Unveiled at SIHH, Elégante by F.P. Journe uses a motion detector to put this electro-mechanical watch in standby mode, thereby ensuring a minimum autonomy of 8 years.
This second piece from Ferdinand Berthoud follows on from the Chronomètre FB1 in its different versions. This new watch immediately stands out for the regulator-style display that shows hours, minutes and seconds on three separate counters.
Louis Moinet already caused a stir earlier in the year with its planetarium.
Introduced last year by the Geneva Haute Ecole de Gestion, in partnership with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, this new degree course is entering its second semester, and looks destined for success.
The Swiss watch industry has enjoyed a third consecutive month of growth after 14 months of decline, with exports up 33% in March including +36% in watches (February +14%, January +3%, CY09 –22%). This is the strongest month for more than a decade, albeit it was helped by a very soft comparative (–27%). The two-year cumulative growth rate improves to +6%, another positive. As seen in January and February, exports continue to benefit from exceptional recovery in Asia, the US and the Middle East.