This anniversary whitegold piece with moon phase is painting the colors of the sunrise with mother-of-pearl and precious gemstones across the dial and bracelet. This edition is limited to just 20 pieces.
In celebration of the Chinese Year of the Rat Blancpain is unveiling its first watch with a porcelain dial entirely hand-crafted in its Métiers d'Art workshops. Issued in an eight-piece limited edition of one-of-a-kind timepieces, the special series marks the introduction of this traditional Chinese skill within the Manufacture in Le Brassus.
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.
The weather forecast is a daily ritual for millions of people. It has nothing to do with premonition; just a simple and rather ordinary announcement of what we can expect the next day, democratically broadcast to all.
The world's population of High Net Worth Individuals grew 17% in 2009 while their global wealth increased 19% to $39 trillion, according to the 2010 World Wealth Report. For the first time, HNWIs in Asia-Pacific, a prime destination for luxury goods, outnumber those in Europe.