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.
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.
Pilots never take off without a watch in the cockpit. In the air as at sea, time is an essential factor when plotting a position and, alongside cockpit instruments, brands have developed wristwatches with useful functions when in flight. The flyback chronograph and slide rule are two inventions in which the measurement of time and aeronautics combine.
If the precision of a mechanical chronometer cannot rival that of its quartz counterpart, this has not stopped watchmakers from continuously making improvements in precision.
With its 1,100 members, the Société Suisse de Chronométrie is the branch's largest professional association alongside the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. Its purpose is to promote technical and scientific knowledge in the sector. Christophe Roulet met its President, Zian Kighelman.