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 arriving at the head of the firm six months ago, Jean-Frédéric Dufour has gone all-out to refocus the collections on the brand’s fundamental values, no better symbolised than by its legendary El Primero movement.
For Michel Parmigiani, any self-respecting watch firm must be committed to understanding, mastering and promoting the branch’s ancestral savoir-faire.
Grandes complications, the applied arts and extra-thin movements are Vacheron Constantin’s chosen themes this year, in true respect for a tradition that has found particular favour in China.
Manufactures are giving unprecedented emphasis to the applied arts, yet at the same time engraving is under threat from modern machining techniques. A review of the situation with CIFOM, the only school in Switzerland to teach this art.