This year, the Maison celebrates the birth of its watchmaking founder, exactly 300 years ago on July 28, 1721. For this occasion, the Grande Seconde Moon has been reimagined in two exclusive anniversary editions.
The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition is the first timepiece borne of the recently announced partnership between Girard-Perregaux and the British motorist.
Much to everyone's surprise, Rolex has come out of its silence. The Geneva-based firm, which generally keeps a low profile, is still sparing with detail but in his first ever interview, Bertrand Gros nonetheless lifts a corner of the veil that shrouds the business. One way to keep the legend alive.
The month of May saw further modest growth in watch exports (+1.2%). Their value was 1.9 billion francs. Since the start of the year the total value of watch exports is already more than 8 billion francs (8.7 to be exact) representing an increase of 3.3% compared to the high level of 2013. The rebound in growth remains moderate, but is perfectly in line with forecasts for the first-half year.
Despite its low profile, the company is one of the most important suppliers of external parts to Swiss watchmakers. Since 1993 it has been wholly owned by Chanel, for which it manufactures and repairs every model of watch. Which doesn't prevent it from working for a dozen other clients. "It" is Châtelain, a business located in Le Crêt-du-Locle, in the canton of Neuchâtel, whose specialisations include high-tech ceramic.
The fully redesigned Marine Diver showcases all the qualities of a genuine diving watch, with its screw-locked crown, rotating bezel and case that is water-resistant to 300 meters.
In 2013, the luxury giant opened one new boutique every nine days on average. Sales in its own stores are growing twice as fast as in its network of third-party retailers.