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.
In its war against counterfeits, the jeweller has accused the auction site of benefiting from illegal transactions. The stakes are high, especially as eBay is facing other lawsuits outside the United States.
Marc Frisanco, an expert in the fight against counterfeiting for the Richemont Group, reviews the situation and looks at how this plague on the watch industry has become more global, more active, and how its intermediaries have grown more powerful.
The potential closing of Geneva's watch making Museum poses the question of replacing this type of institution by private areas, of which there are more and more.