In November 2019 Kering partnered with The Explorers. Ulysse Nardin reinforces this collaboration and becomes the official timekeeper of this ever-lasting around-the-globe scientific and exploratory expedition. Ben Thouard, one of Ulysse Nardin’s “friends of the brand”, is a key partner of the expedition.
In its latest annual report, Richemont singles out Panerai for its strong performance during the financial year to end March. Since then, Covid-19 has stopped luxury brands in their tracks. We look at the state of play with Panerai Chief Executive, Jean-Marc Pontroué.
After last year's Tank Crash and Tank Anglaise, make way for the very masculine Tank MC whose 1904 movement already equips the Calibre de Cartier watch. The skeletonised version in palladium is powered by the patented 9611 movement which also equips the Santos 100.
On 25 May this year, the Théâtre de l’Heure Bleue in La Chaux-de-Fonds provided the setting for the awards ceremony of the Cartier Watchmaking Institute contest. Eight timepieces were singled out for distinction.
Concerns are being voiced over the takeover of Swiss brands by Chinese, many of whom hope for a quick return on investment.
Regatta countdowns are all the rage right now. Panerai, Corum, Louis Vuitton and Rolex have all pushed the boat out with some sharp mechanics ready to take sailors first over the start line.
While Patek Philippe again claimed the most valuable lot at the spring auction session in Geneva, Rolex confirmed its ascension with a new world record at Christie's. In contrast, several dozen lots went unsold.
The appeal of the Geneva brand never stops growing, a situation that partly reflects the peaks that Patek Philippe has already reached. The heart is torn between the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon offered by Antiquorum (estimated at CHF 1 - 1.5 million) and the Rolex split-seconds chronograph, ref. 4113 presented by Christie’s (estimated at CHF 700,000 - 1.2 million). But lovers of antique watchmaking will have to travel to Frankfurt and the Dr. Crott Auction house.