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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
The case for titanium

Research into new materials has proved instrumental in the giant strides made in precision and reliability. It has also put titanium back on brands’ radar, including in recycled form.

Thursday, 02 September 2021
5 min read
Quantième Perpétuel Céramique - Hommage La Chaux-de-Fonds 1738 © Jaquet Droz
Jaquet Droz, ultimate ceramic

Jaquet Droz gives a mark of prestige to ceramic, a high-tech material that is still rarely seen in fine watchmaking. The superlative quality of the raw material combines with sophisticated manufacturing techniques to create avant-garde cases with a penetrating deep lustre.

Friday, 19 June 2009
4 min read
Francesco Primaticcio. Ulysses and Penelope (c. 1545). Oil on canvas. Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Point of View
Mistresses of time

Eve, Penelope and Calypso: three mythical figures and three women who, each in their own way, have reconciled humankind with the mysteries of time and life. Mysteries to which women will always hold the key.

Friday, 19 June 2009
Cyrille Vigneron
5 min read
Breitling 125th anniversary Navitimer © Breitling
New Models
Bon anniversaire !

Several companies celebrated milestones this year with what are sure to become commemorative collector’s items.

Friday, 19 June 2009
6 min read
Professional Watchmaking-Jewellery Environment Show (EPHJ) 2009 © EPHJ
Crisis takes its toll on the industry's suppliers

The Professional Watchmaking-Jewellery and Microtechnology Environment Show in Lausanne (Switzerland) ended on a positive note, with more exhibitors and visitors this year. Will orders placed there save the industry's suppliers from a disastrous 2009?

Thursday, 18 June 2009
4 min read
The JCK show in Las Vegas © JCK
JCK Las Vegas: A Worthwhile Bet

The JCK show affirmed the luxury brands are on the right track, demonstrating solid value with the quality of their timepieces and the support shown to retailers.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Meehna Goldsmith
5 min read
The enjoyment of the cherry trees in full bloom, in early April. This is a time of collective celebration, when people picnic under the trees (hanami)
Western time or Japanese time? A line or a dot?

I'd never thought about time as a cultural concept until I moved to Japan. Time was, well, time. Time passes. Too slowly on a rainy day, too quickly on happy days you wish would never end. From the Creation of the World to the Apocalypse, time passes. Whether we're killing time to fend off boredom, or whether time is slowly killing us, it passes. As the inscription on the sundial reminds us, Vulnerant omnes, ultima necat: every hour wounds, the last one kills! Time passes, and so do we.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Cyrille Vigneron
5 min read

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