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New Models
Autumn’s new releases

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.

Thursday, 16 September 2021
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Economy
China’s push for “common prosperity”

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?

Wednesday, 08 September 2021
6 min read
Emmanuel Vuille, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey © Greubel Forsey
Beginner's Guide
Greubel Forsey’s new architectural signature

Greubel Forsey’s new manufacture, just outside La Chaux-de-Fonds, makes a subtle nod to the brand’s timepieces whose technical complexity has borne a certain influence on how the space is organised.

Friday, 27 November 2009
5 min read
Jean-Daniel Pasche, president of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry © FH
Economy
From Lehman Brothers to Fine Watchmaking

Symbolically at least, this is how it began. When Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008, a wave of panic swept through the world’s financial markets and the global economy. How has this affected the watch segment, which this year risks a shortfall of between three and four billion Swiss francs?

Friday, 27 November 2009
Quentin Simonet
5 min read
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''The crisis hasn’t changed the way we proceed,'' notes the Jaeger-LeCoultre’s marketing director Stéphane Belmont. ''We still produce the best quality at the best price. Our business model remains valid whatever the situation.'' © Jaeger-LeCoultre
Economy
Christmas will bring little cheer for watch brands

Christmas is a critical period for watch brands, with some making up to 40% of their annual revenues over the holiday season. This year, the majority have put together strategies aimed at boosting declining sales.

Friday, 27 November 2009
6 min read
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Antiquorum Celebrating 35 Years of Making History in Time : lot 364, Patek Philippe Calibre 89 de la collection Matsuda © Antiquorum
News
The world’s most complicated timepiece is auctioned at Antiquorum

Autumn is auction season in Geneva, with the legendary Patek Philippe Calibre 89 totalling 33 complications coming under the hammer at Antiquorum. The Genevan manufacture is also in the spotlight at Sotheby’s, alongside Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, and two collections of enamel pocket watches.

Friday, 13 November 2009
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The Patek Philippe after-sales service staff work from the brand's premises in the centre of Barcelona. (left to right: Javier Jané, Jérémie Deumetier, Ramón Vilar, Juan González, Lidia Gonzalez and Montse Moral) © Paloma Recio
Economy
Patek Philippe: caring for watches for generations to come

Like the Manufacture in Geneva where its watchmakers are trained, Patek Philippe’s service centre in Spain has the expertise to repair contemporary watches and restore vintage models.

Friday, 23 October 2009
Paloma Recio
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''Interest in the different watchmaking professions hasn’t waned since the economy went into decline,'' comments Lucien Bachelard, director of Ecole Technique de la Vallée de Joux © ETVJ
Economy
Recession notwithstanding, watchmaking is still an attractive career

No courses have been cancelled and, after a slighter smaller intake this year, the number of places will increase in 2010.

Friday, 23 October 2009
Quentin Simonet
5 min read
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