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.
Three auction houses - Christie's, Sotheby's and Antiquorum - are in the starting blocks for three days of sales which, twice a year, maintain Geneva at the forefront of fine watch auctions. Will the May 2010 record of a total CHF 42 million be broken? Answer on November 15th.
Zenith has developed a gyroscopic system based on the principle that the regulating organ of a timepiece is never more efficient, in terms of amplitude, than in a perfectly horizontal position. The result, a world first, is the Zenith Christophe Colomb.
With a population of 1.2 billion, India is Asia's third biggest economy yet accounts for just 2% of the global luxury market. At a lunch in conjunction with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, the Financial Times' South Asia Bureau Chief spoke about the prospects for a country yet to reach its full potential.
Professions are becoming increasingly specialised and technology-based, with watch firms employing more and more engineers. A shift in emphasis that can lead to excess.
Guy Sémon, VP Sciences & Engineering, TAG Heuer
After graduating in engineering and microtechnology, Jean-François Mojon quickly made a name for himself researching and developing movements and complications for numerous brands. Following stints with IWC and Swatch Group, in 2005 he set up his own company, Chronode SA, in Le Locle. As a specialist in the development of grande complication movements, he was Harry Winston's natural choice to design the Opus X.