Last year Richemont announced its acquisition of Watchfinder.com, sealing its entry into the pre-owned market. More recently, the multi-brand Bucherer store in Geneva opened a fourth-floor Gallery dedicated to the buying and selling of vintage watches. And Antoine de Macedo in Paris? He has been buying, selling and servicing high-end pre-owned watches for 33 years.
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.
As is traditional, Antiquorum will raise the curtain on the Geneva sales on Sunday May 13th, when 469 lots come under the hammer (compared with 603 last November). The highlight of the day will be fifty Royal Oaks in honour of the 40th anniversary of Audemars Piguet's legendary timepiece . The sale carries a total estimate of CHF 5 to 7 million.
This coming May 13th, 14th and 15th, some 1,260 timepieces will change hands for tens of millions of Swiss francs, at Christie's, Sotheby's and Antiquorum.
On 26 March 2012, the expedition Deepsea Challenge descended 10,898 metres to reach the Challenger Deep, the ocean’s deepest point located in the Mariana Trench. Attached to the manipulator arm of the submersible, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Challenge.
Counterfeiters are strengthening their presence in Dubai. The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry too!
For intrepid travellers the following principle is sacrosanct. «No matter the destination, only the road is important». With a little adaptation, this axiom might also apply to watch counterfeiting.
Unsurprisingly, Cartier has again raised the bar for its 2012 launches. Outstanding among these new models are a Grande Complication Skeleton Pocket Watch and a Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon, Cartier's first incursion into striking watches since upping its game. The pocket watch in particular sent a ripple of approval through the audience at the presentation.
With more than a thousand masterworks of horology, enamel and jewellery spanning the 16th to the 21st centuries, including some being shown in public for the first time, and appearances by today's foremost manufacturers with their own heritage collections, Watchmaking in Geneva. The Magic of Craftsmanship, Treasures of Gold and Enamel* has all the makings of a unique event.