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.
The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, in partnership with the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, is launching an international campaign to wipe out counterfeiting. This new campaign targets those who carry the most responsibility for keeping this twenty-first century scourge alive: the people who buy.
Smaller brands appear to be weathering the economic storm, carried along by their modest size and flexible structure.
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.