With the economy back in business and exports on the rise again, brands are newly inclined to show off their capacity for innovation and imagination. Here are some of the watches from the stream of recent releases.
Xi Jinping’s call for “common prosperity” sent shudders through the stock market. This new policy, which portends a drop in purchasing power for the wealthiest Chinese, pushed down luxury share prices, which includes watch brands. What implications does this have?
Behind the big names and the great watches are a host of small businesses proposing new tools, new materials and new manufacturing processes. Most of the time they work in the shadows, coming out only at trade fairs such as the recent Professional Watchmaking and Jewellery Environment (EPHJ-EPMT-SMT) in Geneva, a showcase for the inventions and innovations that will transform tomorrow's watchmaking.
With the In The Pocket watch, Hermès is reviving a fundamental piece that was to forge its watchmaking destiny already spanning more than a century of history. A family history mingling a love of horses, exceptional leather-making expertise, as well as a perpetually effervescent inventiveness in creating beautiful objects meeting practical needs.
Computer-aided design is now an integral part of the creative process. Time savings, quicker decision-making and improved coordination with production, these advantages are nonetheless no substitute for imagination.
In February 2015, Luc Perramond was appointed CEO of Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry Co. Previously, he was CEO of La Montre Hermès for five years, and before that with TAG Heuer for 11 years, where he was president and later vice-president of LVMH Watch & Jewelry.
The 14th trade fair for the watch, jewellery, microtechnology and medtech industries (EPHJ-EPMT-SMT) took place in Geneva earlier this month. None of the 867 exhibitors, the same number as last year, were put off attending by the strong Swiss franc. Some of the participants share their view.
For the third year running, Hublot is proud to have been chosen as the Official Timekeeper for the Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2015. Nothing could be more natural than Hublot's involvement in this unmissable event held on Lake Geneva. The world's largest regatta on a closed basin, it links the two ends of Lake Geneva from Geneva to Le Bouveret.