After the launch, last November, of the Diver X and the Lady Diver, Ulysse Nardin begins the final chapter of the Diver story with three new 44mm chronographs.
The Arraw Star Twist by RJ captures the beauty of the universe. A 39mm case, crowned with a sapphire-studded rotating bezel, surrounds a dial that draws us into the fascinating depths of a blue Magellanic Cloud.
Exports of finished Swiss watches for the first quarter 2012 grew 17% overall in value to CHF 4.3 billion and 4% in volume to 6.8 million units, an increase clearly driven by fine watches.
Sotheby's breaks with tradition by leaving its usual evening slot for a day sale on Tuesday May 15th. Geoffroy Ader will present a maximum number of lots which again give precedence to some fine pocket watches. Total estimate: CHF 10 to 12 million.
As is traditional, Antiquorum will raise the curtain on the Geneva sales on Sunday May 13th, when 469 lots come under the hammer (compared with 603 last November). The highlight of the day will be fifty Royal Oaks in honour of the 40th anniversary of Audemars Piguet's legendary timepiece . The sale carries a total estimate of CHF 5 to 7 million.
This coming May 13th, 14th and 15th, some 1,260 timepieces will change hands for tens of millions of Swiss francs, at Christie's, Sotheby's and Antiquorum.
"The eyes of others our prisons," wrote Virginia Woolf. How often are we so blinded by convention, clichés and other people's preconceptions that we put all our experience and knowledge into a "cage" from which not even the smallest signification is permitted to escape.
The Richemont Group has announced a vast project for a campus in Geneva. Costing CHF 100 million, the site will be home to new production facilities and, more importantly, an innovative training centre.