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.
Looking for Noon at Five O'Clock, a temporary exhibition at the Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, tells the story of decimal time. Ushered in with the French Revolution, this idiosyncratic system never succeeded in dislodging the sexagesimal system, inherited from the Babylonians, which had been setting the pace of daily life "since the dawn of time."
ETA, Switzerland's largest manufacturer of watch movements, grew slowly out of a succession of takeovers and mergers, although its roots go back to the eighteenth century and the founding of Fabrique d'Horlogerie de Fontainemelon in 1793: Swiss watchmaking's industrial past rolled into one company.
While numerous contemporary watchmakers are leaving their mark, and their name, on horological production, others from the past are proving to have no less of an appeal, even after decades of oblivion when communication plans step in to remind us of the position these firms once occupied, and the heritage they represent.
Michel Arnoux, head of the anti-counterfeiting division at the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, talked about the Federation's experience in the field to an audience at the Salon Environnement Professionnel Horlogerie Joaillerie in June.
The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) and the University of Art and Design in Lausanne (ECAL) have joined forces in a project to produce short films on the theme of counterfeiting. This partnership is part of a wider awareness campaign in which the general public and Swiss film-makers also play a part.