The art of transforming the glittering towers and glassy spires of a buzzing metropolis into a recognisable watch design is no mean feat. Extravagant and irreverent, the Excalibur Blacklight is an ode to vibrant cites like Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing at the height of their nightly splendour.
The secondary watch market has been one of the year's biggest stories. From takeovers to dedicated sales spaces, from market studies to consumer analyses and brand-hosted events, pre-owned is hot news. And for a simple reason: at 8% growth per year, second-hand is the luxury industry's best-performing segment.
Felix Baumgartner, who with Martin Frei co-founded Urwerk fifteen years ago, now belongs to the coterie of watchmakers who have invented a new language of time; a language that hasn't always been understood.
Alongside the SIHH 2012, De Bethune presented its finished Dream Watch IV, new interpretations of its DB 28, and an exceptional demonstration of the horological métiers d'art. As well as returning to a major breakthrough by the name of résonique.
Watch exports remained at a very high level in December 2011, despite an unfavourable base effect. They recorded a strong increase (+21.0%) to attain a level of 1.9 billion francs. For the year as a whole, the value of watch exports achieved a new record of 19.3 billion francs, surpassing the 2010 result by 19.2%.
More and more watchmakers are committing to an ethically and socially responsible gold and diamond supply chain, with brands in the Richemont portfolio leading the way. This is the objective of the Responsible Jewellery Council, which presented its activities at the 2012 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.
Watch exports reached a very high level in 2011, creating a new landmark in their remarkable growth over recent years. With exports of nearly 19.3 billion francs, Swiss watchmakers exceeded their previous annual result by 19.2%. Except for 2010, which followed a major downturn, growth in the last 20 years has never been so strong.