MicroLean Lab, a public-private consortium that includes Richemont, is developing the microfactory of the future; a concept that has the potential to transform our economic and social organisation right down to how we consume. Welcome to the world of artisanal industry, where the customer truly is king.
In a series of five portraits, Chronopassion gets to grips with our passion for watches, from how it begins to how it develops, its symptoms, those most at risk, and the (rare) instances of recovery. Part one.
It took watchmakers some time to realise the extent to which gravity influenced the proper functioning of their mechanisms. Now, not only are they able to counter its effects (since the early 1800s), they are even turning this invisible force to their advantage, much to the delight of collectors and enthusiasts who continue to ask them for the Moon!
Tick-tock, tick-tock, the countdown has begun. Only a few more days to go until Christmas. This year, Santa has swapped his red suit for a watchmaker's white coat, and filled his sack with mechanical treasures that will reawaken the child in us all.
In Hollywood, appearances can be deceptive. Take Jessica Alba, for example. The "sexiest woman in the world" happens to be a hugely successful start-up entrepreneur.
Unless you're an Emo or a Goth, most people wouldn't be seen dead wearing a skull watch. And they would be wrong. Make no bones about it: today's skull watches are creative, innovative, high-mech pieces.