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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
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Economy
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
Concepto column-wheel C2000 movement © Concepto Watch Factory
Point of View
A new "modular" movement from Concepto Watch Factory

Established in 2006, the manufacture presents its calibre C2000, inspired by the Valjoux 7750. With seventy variations in a single movement to incorporate all types of dial displays, Concepto aims to attract customers in search of an "all-in-one" solution.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010
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The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry has just launched an original initiative: a website selling fakes which isn't what it claims to be either. Every 30 seconds or when hitting certain commands, ... © FHS
News
Cybercounterfeiting (IV): the fight against fakes

The phenomenon of counterfeiting has now reached an unprecedented scale. The value of the global counterfeit goods market could grow from $5.5 billion in 1982 to nearly $600 billion in 2010, which is 10% of world trade, according to Eric Woerth, former French budget minister.

Friday, 18 June 2010
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The Patek Philippe Ref. 1527 which sold for CHF 6.2 million ($5.7 m/€4.4 m) © Christie’s
News
"The scissor effect is being confirmed"

Watch auctions are experiencing an increasingly marked scissor effect, with top lots attracting fierce bidding while the less attractive lots struggle. A closer look with Aurel Bacs, International Co-Head of Christie's Watch Department.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010
5 min read
Guido Terreni, Managing Director of Bulgari's Watch Business Unit © Bulgari
Economy
Bulgari moves to a new level

Over the past decade, Bulgari has one by one ticked the boxes of vertical integration, leading to the presentation, earlier this year, of its in-house mechanical movement, Calibre BVL 168. This base calibre will be the springboard for future complication movements.

Monday, 14 June 2010
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Bovet – Pininfarina Tourbillon Ottanta (front) © Bovet
New Models
Bovet and Pininfarina begin a long-term partnership

An anniversary model, the Bovet - Pininfarina Tourbillon Ottanta, seals the partnership and celebrates the Italian industrial design firm's 80 years in business. This exceptional timepiece is already being described as the first in a long series.

Friday, 11 June 2010
6 min read
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Inauguration of the Cartier boutique in Shenzen (China), January 13th, 2010 © Cartier
Economy
Verbatim - Cartier intends tripling its presence in China

That Cartier only experienced a "marginal decline" in 2009 is largely thanks to China. The Asia-Pacific zone (except Japan) was Richemont's only growth region for the financial year to end March 2010. Needless to say, Cartier has already planned its expansion in the Middle Kingdom.

Wednesday, 09 June 2010
2 min read
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