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?
Not for one second do the "colonels" of luxury watchmaking imagine that electronics might one day launch a new offensive. The industry would never make the same mistakes again. Not when it has learned the lessons of a bloody war in which so many unknown soldiers fell; the thousands of workers who lost not just their livelihood but their very life, and will never be forgotten. The Maginot Line has been rebuilt, and if these colonels did have to prepare for a new onslaught, they would march into battle with the firm conviction they would win.
Within the coming years, Switzerland will have one of the few laboratories to possess a cold atom frequency standard and future benchmark for international atomic time.
The pursuit of a new timepiece can be a thrilling, heart-pounding experience. But it’s certainly no fun shopping for a new ticker for your wrist when the one in your chest is revving in terror.
At CHF 17 billion, Swiss watch exports reached a new record level in 2008. Although the marked slowdown observed since October, a consequence of the current economic climate, continued into December, it made less of an impact than expected.
In 2009, two years after its debut presentation, Pièces Uniques Jean Dunand is launching the Shabaka, which incorporates a minute-repeater with cathedral chimes, an instantaneous perpetual calendar, moon phases and a power reserve. Another world-first, signed Christophe Claret and Thierry Oulevay.