When all balance springs were metal, Swatch Group's Nivarox enjoyed a virtual monopoly. The most widespread alternative, patented silicon technology, is also the property of a handful of manufacturers. However crucial it may be, mechanically and strategically, the balance spring is about materials science, not horological genius.
With the vintage trend showing no signs of abating, now is the time to pay tribute to the iconic watches worn by late, great celebrities. Brands happily revisit legends from the past while at auction, watches with celebrity provenance are achieving record amounts.
In October 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, an exhibition space designed by Frank Gehry, opened in Paris. French daily Le Monde took this opportunity to question Christophe Rioux, a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, on the increasingly close-knit ties between luxury and contemporary art.
A look at how this iconic watch, the epitome of the Rolex brand, has evolved over its fifty-year existence.
Automakers legitimately steal the limelight from watchmakers at the Geneva Motor Show, but this doesn't prevent the custodians of time from using the event to move communications into top gear. A few examples from the 83rd Show.
Spotlight on a foundation that keeps a finger on the pulse of creativity.