With the economy back in business and exports on the rise again, brands are newly inclined to show off their capacity for innovation and imagination. Here are some of the watches from the stream of recent releases.
Xi Jinping’s call for “common prosperity” sent shudders through the stock market. This new policy, which portends a drop in purchasing power for the wealthiest Chinese, pushed down luxury share prices, which includes watch brands. What implications does this have?
The Cartier Libre collection was born of a desire to play with the Maison’s signature watch shapes. They are stretched, shrunk and transformed into objects of fantasy with unbridled creative licence. Cartier Libre appeals to the Collectionneuse, the figure of the watchmaking collector.
The Tambour Slim watch collection has been enriched with the addition of a new feminine timepiece: the Tambour Slim Metallic Flower. The two-hand model features a spectacular dial that elegantly reinterprets the emblematic Monogram Flower.
A new version of the "flight captain's chronograph" courtesy of the B04 in 18k pink gold. A dual time indication and blue ceramic bezel complete the line-up of this flight instrument, by Breitling.
The brand has chosen a distinctive chess theme for its first own-name store.
Watch industry exports continued to profit from the recovery of some key markets and benefited from a very favourable base effect in October. Their value rose sharply (+9.3% against October 2016) to reach more than 1.8 billion francs. Over ten months, the branch confirmed its improvement with growth of 2.4%.
The growing might of e-commerce and social media is blurring geographical and functional boundaries. Who will be watch seller of the year in a decade's time: a media, an internet platform, a brand, a retailer? Some thoughts on the subject from Dubai Watch Week.