With the economy back in business and exports on the rise again, brands are newly inclined to show off their capacity for innovation and imagination. Here are some of the watches from the stream of recent releases.
Xi Jinping’s call for “common prosperity” sent shudders through the stock market. This new policy, which portends a drop in purchasing power for the wealthiest Chinese, pushed down luxury share prices, which includes watch brands. What implications does this have?
How Richemont powerhouse Cartier is in the process of balancing sales between watches and its other businesses of jewellery, leathergoods and accessories.
The official announcement back in early December sent the world of high-end watches in Paris into a spin. The competition was about to get tough in the City of Light. The Richemont Group, which owns Cartier, had acquired 2,250 sq m (24,000 sq ft) premises on Boulevard des Capucines, next to the Garnier Opera and minutes from the world-renowned Place Vendôme.
After the recent sale, by Christie's, of several Van Cleef & Arpels jewels belonging to Elizabeth Taylor, Stanislas de Quercize, CEO, describes the poetry that surrounds the Parisian firm, established Place Vendôme since 1906.
Like a good many independent master watchmakers, Peter Speake-Marin didn't emerge entirely unscathed from the crisis that hit the watch sector in 2008-2009. An opportunity to rethink his business model for the future, not least with a new "classic" collection. Interview.
MB&F once again turns watchmaking on its head, this time with a retro-futuristic design. The just-released Legacy Machine LM1 has lost no time in becoming a "must have" for aficionados. Orders are already equivalent to three and a half years' production.