Vacheron Constantin has called upon the Arianee consortium to activate and deploy its digital certification via Blockchain technology. This authentication offers an unparalleled certification and traceability service, with the ongoing objective of combating counterfeiting.
For the launch of one of their boldest watches, H. Moser & Cie is lending the Pioneer Centre Seconds Funky Blue Black Edition to lucky guardians, who will accompany it on an adventure around the globe for one year.
Greubel Forsey’s new manufacture, just outside La Chaux-de-Fonds, makes a subtle nod to the brand’s timepieces whose technical complexity has borne a certain influence on how the space is organised.
Symbolically at least, this is how it began. When Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008, a wave of panic swept through the world’s financial markets and the global economy. How has this affected the watch segment, which this year risks a shortfall of between three and four billion Swiss francs?
Christmas is a critical period for watch brands, with some making up to 40% of their annual revenues over the holiday season. This year, the majority have put together strategies aimed at boosting declining sales.
Autumn is auction season in Geneva, with the legendary Patek Philippe Calibre 89 totalling 33 complications coming under the hammer at Antiquorum. The Genevan manufacture is also in the spotlight at Sotheby’s, alongside Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, and two collections of enamel pocket watches.
Like the Manufacture in Geneva where its watchmakers are trained, Patek Philippe’s service centre in Spain has the expertise to repair contemporary watches and restore vintage models.
No courses have been cancelled and, after a slighter smaller intake this year, the number of places will increase in 2010.