The German town of Glashütte has been a centre for fine watchmaking since 1845. Nomos Glashütte is marking the occasion with three limited-edition versions of a classic model.
Patek Philippe presents the new Ref. 5303 as its first minute repeater with the striking mechanism on the dial side, together with reinterpretations of the legendary Ref. 5370 Split-Seconds Chronograph and of the classic Ref. 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph.
For more than 30 years, the Portofino has measured time with Italian flair. Two new complications now join the collection. They are a retrograde tourbillon, and a moon-phase display in a Hand-Wound Eight Days model.
On the wrist or as a pendant, Harry Winston reminds us that time is a precious commodity. With its cascade of brilliant-cut and marquise diamonds, the Divine Time high jewellery watch captures the Art Deco mood in spectacular fashion.
As LVMH prepares to launch 24 Sèvres, an online department store selling 150 luxury brands and a potential rival to Yoox Net-A-Porter or Farfetch, watch brands have yet to properly embrace the digital domain.
It could be mistaken for a smartwatch on standby, but connoisseurs will know that the new Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz, its dial stripped of all signatures, is a 100% mechanical watch.
Despite three fewer working days, April saw watch industry exports reach a figure of 1.5 billion francs. At -5.7%, the contraction was less severe than expected. The trend therefore remains close to the figure posted at the end of March. For the first four months of the year, the variation is -3.6%.
The main luxury groups have reported a significant rise in revenue for the year's first quarter. Signs of a similar upturn in the watch segment suggest the industry could be back in the black for 2017.