Intimately bound up with Blancpain's identity, two emblematic red gold timepieces from the Villeret line - the Quantième Complet and the Ultraplate - are now available with blue dials.
In the wake of the First World War, Swiss watchmaking underwent a period of profound crisis, resulting in a State-led reorganisation of the sector. This rescue operation took the form of cartel agreements that remained in place until the 1960s. Part one: the 1920s and 1930s.
A year and a half ago, Jean-Frédéric Dufour set about refocusing Zenith on its fundamental values with the result that last year the brand announced double-digit growth. It now moves ahead with its strategy.
For the movement maestro, 2011 will be the year of the Adagio, a very different timepiece to its predecessor, the DualTow, but equally representative of his savoir-faire. The company also continues to diversify with new activities producing components for third parties and manufacturing additional modules.
Theodora, empress. The Byzantine Empire's most celebrated sovereign, wife of Justinian I, was Theodora. Posterity remembers her for her beauty as well as her wisdom. Beautiful and wise also describes the work of the Theodora Children's Trust, which has nothing to do with Constantinople. Rather it puts a smile back on children's faces during prolonged hospital stays. Because laughter and serenity are important for getting better. At the very least, they ease the pain of what is often a heartbreaking situation.
Alongside the Geneva shows, Hublot's CEO hosted a lavish dinner for the brand's customers and suppliers, during which he spoke at length about his company's exploits and lifted a corner of the veil on new models for 2011, in particular in the Fine Watch segment.
Exclusivity is a non-negotiable principle for Peter Speake-Marin, including when the master watchmaker announces his intention to up production. A means of financing his ambition to make complication watches, the Speake-Marin way.
Whenever we chat about what's "in the air," inevitably talk turns to the weather and the changing climate, not just where we live but on all five continents. As the poet says, "with morning comes light" and morning, for me, is the year 2010 which just ended for Swiss watchmaking, an industry that is active across all four corners of the globe.