Magazine - Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

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Chief Executive Daniel Riedo announces growth above 5%, a new collection this autumn, and a forthcoming increase in production capacity. Jaeger-LeCoultre, which has been designing and producing watch movements since 1833, employs 1,350 people on-site. Already the biggest watchmaker in the discreet Vallée de Joux by far, it is preparing to increase its workforce again. Appointed Chief Executive...

Louis Nardin

Know How // Training // Friday, 26 June 2015

FHH takes the lead in training

Aurélie Streit discusses the FHH's ambitious action in the key area of training "intermediaries". When, driven by Franco Cologni, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) was created by the Richemont group, Audemars Piguet and Girard-Perregaux, its objectives were threefold: inform on and convey the passion, culture and expertise of Fine Watchmaking; be a think tank for the...

Pierre Maillard*

Point of view // Verbatim // Wednesday, 24 June 2015

"TAG Heuer has always been profitable"

In an interview with Swiss business daily L'Agefi, Jean-Claude Biver explains the strategy in place at TAG Heuer for over a year now, since his arrival at the head of LVMH's watch division, which takes in TAG Heuer alongside Hublot and Zenith. TAG Heuer has had just over a year to adjust to the tsunami that is Jean-Claude Biver. Since his appointment as President of the LVMH watch division,...

Christophe Roulet

Know How // Monday, 22 June 2015

Fabulous finds at EPHJ

Behind the big names and the great watches are a host of small businesses proposing new tools, new materials and new manufacturing processes. Most of the time they work in the shadows, coming out only at trade fairs such as the recent Professional Watchmaking and Jewellery Environment (EPHJ-EPMT-SMT) in Geneva, a showcase for the inventions and innovations that will transform tomorrow's...

Thierry Brandt

Know How // Wednesday, 17 June 2015

A digital boost to watch design

Computer-aided design is now an integral part of the creative process. Time savings, quicker decision-making and improved coordination with production, these advantages are nonetheless no substitute for imagination. They are to the designer what the loupe is to the watchmaker. The digital revolution that transformed the way movement constructors work, and fired engineers' imagination in the...

Louis Nardin

Point of view // Monday, 15 June 2015

Ralph Lauren looks to jewelry for expansion

In February 2015, Luc Perramond was appointed CEO of Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry Co. Previously, he was CEO of La Montre Hermès for five years, and before that with TAG Heuer for 11 years, where he was president and later vice-president of LVMH Watch & Jewelry. As a luxury watch brand attached to a luxury fashion empire, Ralph Lauren is similar to Hermès. Are there other similarities...

Carol Besler

Markets // Friday, 12 June 2015

Watchmaking's suppliers plan for the future

The 14th trade fair for the watch, jewellery, microtechnology and medtech industries (EPHJ-EPMT-SMT) took place in Geneva earlier this month. None of the 867 exhibitors, the same number as last year, were put off attending by the strong Swiss franc. Some of the participants share their view. To say that the unpegging of the Swiss franc dealt a blow to the country's industry would be an...

Thierry Brandt

History // Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Time, told otherwise

Now showing at the Musée de Design et d'Arts Appliqués Contemporains in Lausanne, "Telling Time" presents both historical timepieces and contemporary interpretations of the measure of time. Beyond such "temporal gateways", the exhibition considers our very perception of time. From the earliest civilisations, time was first a subject for reflection before becoming a...

Christophe Roulet

Markets // Monday, 8 June 2015

Smartwatches: and the winner is…

The market for connected watches in 2015 should be worth around $8.9 billion with 30 million smartwatches sold. Ninety brands are currently battling it out in a segment so far dominated by Samsung, pending Apple's results. Swiss fine watchmakers are unperturbed. Sales of the Apple Watch are probably the best-kept secret in the connected watch market. Two months after the start of pre-orders,...

Christophe Roulet