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?
Under the tutelage of Philippe Dufour, master horologist and godfather of independent watchmaking, Romain Gauthier undertook the project of making his own watch. The result was the Collection Prestige presented in 2006.
Nubeo entered the horologic scene just six years ago in 2003 with its first model called the Jellyfish. What made this little company stand out was their unorthodox yet ergonomic case inspired by the dangerous beauty of the oceanic invertebrate for which the watch was named.
Though still a very young company, Moser has managed to become self-reliant and can legitimately call itself a manufacturer. In 2008 the brand integrated all its associate companies into Moser Group AG.
Set up in 1991 with five brands, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie celebrates its twentieth anniversary in January 2010, with Greubel Forsey and Richard Mille swelling exhibitors’ ranks.
Renowned as a specialist in complications and the decorative arts, Bovet is working on a new in-house calibre for 2013, manufactured in the finest watchmaking tradition.