For the very first time, Breguet highlights the delicate oval shape of the Reine de Naples' dial with pure, bright white Grand Feu enamel, complete with numerals in celestial shades.
At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2009, Philippe Merk now succeeds Georges-Henri Meylan at the helm of Audemars Piguet. An opportunity to take stock with these two personalities from the watchmaking world.
The Genevan manufacture is the creator of the most valuable watch at the SIHH 2009. The Kallania weighs in at five million euros and some 170 carats of diamonds.
If 2008 was a vital exercise for Montblanc in establishing the brand's credibility in the Fine Watch segment, the coming twelve months will be devoted to confirming its status with new and exceptional models. In five short years, the brand has already imposed its style with the Rieussec and Villeret ranges.
With economic crisis at its door, and consumption on the way down, paradoxically Spain is still a promised land for Fine Watch brands.
What can still be said about the flow of time? Are there any theories left to invent? For centuries, the world's most ingenious horologists have explored a multitude of ways to measure time, calling on technical intricacies, scientific audacity and innovative concepts. A plethora of philosophers, writers and epistemologists have pondered the question, often beating their head against a utopian brick wall. After all, mankind's utopia has always been to conquer time and space.
Counterfeiting hits hardest in three markets: brands, pre-owned and collectors. Spurred on by the current infatuation with watches, itself fuelled by the media and by brands' all-out marketing campaigns, more and more people, from enlightened amateurs to recent converts, are turning to collecting. Meanwhile, the century's biggest communications channel, the Internet, has taken this interest in vintage watches to just about the four corners of the globe.