FHH Academy at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie is the only organisation in the watch industry to deliver training that leads to industry-recognised certification. Initially targeting sales staff, it now also addresses the general public through digital tools.
Founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius, the Staatlisches Bauhaus applied arts school in Weimar remains vastly influential, despite its shortlived existence. Its modernist precepts outlasted the century, and the Bauhaus ethos continues to inform watch design.
It all began when an artist shared a dream with a businessman. César, the famous French sculptor, told Alain Dominique Perrin, the then-President of Cartier International, that artists needed a place to give free reign to their creativity, including for monumental projects. On that day, philanthropy took on a new meaning. Alain Dominique Perrin, renowned collector and artist-lover, decided to set up a foundation entirely devoted to contemporary art, the name of which would be its only link to the luxury industry. He is still President of the Foundation to this day.
In the vanguard of an anti-counterfeiting operation, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH) plunges into the narrow streets of old Dubai, accompanied by the city’s police.
To combat online counterfeiters the FH has developed an ultra high-performance monitoring system designed for the watch industry but for other sectors as well.
Clockmaking is an art which Cartier has developed since the end of the nineteenth century. While the magnetic clocks of the 1920s were characteristically sober in style, the Eden clock, one of the brand's latest creations, returns to a precious and refined aesthetic.
On December 4th, Sotheby's will offer the Breguet "sympathique" clock, made for the Duc d’Orléans. It is estimated at USD 5 to 7 million.
The sale of the extraordinary horological collection belonging to the late Dr George Daniels CBE was conducted at Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday 6 November 2012. The proceeds of the sale will add to the already-substantial bequest he made to the George Daniels Educational Trust by the sale of his motor-car collection earlier this year.