Summer is always a great pretext to ditch monochrome in favour of brighter, sunnier shades. With more and more watchmakers lavishing colour on their dials, the opportunity is too good to miss.
A year after its official launch, Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet continues to evolve with five new self-winding date, hour, minute and second references and five new self-winding chronograph models, with complex lacquered dials and a palette of deep colours.
With two world records achieved at Antiquorum in New York, and a successful third Only Watch charity auction in Monaco, under the hammer of Patrizzi & Co, the autumn season of collectible watch sales has got off to a flying start.
Anyone tempted to dabble in predictions will see that the indications for end 2009 all suggest an upward turn in trends.
Parmigiani Fleurier, in partnership with the French company Prooftag, is equipping its watches with a system that certifies the authenticity and origin of its timepieces, using Bubble TagTM technology.».
This year’s Prix Gaïa in the "Craftsmanship-Creation" category has gone to an uncommon watchmaker. From his workshop in Thun, Beat Haldimann makes timepieces that have no equivalent anywhere in the world. Portrait of a man versed in the art and science of watchmaking.
The Société Suisse de Chronométrie recently hosted its thirteenth highly successful Study Day, on the subject of complications. The audience was particularly impressed by a presentation of non-circular gears by a researcher at HE-Arc in Le Locle.
Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier (VMF), under managing director Florian Serex, cut the ribbon at its new building in Fleurier on September 4th. This grouping of activities is typical of the buoyant watch division of the Sandoz Family Foundation (FFS), chaired by Pierre Landolt.