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.
For the nine months to end September, exports of Swiss watches across all segments increased 21.5% on the same period last year, while the +CHF 3,000 export price* (€2,260), category gained 22%. If the trend continues through to year-end, the industry could come close to matching 2008's record of approximately CHF 16 billion (€12 billion) for 26 million watches, and leave 2009 figures far behind.
On Tuesday November 30th at 2pm, 129 timepieces (wristwatches, pocket watches and some clocks) will be proposed for auction by Koller. What makes this sale especially noteworthy is that 85% of the lots are from the collection of Osvaldo Patrizzi and, for the most part, are being offered at 30% under their low estimate.
The market confirmed its stability with renewed interest in fine quality, rare, even exceptional pieces, both vintage and modern. Also in demand are finely-crafted enamel pocket watches and historic pieces. Bidders and collectors came from all over the world to Geneva, with Chinese buyers showing immense interest in Fine Watches.