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Watch List

New Models
Chris Hemsworth takes centre-stage for TAG Heuer

He's partial to cheese and a well-made watch. A twinkle in his eye, a grin on his face and TAG Heuer on his wrist, the Australian actor is the brand's super stylish new ambassador.

Monday, 08 February 2016
The HH Journal editors
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New Models
Colourful skull!

If its life hung by a thread, it would be the ones that adorn the multi-hued straps and dials of the Big Bang Broderie. As always, Hublot indulges in some clever skullduggery.

Monday, 08 February 2016
The HH Journal editors
1 min read
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New Models
The watchmaker's grail with a capital V

Louis Vuitton has earned the prestigious Poinçon de Genève for its new flying tourbillon, and in doing so joins watchmaking's premier league.

Friday, 05 February 2016
Alex Ballmer
1 min read
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New Models
Spring comes early at DeWitt

A new collection of women's watches has bloomed at the Geneva manufacture. Butterflies and flowers are the stars of this horological garden.

Friday, 05 February 2016
The HH Journal editors
1 min read
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Beginner's Guide
On the road to becoming a watch collector

Putting together a watch collection is no longer reserved for an elite. Today's would-be collectors have multiple solutions at their disposal, from watch fairs to online stores for second-hand. The leading player is currently chrono24.com, which offers a global marketplace.

Thursday, 04 February 2016
Fabrice Eschmann
4 min read

What's going on

SIHH
Adieu extravagance!

With vintage more popular than ever, a plethora of steel, smaller cases, and a trend towards useful complications, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie turned its back on the exuberance of the early 2000s. The one pocket of resistance could be found in the Carré des Horlogers.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016
Dominique Fléchon
4 min read
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SIHH
Against the grain

Richard Mille and Audemars Piguet began the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie by announcing fantastic results for 2015. Both brands showed products for 2016 that concede nothing to the gloomy economic climate, and which have fans clamouring for more.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Christophe Roulet
5 min read
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SIHH
Geared up for travel

Several of the Maisons exhibiting at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie presented a collection on a travel theme. Montblanc plies the waves with its 4810 line. Vacheron Constantin gives wings to the Overseas. Cartier hits the road with its brand-new Drive watches. As for IWC, it launches into the year at Mach 2.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Christophe Roulet
3 min read
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Market Insight

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Economy
Swatch Group: net income 21% lower

Despite a 3% drop in sales and a 17% decline in operating profit, the Biel-based group is confident it can increase sales by more than 5% in local currency this year.

Thursday, 04 February 2016
The HH Journal editors
2 min read
In The Market
When China sneezes, Swiss watchmakers catch a cold

2015 marked an end to five years of growth for the Swiss watch industry as exports are expected to fall by around 4%, leading to layoffs and a build-up of inventory at retailers.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Christophe Roulet
4 min read
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In The Market
MB&F joins the FHH

Maximilian Büsser's brand becomes the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie's 27th partner-brand.

Thursday, 07 January 2016
 
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Point of View

Interview
John Travolta's luxury: planes and beautiful watches

John Travolta has never missed a beat. From the king of the dancefloor in "Saturday Night Fever" to king of gangsters in "Pulp Fiction", everything this flying enthusiast touches turns to gold. An encounter with a pilot-actor who's never been afraid to aim high.

Friday, 05 February 2016
Frank Rousseau
4 min read
Va'pensiero
The forecast for 2016: hope, serenity and courage

Last February 18th, in one of my "Points of View" for HH Journal, I ventured a prudent but certainly reasonable forecast of CHF 21 billion for Swiss watch exports in 2015, based on figures published by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH). A result ultimately in line with the worldwide inflation rate. If my memory serves me well, other specialists, brands and analysts appeared more optimistic. None, however, predicted the sudden change in watchmaking's clement skies, brought on by the socio-economic droughts, hurricanes, floods, tornados and tsunamis that happened over the course of the recently ended year.

Friday, 15 January 2016
Franco Cologni
2 min read
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Interview
Time has no hold on Hugh Jackman

Ambassador for Montblanc and Qantas, the Australian star is clearly at home surfing time zones. Interview with an actor who keeps life and career firmly on track.

Friday, 08 January 2016
Frank Rousseau
6 min read
John Travolta

His luxury: planes and beautiful watches

Tuesday, 09 February 2016
Written By Frank Rousseau
4 min read
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The Life

My Watch Story
The name’s Bond and the Watch is Omega

Whether he’s dressed to impress in a tailored-suit, or dressed to kill in a polo neck top, there’s one thing this British spy is never without (okay, that is unless he’s walking out of the ocean in his suggestive swim trunks)…His watch. His name’s Bond, James Bond. And he wears a Seamaster, an Omega Seamaster.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016
RE-UP
2 min read
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Watches & ...
Space: When reality is stranger than (science) fiction

Some time ago in a galaxy not so far, far away, a new generation of watchmakers was born. Raised on mangas and space heroes, they would give rise to watches inspired by intergalactic vessels and the dark side of the force. Space calling Earth, what time is it?

Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Mathilde Binetruy
3 min read
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On Culture

Masterpieces
The Reverso celebrates 85 years of ongoing success

Prior to the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveil three new editions that pay tribute to its iconic Art Deco Reverso design.

Thursday, 07 January 2016
Carol Besler
3 min read
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In history
Post tenebras lux

From candles to Super-LumiNova, watchmakers have had recourse to a variety of methods so that we can read the time in the dark. The lowdown on lume.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016
Louis Nardin
3 min read
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In history
Time and again - Czapek & Cie

Two new brands chose SalonQP in London to make their first public appearance. Both revive an important figure in horological history, namely Ferdinand Berthoud, watchmaker to King Louis XV of France, and Francizek Czapek, a Polish watchmaker and founder, in 1839 in Geneva, of Patek, Czapek & Cie. Introducing Czapek & Cie.

Monday, 14 December 2015
Christophe Roulet
3 min read
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