Formula 1 World Champion in 2007, Kimi Räikkönen - who drives for Switzerland's Alfa Romeo Racing Team – gets to wear his very own tourbillon split-seconds chronograph.
Omega marks 50 years since the release of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" with a Seamaster Diver 300M, replete with references to Bond, James Bond.
It has been six years since Patek Philippe started to study the possibilities of the application of silicon in watchmaking techniques.
With its 1,100 members, the Société Suisse de Chronométrie is the branch's largest professional association alongside the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. Its purpose is to promote technical and scientific knowledge in the sector. Christophe Roulet met its President, Zian Kighelman.
Visitors to the IWC stand at the 2008 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie couldn't help but fall for the deliciously nostalgic charm of its decor, a quiet reminiscence of the different eras that were marked by the brand's milestone models, such as the Pilot, Portugaise or Ingenieur watches. Six models in all are honoured in the Vintage collection, launched to commemorate the Schaffhausen Manufacture's 140th jubilee (see box).
As the recent Intellectual Property Day at Geneva University's School of Law clearly spelled out, counterfeiting is a global scourge and the weapons with which to fight it still lack bite. The first in a three-part file.
With just 0.5% growth in March, Swiss watch exports have lost momentum. Certain analysts see this as the sign of an inevitable slowing-down. Meanwhile, Fine Watches continue to stay the course.