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New Models
Autumn’s new releases

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.

Thursday, 16 September 2021
6 min read
China’s push for “common prosperity”

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?

Wednesday, 08 September 2021
6 min read
One last thing: it still takes nine months to make a baby. Nine months is just right. No more, no less. And for a long time to come. The rest is up to us!
Point of View
Too fast, too slow!

Between "Charybdis-too-fast" and "Scylla-too-slow" there is an oasis of "just right." Provided, that is, we know how to "take" time rather than let time take over.

Friday, 10 December 2010
Cyrille Vigneron
5 min read
Panerai diver's wristwatch from 1943 Ref. 3646 (lot 305), estimated at USD/CHF 70-90,000 (EUR 53-68,000) © Christie's
420 important watches under the hammer at Christie's New York

A well-balanced sale in the eyes of Aurel Bacs, who on December 14th will preside over this auction of vintage and modern wristwatches. On offer will be several extremely rare timepieces by Patek Philippe, Rolex, Breguet, Piaget, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and Panerai, alongside a fine selection of pocket watches and desk clocks. Total estimate: USD/CHF 5 to 7 million (EUR 3.8 to 5.3 million).

Thursday, 09 December 2010
Danièle Chambas
4 min read
Hugo Chávez (right) with Oliver Stone at the 2009 Venice Mostra (creative commons)
Venezuela: a labyrinth for brands

They're mad about mechanical watches, the more complications the better. They're enthusiastic collectors and buy more timepieces than the average for Latin America. Meanwhile, President Hugo Chávez leads a constant battle against the luxury industry. Have Venezuelans lost their mind?

Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Manuel Palos
5 min read
Economic growth continues to drive Swiss watch exports

For the nine months to end September, exports of Swiss watches across all segments increased 21.5% on the same period last year, while the +CHF 3,000 export price* (€2,260), category gained 22%. If the trend continues through to year-end, the industry could come close to matching 2008's record of approximately CHF 16 billion (€12 billion) for 26 million watches, and leave 2009 figures far behind.

Friday, 26 November 2010
4 min read
"A highly satisfactory reversal in trends"

Jean-Daniel Pasche, President of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, comments on recent export figures for the branch.

Friday, 26 November 2010
3 min read
Fabienne Lupo is appointed Chairwoman of the FHH. Franco Cologni devotes himself to cultural activities and chairs the FHH Cultural Council © FHH
Point of View
"The King is dead, long live the King!"

"The King is dead, long live the King!" is the proclamation that announces the accession of a new monarch, a perfect continuity that ensures the throne is never vacant.

Thursday, 25 November 2010
3 min read

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