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Les Cabinotiers Ultra thin minute repeater, A romantic note © Vacheron Constantin
History & Masterpieces
Vacheron Constantin speaks collectors' language with Les Cabinotiers

Opened in 2006, Vacheron Constantin's Les Cabinotiers department is something of a world apart. It renews with the tradition of bespoke watches and one-of-a-kind pieces, offered as a service to collectors.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020
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Talents Rares, Arcades des Arts © Nicolas Righetti
Culture
Rare crafts in the spotlight at Singular Talents in Geneva

The first exhibition to be jointly curated by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation, both of which recently relocated to a historic building in downtown Geneva, highlights rare crafts and the "singular talents" who perpetuate these skills.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020
3 min read
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Lot 255: set of four enamelled Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso ''Mucha’s Four Seasons'', limited edition from 1996; est. CHF 60,000-80,000 © Antiquorum
Culture
Geneva auctions are set to thrill: Antiquorum

Auction fever will descend on Geneva from mid-May as Antiquorum, Sotheby's and Christie's prepare to dazzle bidders with some 1,280 lots in all. Antiquorum is first to take the stage.

Monday, 02 May 2011
Danièle Chambas
2 min read
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Lot 187: pocket watch by the Genevan Henry Capt, dubbed ''Musique d'Amour''. Dated 1810 and estimated at CHF 70,000-90,000, it sold to a Chinese collector for CHF 200,500 © Antiquorum
Culture
Erotic watches hit the spot at Antiquorum

Thirty-two libertine timepieces changed hands on Sunday March 27th, realising CHF 722,300 (US$ 781,320 / € 551,645). Asian collectors bid fiercely both online and by telephone. This was the first time since 1997 that Antiquorum had offered such an important collection.

Tuesday, 05 April 2011
Danièle Chambas
3 min read
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Sotirios Bulgaris © Bulgaris
History & Masterpieces
Bulgari: Italy's jeweller to the stars

Travel back in time to 1884 and Rome, where Sotirios Bulgaris, a Greek silversmith who had emigrated to Italy, ran a small silversmithing shop. In 1905, he moved his business to the city's prestigious Via Condotti (now the company's flagship store).

Monday, 21 March 2011
2 min read
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Rolex GMT-Master, Ref. 6542, manufactured in 1959 © Christie's
Culture
400 lots under the hammer at Christie's Geneva

The auction house will doubtless live up to its reputation for record watch sales this May 16th.  The lots on the block include enamel pocket watches and a few "stars" from Rolex, Longines and, of course, Patek Philippe.

Friday, 11 March 2011
Danièle Chambas
2 min read
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Christie’s Geneva 2010 - Patek Philippe Ref. 1527, 1943. Estimate CHF 1.5-2.5 m, sold CHF 6.2 m (€ 4,8 mios/USD 6,6 mios) © Christie’s
Culture
Christie's pulverises records for Fine Watches in 2010

With eight sales of timepieces totalling USD 91.2 million in Geneva, Hong Kong, New York and Dubai, 2010 was a record year for Christie's.

Friday, 11 March 2011
Danièle Chambas
3 min read
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Seiko Quartz Astron wristwatch from 1969 © Seiko
History & Masterpieces
Putting paid to the quartz crisis legend

In an article published in Swiss daily Le Temps, Pierre-Yves Donzé, a research fellow at Osaka University, demonstrates that the 1975-1985 crisis in the watch industry had nothing to do with the advent of Japanese quartz watches. Rather, since the end of the war, Switzerland had been "resting on its laurels."

Monday, 07 March 2011
3 min read
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The Nomos building in the old railway station
Beginner's Guide

Glashütte, the German miracle

Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Written By Christophe Roulet
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