Vacheron Constantin enriches its Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac with the sign of the rat. Symbolizing a strong vitality and intelligence, it will take over from the pig at the Chinese New Year on January 20th 2020.
A sizeable chunk of Swatch Group's planned investment - some CHF 150 million (USD 167 million / EUR 124 million) - will be earmarked for a major property development on its historic site in Biel, in the canton of Bern, that will give Omega and Swatch extended and renovated headquarters.
Exports up 15.5% in January. Hundreds of millions invested by the main groups. Recruitments on the rise. Time measurement is dodging the crisis. An interview with Jean-Daniel Pasche, President of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry.
As is customary after the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, we do our sums and draw conclusions. Positive conclusions indeed for both attendance and business. Yet in among the congratulations and plans for development, cutting remarks are heard. Such as the ones, more and more frequent, reprehending the "freeloaders" who take advantage that the most important journalists, editors, VIP and other clients should be in Geneva to invite them to their own events, held alongside the SIHH.
Counterfeiters are strengthening their presence in Dubai. The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry too!
For intrepid travellers the following principle is sacrosanct. «No matter the destination, only the road is important». With a little adaptation, this axiom might also apply to watch counterfeiting.