The art of transforming the glittering towers and glassy spires of a buzzing metropolis into a recognisable watch design is no mean feat. Extravagant and irreverent, the Excalibur Blacklight is an ode to vibrant cites like Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing at the height of their nightly splendour.
The secondary watch market has been one of the year's biggest stories. From takeovers to dedicated sales spaces, from market studies to consumer analyses and brand-hosted events, pre-owned is hot news. And for a simple reason: at 8% growth per year, second-hand is the luxury industry's best-performing segment.
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.