The art of transforming the glittering towers and glassy spires of a buzzing metropolis into a recognisable watch design is no mean feat. Extravagant and irreverent, the Excalibur Blacklight is an ode to vibrant cites like Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing at the height of their nightly splendour.
The secondary watch market has been one of the year's biggest stories. From takeovers to dedicated sales spaces, from market studies to consumer analyses and brand-hosted events, pre-owned is hot news. And for a simple reason: at 8% growth per year, second-hand is the luxury industry's best-performing segment.
1967: The year that a legend entered Cartier’s watchmaking repertoire with the accidental and joyous appearance of the Crash watch. 2014: With the Crash skeleton watch, Cartier creates one of its first shaped movements: the calibre 9618 MC, the first of the Mechanical Legends. The collection meets a doubly high standard by regarding shape as the common denominator between the case and its movement.
Internationally recognised as the symbol of Swiss precision, the Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres (COSC) attests to the chronometric precision of a movement and, by extension, a watch. Introduced in 1973, it is still going strong.
October was a very good month for the Swiss watch industry. Exports attained their highest monthly level with a value of 2.3 billion francs. This represents an increase of 5.2% compared to October 2013. Since the start of the year, the sector has recorded growth of 3.1%, to 18.4 billion francs.
For the first time ever, the mechanical heart of the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 watch is revealed under a transparent sapphire dial. In a deft combination of technology and style, this model is enhanced by its Art Deco-inspired aesthetic code and its uncompromisingly contemporary mechanical structure.
Excluding the Henry Graves Supercomplication, which went for an astounding CHF 23.2 million, this November's Geneva sales realised CHF 25.4 million with Patek Philippe alone. Antiquorum, Christie's and Sotheby's closed their autumn sessions on a total CHF 78.6 million.
The 6th Forum de la Haute Horlogerie considered the future that awaits us, and how we should approach it if we are to go the distance. At the heart of discussions were the wrist-worn technologies to which we have become slaves.