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.
As a founder-member of the Responsible Jewellery Council, set up in 2005, Cartier is actively engaged in establishing responsible practices across the diamond and gold jewellery supply chains. Pamela Caillens, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Cartier, explains.
As an expression of their commitment to corporate responsibility, the Schaffhausen manufactory is supporting the Plastiki Expedition of David de Rothschild and his organization Adventure Ecology.
No self-respecting collector would ever put their "grandes complications" at risk. Instead, they will wear their "second" watch: a sturdy, inexpensive timepiece for all occasions. And with only a few models fitting the bill, second watches could well be a new market for brands.
More than just a sensational feat for the record books, the Pangaea Expedition wants to bring awareness about the fragile state of our planet so we can take global steps to protect and nurture Mother Earth now and in future generation.
From the first mechanical clocks with no dial to the Day&Night watch by Romain Jérôme that doesn't give the time, it seems timepieces have reached a point where they can fully express themselves without referring to that most fundamental matter, the flow of time.