Magazine - Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

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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 // The expert's view // 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 // Interview // 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

Know How // Monday, 13 July 2015

Christophe Claret wows ladies again

First Margot, an animated watch introduced last year, and now Marguerite, the second timepiece which the Le Locle watchmaker has imagined exclusively for women. This latest creation has no strictly horological complication but does feature an intriguing dial display that magically alternates hour numerals with a romantic message. Price-wise, Marguerite is significantly more affordable than its...

Thierry Brandt

Markets // Friday, 10 July 2015

Taking stock

The current slowdown in watch sales is behind a dangerous build-up of inventory at retailers. "Dr" Goldberger is offering a tripartite solution by selling this unwanted stock at pre-owned prices in the United States. A credit note from the brands makes up the shortfall. Retailers abhor inventory; that accumulation of unsold goods that tie up capital, depreciate in value, and...

Christophe Roulet

Know How // Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Pure Bulgari

Bulgari’s heritage as a jeweller boosts its integrity as a watchmaker. Bulgari has enhanced its watchmaking capability in recent years, launching an in-house automatic caliber, BVL 191, in 2013, followed last year by the world’s thinnest tourbillon movement and then a new chronograph caliber, the high-frequency (36,000 vph) Velocissimo. It is obvious Bulgari is heavily investing in its fine...

Carol Besler