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.
Christmas is a critical period for watch brands, with some making up to 40% of their annual revenues over the holiday season. This year, the majority have put together strategies aimed at boosting declining sales.
Autumn is auction season in Geneva, with the legendary Patek Philippe Calibre 89 totalling 33 complications coming under the hammer at Antiquorum. The Genevan manufacture is also in the spotlight at Sotheby’s, alongside Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, and two collections of enamel pocket watches.
Like the Manufacture in Geneva where its watchmakers are trained, Patek Philippe’s service centre in Spain has the expertise to repair contemporary watches and restore vintage models.
No courses have been cancelled and, after a slighter smaller intake this year, the number of places will increase in 2010.
Failing to realise the full implications of counterfeiting, countless Internet users are snapping up products that offer irresistible value for money, just a few clicks away. In doing so, they are fuelling the new El Dorado for organised crime.