Intimately bound up with Blancpain's identity, two emblematic red gold timepieces from the Villeret line - the Quantième Complet and the Ultraplate - are now available with blue dials.
In the wake of the First World War, Swiss watchmaking underwent a period of profound crisis, resulting in a State-led reorganisation of the sector. This rescue operation took the form of cartel agreements that remained in place until the 1960s. Part one: the 1920s and 1930s.
While not exactly the year's most exciting awards, the 13th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève proved more interesting than expected. Alongside such big names as Girard-Perregaux, A. Lange & Söhne, Chopard, Zenith and Chanel, the evening rewarded an impressive line-up of independent watchmakers, the likes of Philippe Dufour, Romain Gauthier, Kari Voutilainen and Vianney Halter. Even so, too many important brands were left off the honours list.
The Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair (HKW&CF) assembles the largest number of watch, clock, parts and industry exhibitors of any timepiece fair in the world. It is held in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre which looks out directly onto Hong Kong's beautiful Victoria Harbour, one of the world's most impressive natural waterways. The fair is run by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) which organised about 80 overseas buying missions to the fair, along with 30 special activities ranging from watch-fashion shows and product launches to seminars and networking receptions.
The years go by but the challenge stays the same… if not greater. How to provide quality after-sales service when the number of mechanical watches on wrists around the world continues to grow?
After a missed opportunity in eventful circumstances in 2008, the Breguet Museum in Paris finally took home the Breguet N° 4691 pocket watch for CHF 1,025,000. In addition, Emmanuel Breguet, director of Breguet France and at the head of Swatch Group's heritage, acquired a further four important lots.
On November 16th, Auctioneers Dr. Crott will propose a longitude clock attributed to Christiaan Huygens, the inventor of the balance spring. It is the only one of its kind and the oldest to include an equation of time.