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?
On April 17, 1970, the world watched as the Apollo 13 Command Module landed in the Pacific Ocean after an unexpected crisis occurred 200,000 miles away from Earth. Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the Apollo programme and the third that was intended to land on the Moon – a goal that was dashed when one of the two oxygen tanks on the Service Module exploded on route. The mission was aborted and the astronauts completed a number of mid-course corrections in order to achieve the trajectory that would allow them to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.
Vontobel's annual report on Swiss watchmaking is as eagerly awaited as "Le Messager Boiteux", the country's oldest almanac. As far as forecasts go, the private bank is predicting zero growth for the sector this year.
MB&F celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015, and there is one basic fact about birthdays that is fairly safe to assume: The one celebrating usually gets the presents.
The number-one destination for Swiss watch exports is battling against the strong Swiss franc, falling tourism and China's economic slowdown. The Hong Kong watch federation has even written to Swiss manufacturers asking for a drop in prices.
Embracing its rich oceanic history as a master creator of timepieces for diving and sailing, Ulysse Nardin reveals its latest model in the Black Sea line of watches.
The record prices achieved at the latest Geneva auctions are a reflection of Rolex's almost obsessive pursuit of mechanical quality, further demonstrated by Calibre 3255, a new-generation movement that promises "superlative" precision.