A classic among watches, instantly recognisable by the logo on its bezel, the Bulgari Bulgari marked the Italian firm's arrival as a watchmaker. Four decades later, it remains an icon of style.
Of all the inventions that have helped improve the precision of mechanical watches, none is more important, or less well-documented, than the development of the regulating organ. To help bridge that gap, we retrace the history of escapements from the earliest devices to the very latest silicon regulators. Part two: from the invention of the balance spring in 1675 to the detached lever escapement in the 1770s.
An artwork that constantly gives the time while transporting viewers in place through an extraordinary collage of film clips: "The Clock" won its creator, Christian Marclay, the Golden Lion for best artist at the 54th Venice Biennale.
Both came from the legendary collection of the American auto manufacturer James Ward Packard, and were recently rediscovered after spending sixty years in a bank vault. They were part of Christie's sale of Important Watches on June 15th in New York.
Attendees at the Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in Lausanne, June 5th to 7th, debated the theme, On the Counterfeiting Battlefield. They concluded that only a battle on all fronts, including educating consumers, would bring tangible results.
The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie joins World Anti-Counterfeiting Day on June 8th and continues its fight against fakes. Since 2009, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) has campaigned to show the true face of counterfeiting, and raise public awareness that trade in counterfeit products thrives only when aided and abetted by people who knowingly buy fakes.
On May 18th, Christie's realised CHF 69 million (US$ 78.1 million) at its Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale, chasing the CHF 79 million (US$ 89.5 million) which Sotheby's had garnered the previous day for its sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels.
As part of its anti-counterfeiting campaign, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie invited the public and students at Lausanne university of art and design to enter a short film competition on the theme "Take a true look at fakes." Winners were presented with their prizes at a ceremony on May 25th.