The manufacture presents a new perpetual calendar that displays the day, the date, and the month on a single line in an elongated aperture beneath 12 o'clock. To combine this unique feature with crisp legibility and high reliability, the designers developed a new self-winding movement.
The “cloche” (bell) shape appeared in Cartier pieces in 1920. “Cloche de Cartier”, because, when placed horizontally, its outline is reminiscent of a service bell rung at a counter. Like many Cartier signature pieces, it has been named after its shape, made notable for the purity of its line and clear inspiration.
As is traditional, Antiquorum will raise the curtain on the Geneva sales on Sunday May 13th, when 469 lots come under the hammer (compared with 603 last November). The highlight of the day will be fifty Royal Oaks in honour of the 40th anniversary of Audemars Piguet's legendary timepiece . The sale carries a total estimate of CHF 5 to 7 million.
This coming May 13th, 14th and 15th, some 1,260 timepieces will change hands for tens of millions of Swiss francs, at Christie's, Sotheby's and Antiquorum.
"The eyes of others our prisons," wrote Virginia Woolf. How often are we so blinded by convention, clichés and other people's preconceptions that we put all our experience and knowledge into a "cage" from which not even the smallest signification is permitted to escape.
The Richemont Group has announced a vast project for a campus in Geneva. Costing CHF 100 million, the site will be home to new production facilities and, more importantly, an innovative training centre.
March brought to a close another very good first quarter for Swiss watch exports. Their monthly value stood at 1.6 billion francs, 15.2% more than in March 2011. The smoothed variation over twelve months thus remained essentially unchanged. The first quarter recorded exports valued at 4.6 billion francs, an increase of 17.0%.