Vacheron Constantin has called upon the Arianee consortium to activate and deploy its digital certification via Blockchain technology. This authentication offers an unparalleled certification and traceability service, with the ongoing objective of combating counterfeiting.
For the launch of one of their boldest watches, H. Moser & Cie is lending the Pioneer Centre Seconds Funky Blue Black Edition to lucky guardians, who will accompany it on an adventure around the globe for one year.
Chopard signifies the production of 75,000 pieces of jewellery and 75,000 watches each year; Chopard also means 700 people in Geneva, 130 at Fleurier's manufacturing plant and 1,750 across the world. The company, which today lays claim to full integration of all the watchmaking trades, has joined the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH). Here is an interview with Chopard's co-president, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. Interview by Christophe Roulet
Early November, the FHH is inviting CEOs of Fine Watch brands to its first think-tank and forum on the theme "the changing business of time." The forum sets out to define what will inevitably be the new contours of the luxury industry.
Since the crisis triggered by the advent of the quartz watch in the 1970s, training new watchmakers was no longer a priority. Now the industry is seeking staff with the same urgency as jobs were cut back then. IWC in Schaffhausen, though, has never stopped training watchmakers.
Hong Kong is the bridgehead from which brands distribute their products in Asia, as this autonomous region's top export ranking clearly shows. Logistics and financial considerations are the two main reasons behind this success.
The new market of aftermarket parts, used in the famous "authentic-fake watches", has the wind in its sails and is likely to fool even the most knowledgeable collectors. Unfortunately, the pleasure of unearthing a rare timepiece has become rarer than the watch itself…