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.
What, a former curator wondered, would be a fitting way for a horological museum to commemorate its half-century? With a celebration of course, but what else? By inviting friends and visitors to rediscover the renowned Sandoz collection, several outstanding pieces of which are part of the MHL's (Musée d'Horlogerie du Locle) own collection.
Any mention of the Olympic spirit, and three words immediately spring to mind: "faster, higher, stronger." However, as "faster" suggests, speed supposes the measurement of time. The watches, clocks and other timekeepers that provide these measurements not only embody the athlete's competitive spirit; they epitomize the intelligence needed to make them.
When recounting the history of navigational instruments, what first comes to mind is the astrolabe, which measures latitude, and the marine chronometer, essential for calculating longitude. However, the enigmatic nocturnal is often forgotten, even though this instrument proved itself to be indispensable to the great navigators.
As the recent Intellectual Property Day at Geneva University's School of Law clearly spelled out, counterfeiting is a global scourge and the weapons with which to fight it still lack bite. The last in a three-part file.
The introduction of time zones goes back barely more than 120 years. The idea came about thanks to the expansion of the railroad and the need for trains to run to reliable timetables. The man behind this revolutionary idea was a Scottish-born Canadian by the name of Sir Sandford Fleming.
Officially inaugurated on May 22nd this year, the German Watch Museum Glashütte has opened to the public in the building of the former German School of Watchmaking. True to its slogan, "The fascination of time – Bringing time to life," the Museum will not only illustrate the art of watchmaking through its extensive collection, it will also pay tribute to the town of Glashütte, its citizens and their history.