Patek Philippe presents the new Ref. 5303 as its first minute repeater with the striking mechanism on the dial side, together with reinterpretations of the legendary Ref. 5370 Split-Seconds Chronograph and of the classic Ref. 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph.
As the National Museum of Singapore hosts "Treasures of Vacheron Constantin – A legacy of watchmaking since 1755", chief executive officer Juan-Carlos Torres talks about the wider implications of such an event.
With the Swiss franc heading skywards and commodity prices going through the roof, times are hard for Swiss exports. Yet a glance at statistics for the watch sector suggests nothing can stop its incredible growth. The obstacles, however, are no less real.
The automotive, pharmaceutical and aerospace industries all need an occasional leg up from consultancies. Swiss watchmaking is no exception to this rule, as activities developed by Altran in the sector prove.
Much can be learned from Nestlé's experience in China. According to Frits van Dijk, Executive Vice President at the multinational, any company still saying it needs to get into the country has already left it too late.
In 2009, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) launched a major information campaign on counterfeiting in partnership with the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH) that was relayed by the international media.