Behind the Jean Daniel Nicolas name is the incomparable talent of Daniel Roth, who continues to use traditional techniques to hand-make... three watches a year. A look back at an extraordinary career.
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Counterfeiting hits hardest in three markets: brands, pre-owned and collectors. Spurred on by the current infatuation with watches, itself fuelled by the media and by brands' all-out marketing campaigns, more and more people, from enlightened amateurs to recent converts, are turning to collecting. Meanwhile, the century's biggest communications channel, the Internet, has taken this interest in vintage watches to just about the four corners of the globe.
Imagine Cuba, pearl of the Caribbean, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The first democratic constitution had come into force. The country had recently gained international recognition as a member of the United Nations. President Batista came and went and came again, helped by the United States which had an iron grip on the island's mining, agriculture and public services. Americans fleeing Prohibition had already flocked to the island at the turn of the century. Fifty years later they would once again be seduced by Havana, now a hub of corruption, gambling and trafficking of every possible kind.
The position of the stars, the signs of the zodiac, precious stones, predictions ... Over the course of the centuries, many doctors have also been astronomers, engineers and watchmakers. So what is the connection between these branches of knowledge?
At Bagus Watch in Bali, everything is fake. Nor does the store try to hide the fact, brazenly announcing "the ultimate range of replica watches in Asia." A temple of fakedom that doesn't deter the tourists.
The Italian astronomer Giovanni da Dondi devised and built the first planetary clock, which he completed in 1364. Considered a pure product of Italian genius, it nonetheless finished on the scrap heap… though not without firing the imagination of the medievalists who set about its reconstruction.
The new market of aftermarket parts, used in the famous "authentic-fake watches", has the wind in its sails and is likely to fool even the most knowledgeable collectors. Unfortunately, the pleasure of unearthing a rare timepiece has become rarer than the watch itself…