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?
Professions are becoming increasingly specialised and technology-based, with watch firms employing more and more engineers. A shift in emphasis that can lead to excess.
Guy Sémon, VP Sciences & Engineering, TAG Heuer
After graduating in engineering and microtechnology, Jean-François Mojon quickly made a name for himself researching and developing movements and complications for numerous brands. Following stints with IWC and Swatch Group, in 2005 he set up his own company, Chronode SA, in Le Locle. As a specialist in the development of grande complication movements, he was Harry Winston's natural choice to design the Opus X.
Having come through the 2009 crisis without losing any of its staff, Vacheron Constantin pursues its strategy of measured growth, always with excellence and quality as its leitmotif. An interview with CEO Juan-Carlos Torres.
After the inauguration of its first store in Hong Kong last December, Corum has cut the ribbon in Geneva, prior to openings in Shanghai and Beijing. The project to extend the brand's site, put on hold in 2009, is also taking shape. CEO Antonio Calce talks about recent developments.
François-Paul Journe missed out on the last International Timing Competition with his Chronomètre Souverain. Not that he minds: given that the winners were two tourbillons, he is convinced the next competition is wide open.