The German town of Glashütte has been a centre for fine watchmaking since 1845. Nomos Glashütte is marking the occasion with three limited-edition versions of a classic model.
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.
Omega launched the Co-Axial escapement, invented by the eminent watchmaker George Daniels, in 1999. It was the first practical mechanical watch escapement since the Swiss lever escapement more than 150 years ago.
The concept of the impossible does not have a place in the universe of Paul Gerber. In his workshops in Zurich, he translates the most fantastical horologic ideas into functioning mechanics.
The French sociologist and philosopher Gilles Lipovetski was in Geneva to lecture students at the city’s Haute École de Gestion who are preparing the new Masters of Advanced Studies in luxury management. He spoke to Christophe Roulet about the future of luxury.
Greubel Forsey’s new manufacture, just outside La Chaux-de-Fonds, makes a subtle nod to the brand’s timepieces whose technical complexity has borne a certain influence on how the space is organised.
Symbolically at least, this is how it began. When Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008, a wave of panic swept through the world’s financial markets and the global economy. How has this affected the watch segment, which this year risks a shortfall of between three and four billion Swiss francs?
Christmas is a critical period for watch brands, with some making up to 40% of their annual revenues over the holiday season. This year, the majority have put together strategies aimed at boosting declining sales.