Water is one of the biggest environmental challenges, from access to drinking water, at risk of becoming a luxury, to the threats that pollution and overfishing represent for the oceans and marine life. Many of the projects that Rolex supports propose innovative solutions.
Throughout the twentieth century, Rolex watches were worn by courageous individuals as they set out to explore unknown corners of the globe. Today's expeditions are more likely to pursue scientific and environmental objectives. Rolex is as present as ever through its Perpetual Planet campaign.
"Geneva's most thriving fabrique is watchmaking. It employs more than 5,000 people, which is over one fifth of the citizens." So reads the lengthy article on Geneva, published in 1757 in the Encyclopaedia of Diderot and d'Alembert. Despite being written with a lower-case f, fabrique (manufactory) no less refers to the multitude of watchmakers, goldsmiths, jewellers and other craftsmen whose cabinets (small workshops) had spread along the right bank of the Rhône in the eighteenth century, and who combined their skills to produce watches and jewellery.
Marc Frisanco, a specialist in intellectual property at the Richemont group, sees striking parallels between global warming and the spread of counterfeit goods. Tackling either of these problems must inevitably appeal to basic moral principles. Part Two in the June issue of HH Magazine.
Hublot has joined forces with WISeKey to provide its customers with a means of authenticating their timepieces online, by giving each of their watches a unique "ID card." Counterfeiters be warned.
With a collection that includes some 4,500 watches, for the most part bequests from three private collectors, the British Museum offers a rare opportunity to contemplate the history of time measurement. These intricately engraved complicated watches are one example.
AlpVision, a Swiss firm based in Vevey, has developed a digital imaging system based on mathematical algorithms that will identify a watch throughout its lifetime, and for one simple reason: all industrially-manufactured products, even mass-made ones, have their own print.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Arras, in northern France, this year ends a trilogy of exhibitions on the watchmaker's art. "The inventors of time – Treasures of horology from 1500 to 1700" pays tribute to the Renaissance geniuses who set out in pursuit of technological and artistic excellence.