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?
TAG Heuer makes a splash for its 150th anniversary, and unveils the first draft of a movement whose escapement has no balance spring. A revolution in the world of watchmaking. The Calibre 1887 completes the line-up. (See films.)
In the first quarter of 2010, Hermès probably achieved one of the best performances in the industry, with organic growth in sales of 20%. This result has sustained the group's shares, especially with speculation rife over the possible acquisition of Hermès following the death of Jean-Louis Dumas.
Mexico and its iconic figures are an increasingly irresistible theme for watchmakers. Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Hublot are marking the bicentennial of the country's independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, led by Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata.
The initiations organised by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie plunge neophytes into the heart of mechanical watchmaking. A fascinating, hands-on incursion that gives the full measure of a highly-qualified profession.