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.
The often very serious art of watchmaking has taken a whimsical detour this year. Several elite watchmakers, possibly in an effort to entertain us, have unleashed a bevy of eccentric timepieces that seem destined to become collectors’ items.
An exhibition at the Geneva Musées d’art et d’histoire retraces the evolution of Swiss watchmaking from the mid-19th century up until today through the presentation of school-watches. Embodiments of professional training, they are the reflection of watchmaking values of yesterday and today.
Four years after the last mass destruction of counterfeit watches in Switzerland, no fewer than 29,000 fakes went into the crusher in July to mark the coming into force of new regulations on the importing of counterfeit goods.
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.