As the effects of climate change become more and more “tangible”, luxury’s leading names are responding to the need for urgent action to stem environmental destruction and loss of biodiversity.
Pushing the boundaries of its artistic design even further, Louis Erard reveals a completely unique triptych. Alain Silberstein was given carte blanche, designing the series of three watches like a picture over three panels. Three lots of 178 models at accessible prices.
Swiss watch exports contracted by almost a quarter in 2009, slipping 22.3% to CHF 13.2 billion. Quentin Simonet gives his analysis of what this means for the industry.
This year, Louis Moinet is presenting Meteoris, a one-off piece consisting of a new type of planetarium surrounded by four tourbillon watches, each inlaid with fragments of meteorite. In a similar vein, the company has unveiled its Tempograph and two Jules Verne watches, in reference to the classic novel, "From the Earth to the Moon."
Speaking at the Geneva Time Exhibition (GTE), Alain Silberstein shared his views on what the future holds for independent watchmakers.
The final report of the successful 20th edition of the SIHH last January provided a good reflection of how things have been for the trade in the United Kingdom in 2009. The summary words are a cliché, but apply very much, hurting in places: ‘belt tightening’.
The Indian celebrities and faces of leading watch firms also pull in the crowds online. Thanks to them, brands such as Longines, Audemars Piguet and Chopard have climbed to the top of the list of watchmaking’s most-wanted ambassadors.
Watchmakers have stars in their eyes, with several brands proposing models that feature an equation of time, sunrise and sunset times, perpetual calendar, a map of the night sky or moonphases. Cosmogonic heaven.