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.
After Manufacture Chopard, Qualité Fleurier and Fleurier Ébauches, the Geneva firm has thrown open the doors of a new building in the village. The Chopard Forum will be a cultural venue and host the brand's guests.
A California-based foundation is working on a clock that will measure time for ten millennia.
Between the brands that are stepping up their presence in China and the ones that are rushing to gain a foothold there, barely a month goes by without another high-profile store opening, as watch firms look to tap into China's economic miracle.
In the second quarter 2010, China eclipsed Japan as the second largest economy in the world and, given the gap in the two countries' growth, is expected to confirm its position for the full year. Despite this, China plays it low-key and acknowledges it is still a developing nation.
China first fell in love with mechanical timepieces in the late 1500s, when Jesuits presented the first clocks to the Imperial Court. Centuries later, this love affair is still going strong and has positioned China top of the league for Swiss watch exports.