The latest rendition of the Tetra, a manual-winding model and a staple of the Nomos Glashütte catalogue for the past 25 years, now comes with a rich plum-coloured dial.
First imagined by the Le Sentier firm in 1959, this new interpretation in white gold swathed with diamonds is fitted with the legendary Calibre 101, the smallest mechanical movement in the world.
Watchmakers have demonstrated no end of imagination to equip those magnificent men in their flying machines with suitable timepieces… the "pilot watches" that are a horological speciality in their own right. One such manufacturer is Zenith, now giving its vintage models a new lease on life.
Fine Watch movements, Swiss components, but flying the flag of the Principality of Monaco. While others find happiness under Swiss skies, the owners of Frédéric Constant and Alpina have taken a different tack.
Felix Baumgartner, who with Martin Frei co-founded Urwerk fifteen years ago, now belongs to the coterie of watchmakers who have invented a new language of time; a language that hasn't always been understood.
Alongside the SIHH 2012, De Bethune presented its finished Dream Watch IV, new interpretations of its DB 28, and an exceptional demonstration of the horological métiers d'art. As well as returning to a major breakthrough by the name of résonique.
Watch exports remained at a very high level in December 2011, despite an unfavourable base effect. They recorded a strong increase (+21.0%) to attain a level of 1.9 billion francs. For the year as a whole, the value of watch exports achieved a new record of 19.3 billion francs, surpassing the 2010 result by 19.2%.