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?
Since the start of the year, shares in luxury groups have followed an upward trend, driven by excellent financial results. Analysts are now predicting 5% to 10% growth for the sector for the twelve months of 2010. Clearly luxury has put the crisis behind it.
A magnificent painting by Correggio, The School of Love, hangs on the first floor of London's National Gallery. It portrays Cupid with the god Mercury and his mother Venus, depicted with angel's wings. This painting could easily go unnoticed among the museum's thousands of masterpieces. A regrettable oversight, as it perfectly symbolises the world of fine watchmaking.
As Bugatti's official partner since 2001, Parmigiani celebrates the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 with the Bugatti Super Sport. An exceptional timepiece for an exceptional car.
Audentes fortuna juvat, fortune favours the bold, we are told. Machiavelli, however, observed that fortune exerts its power where virtue is unable to resist. If we are to be audacious, better then that we affront adversity and engineer our conquests with the "virtue" of strength of character, steeped in sagacity, prudence, culture, honesty, morality and clairvoyance.
Greubel Forsey entrusted their timepieces to John Simonian as U.S. distributor and one of its retailer. Owner of the influential Westime boutique in Los Angeles, Simonian already had a lot of experience with high-end brands.
While a number of brands have chosen meteorite for certain of their dials, Antoine Preziuso has gone one step further. He is the only watchmaker to also use meteorite for cases, hands, buckles and crowns. Star quality indeed.