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.
Fawaz Gruosi isn’t the type of man to follow trends. No, that wouldn’t hold the interest of this creative firebrand. When Gruosi shows up to play, he arrives with his own rules for the game.
Concord president Vincent Perriard, who leaves the company in September to become CEO of Technomarine, executed sweeping changes during his four-year stint with the brand, taking it in a direction that will be continued after he leaves.
Urban Square, the latest model from Antoine Preziuso, is a highly symbolic piece. The Genevan master-watchmaker has imagined a minimalist watch in titanium with an in-house additional module that is also a product of today’s challenging times.
Distribution must contend with important challenges in the years to come, and the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), in partnership with Bocconi University School of Management in Milan, is shedding light on what these challenges will be. Their findings will be made public next January during the 2010 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva. Carlo Ceppi, Mission Delegate for the Italy-Greece delegation at the FHH and Manager for IWC Italy , gives a foretaste of the survey’s conclusions.
When a company makes diving watches, surely it’s only natural that it should care about the marine environment, which is plagued by pollution. A number of firms have indeed decided to do their bit, just to show that ecology is everyone’s business. And possibly promote their core values at the same time, with tailor-made products into the bargain.
Diving watches are in demand not only for their subaquatic virtues, as watchmakers are well aware. For the man on the beach, their sporting style and robust design are more convincing arguments. Exactly the motivation firms need to go on "loading" models which, stripped to the bare essentials, would resemble nothing more than, well, a diving watch. And when it comes to pulling out all the stops, watchmakers can be trusted to put their expertise to good use with all manner of complications.