After sapphire, Hublot turns to transparent SAXEM, never before used in watchmaking, to produce the beautiful emerald green of the Big Bang MP-11.
IWC Schaffhausen and the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation have marked the 80th anniversary of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s historic flight across the Atlantic, with an exhibition at the IWC Boutique in New York. The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph Edition “80 Years Flight to New York” commemorates this event.
Very few men achieve such high iconic status in their own lifetime as that of Nicolas G Hayek. His pivotal involvement in the reconstruction of the Swiss watch industry will be studied, analysed, and emulated as an example to which many may aspire but only a very select few can achieve.
The horological community had almost grown used to his timepieces that defy the impossible. Now Thomas Prescher has achieved another impressive tour de force with his Triple Axis Tourbillon Regulator.
Michel Arnoux, head of the anti-counterfeiting division at the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, talked about the Federation's experience in the field to an audience at the Salon Environnement Professionnel Horlogerie Joaillerie in June.
Montres Breguet was active on all fronts when its Chairman unexpectedly passed away: the unveiling of the Type XXII with a 10 Hz movement; stores opening in Shanghai and Singapore; the purchase of Breguet's manuscripts at auction, and completing restoration of the Petit Trianon. A fitting tribute to Nicolas G. Hayek.
On June 1st, new competition rules governing online sales of products and services were brought into effect by the European Commission. These give special status to luxury brands regarding sales of their products over the Internet, as IC-Agency explains.
Figures published by the Swiss watch industry's employer organisation, Convention Patronale de l'Industrie Horlogère Suisse, show that the sector shed 4,200 jobs in 2009 and now employs 49,100 people, the same as two years ago. As the organisation points out, fewer jobs have been lost than forecast and staff are more qualified than before.