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?
Anyone tempted to dabble in predictions will see that the indications for end 2009 all suggest an upward turn in trends.
Parmigiani Fleurier, in partnership with the French company Prooftag, is equipping its watches with a system that certifies the authenticity and origin of its timepieces, using Bubble TagTM technology.».
This year’s Prix Gaïa in the "Craftsmanship-Creation" category has gone to an uncommon watchmaker. From his workshop in Thun, Beat Haldimann makes timepieces that have no equivalent anywhere in the world. Portrait of a man versed in the art and science of watchmaking.
The Société Suisse de Chronométrie recently hosted its thirteenth highly successful Study Day, on the subject of complications. The audience was particularly impressed by a presentation of non-circular gears by a researcher at HE-Arc in Le Locle.
Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier (VMF), under managing director Florian Serex, cut the ribbon at its new building in Fleurier on September 4th. This grouping of activities is typical of the buoyant watch division of the Sandoz Family Foundation (FFS), chaired by Pierre Landolt.
Audemars Piguet, "Le maître de l’horlogerie depuis 1875," has moved into its new Manufacture in Le Brassus. This CHF 35 million investment is the first industrial building in Switzerland to obtain Minergie-Eco® environmental certification.