Luminosity is at the heart of the latest creation from Urwerk. The time display, left visible by the cover that locks over the trademark satellite hours, gives off a green glow, hence the Kryptonite name. Guaranteed danger-free.
Having acquired Watchfinder, a UK-based platform for buying and selling pre-owned watches, Richemont is the first big name to enter the increasingly coveted and fast-growing market for second-hand timepieces.
At the head of R&D for the Franck Muller group, Pierre-Michel Golay has developed his own collection of ultra-complicated timepieces which could find its first commercial outlet this year in Japan.
Strapped to the wrist of the first person to freefall through the sound barrier, taking to the skies with the fathers of aviation, or en route for the poles with the first explorers, Zenith keeps the thrills coming.
With Swiss retailers largely benefiting from tourist spending, new outlets are springing up at major tourist destinations.
The models presented this year by Bovet Fleurier demonstrate its mastery of complications and superlative movement finishing. Such craftsmanship is displayed in the Amadeo, Récital and Bovet by Pininfarina collections.
The emerging economies have yet to make their weight felt in global watch sales.
"The end justifies the means." Numerous are those who remember only this proposal by Niccolò Machiavelli, statesman, advisor to the great and influential, and the founder of a "modern" approach to political science. Five hundred years ago, Machiavelli wrote a treatise that is still very much relevant today: The Prince or how to conquer and retain power.