A hip artsy crowd gathered at Condesa, Mexico City’s trendy neighbourhood and home of established and up and coming artists to join an event hosted by TAG Heuer, the Swiss avant garde watchmaker. The American street artist Alec Monopoly transformed an art space into his workshop. The guests got a closer look into his creative process. Alec was putting finishing touches to a canvas in tribute to the Mexican solidarity and strength after the devastating earthquake of September 2017.
The Mysterious Double Tourbillon movement created at the La Chaux-de-Fonds Manufacture in 2013 represents a milestone in Cartier watchmaking history: the tourbillon appears to be suspended in mid-air with no connection to the rest of the movement.
What can still be said about the flow of time? Are there any theories left to invent? For centuries, the world's most ingenious horologists have explored a multitude of ways to measure time, calling on technical intricacies, scientific audacity and innovative concepts. A plethora of philosophers, writers and epistemologists have pondered the question, often beating their head against a utopian brick wall. After all, mankind's utopia has always been to conquer time and space.
Counterfeiting hits hardest in three markets: brands, pre-owned and collectors. Spurred on by the current infatuation with watches, itself fuelled by the media and by brands' all-out marketing campaigns, more and more people, from enlightened amateurs to recent converts, are turning to collecting. Meanwhile, the century's biggest communications channel, the Internet, has taken this interest in vintage watches to just about the four corners of the globe.
Chinese architecture and ancient relics, but famous historical figures and symbols are inspirations for the designs of western watches.
Giulio Papi likes to remind us that horology is first and foremost about instruments whose purpose is to give the time with increasing accuracy.
On the subject of watch movements, one has to talk to the specialists in the sector, those who have distinguished themselves by creating pieces which are both original and successful. Antoine Preziuso, whose workshop is just a stone’s throw from the manufactures at Plan-les-Ouates, gives us his views on the subject.
Acquired in 2004 by Miguel Rodriguez, whose stable includes Festina, Perrelet recently joined the circle of partners to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH). The brand's CEO Marc Bernhardt explains why, and looks back over developments at the brand.