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.
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.
Were it not for Swiss Horological Art, the exhibition staged from September 9th in the Swiss Cities Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo, the relationship between the fair and watchmaking would no doubt have escaped us.
If a powerful watch needs a muscular arm, then Sylvester Stallone and Panerai are the perfect match. In his latest movie, The Expendables, the Hollywood star wears a Luminor 1950 Regatta, as does Jason Statham, also a Panerai fan. A fact the brand hasn't even bothered to comment on…
A fake website for fake watches is the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry's latest initiative to raise public awareness of the damage caused by counterfeiting. Web users looking to buy a fake watch are redirected to a page that warns them of the dangers they face.
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.