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.
Articles on the subject: Connoisseur of watches
Could you tell the difference between a genuine Rolex and a fake? Each year, over 40 million counterfeit watches hit the market in more and more convincing forms. We take a look at whether Blockchain could help weed out the imposters.
The end of crisis and the upturn in sales, digital strategy and millennials, refocusing of its collections, changes to distribution... The CEO of Richemont's flagship brand shared his thoughts in an interview given in the Auditorium at SIHH. Read some of the highlights below.
Usually very rare, dials set with aventurine, the sparkly blue mineral with flecks of gold running through it, were as ubiquitous as tourbillons at the 2018 SIHH. An opportunity to question ourselves on the nature of this precious material: natural or manufactured?
The pre-owned watch market is hot, and after a disastrous 25-month slump, the market for new watches is picking up. Would offering extended warranties boost the recovery? From a functional and value-retention standpoint, it would make very little difference, because service is the issue.
From an operational point of view, a warranty is almost beside the point given that it covers manufacturer's defects, which will show up in the first few months. Anything that goes wrong after that is a service issue.
Books about watchmaking are often dry, overly technical and come as several tomes. With this in mind, Anthony L. set out to write something all readers could enjoy and benefit from, in candid terms. We met this American watchmaker who likes to keep it simple.