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?
Revolutionary constructions, new materials, original functions… watchmaking is undergoing radical transformation in the twenty-first century, as each year brings its share of innovations. Here are some examples spotted at the latest presentations in Geneva.
Watch brands are increasingly under pressure to establish a distinct personality. JeanRichard is putting unprecedented accent on its sports models while Ralph Lauren concentrates on building up its three emblematic collections.
Since setting up their company in 2001, Stephen Forsey and Robert Greubel have been at the forefront of fundamental research into the tourbillon complication. Greubel Forsey has produced three major inventions to date and revisited the first at the SIHH 2010.
A silicon escapement chronograph in the Nicolas Rieussec collection, the ExoTourbillon Chronograph in the Villeret 1858 collection, and the Metamorphosis, the first timepiece from the TimeWriter concept: Montblanc has its sights set firmly on the prestigious circle of watch Manufactures, as the timepieces unveiled at the SIHH 2010 clearly show.
The "jeweller of kings" is asserting its identity where one would least expect, in Fine Watches for men with an eye for impressive mechanics. Always with the unity of style that distinguishes the brand.
For the centrepieces of its 2010 collections - Les Cadrans Extraordinaires and Le Pont des Amoureux - Van Cleef & Arpels has called on what are no doubt the greatest talents of today.