Patek Philippe presents the new Ref. 5303 as its first minute repeater with the striking mechanism on the dial side, together with reinterpretations of the legendary Ref. 5370 Split-Seconds Chronograph and of the classic Ref. 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph.
Taken over by Hublot in 2011, Profusion has virtually doubled in size since. As well as finishing, assembling and gem-setting cases for Hublot's most exclusive timepieces, it brings to the table unique expertise in carbon, a coveted material and a speciality at Hublot.
The excellent result for May 2011 was comfortably exceeded. Swiss watch exports increased by 16.2% last May to a level of 1.9 billion francs. This growth is in phase with the level at the beginning of the year and seems not to have suffered from a very unfavourable base effect, contrary to April. Over the first five months, watch exports were up 15.2% to 8.2 billion francs.
At end March this year, Vacheron Constantin announced the creation of the Cercle 250. This autumn, the company will present the half-dozen corporate patrons who will form the heart of the initiative and its commitment to safeguard time-honoured skills and heritage.