWC en matière de qualité et de durabilité. « Cela fait maintenant plus de 10 ans que nous travaillons sur l’excellence opérationnelle à travers divers programmes stratégiques et nous avons introduit de nettes améliorations tout au long de la chaîne de création de valeur. Ce travail a été extrêmement fructueux dans le domaine de la qualité, du service et du développement durable. L’attribution du GEO Award, dès notre première participation, est une véritable consécration de notre travail », explique Andreas Voll, COO d’IWC Schaffhausen.
Diving record made official for Omega
When explorer Victor Vescovo took Omega to the bottom of the Challenger Deep in 2019, his dive was recognised as the deepest ever. Today his achievement has been officially recognised by Guinness World Records, certifying that his journey to a depth of 10,925 metres is the “deepest single-manned dive” ever made. Victor Vescovo recorded this new world record as part of the Five Deeps expedition, which took him to the deepest of the five oceans. On his descent to the Challenger Deep, he took with him three examples of the innovative Seamaster “Ultra Deep”, one of which was attached to the automatic arm of the Limiting Factor submersible and another to a data collection unit called the “Lander”.
Breguet, patron of the French Navy Museum in Paris
In celebration of the links that it has so long fostered with the maritime world, the House of Breguet is proud to announce its new status as patron of the French National Navy Museum in Paris. One particular endeavor it is lending its support to is the creation of a room devoted to scientific resources for navigation at sea throughout the ages. The objects on exhibition will include the naval chronometer N°5072 that was produced from 1817 to 1818 in the workshops of Abraham-Louis Breguet, founder of the House of Breguet. His dedication and his many inventions earned him major recognition and distinction. King Louis XVIII of France initially appointed him member of the French scientific institution Bureau des Longitudes before awarding him the official title of Watchmaker to the French Royal Navy in 1815.