Panerai forges ahead with its mission to bring more circular practices to the world of watchmaking with a Luminor Marina built from an innovative metal.
IWC launches the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41. The new model features a stainless steel 41mm case and is available with a blue or green dial. It is powered by the IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre and integrates the new EasX-Change bracelet system.
With its 1,100 members, the Société Suisse de Chronométrie is the branch's largest professional association alongside the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. Its purpose is to promote technical and scientific knowledge in the sector. Christophe Roulet met its President, Zian Kighelman.
Visitors to the IWC stand at the 2008 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie couldn't help but fall for the deliciously nostalgic charm of its decor, a quiet reminiscence of the different eras that were marked by the brand's milestone models, such as the Pilot, Portugaise or Ingenieur watches. Six models in all are honoured in the Vintage collection, launched to commemorate the Schaffhausen Manufacture's 140th jubilee (see box).
As the recent Intellectual Property Day at Geneva University's School of Law clearly spelled out, counterfeiting is a global scourge and the weapons with which to fight it still lack bite. The first in a three-part file.
With just 0.5% growth in March, Swiss watch exports have lost momentum. Certain analysts see this as the sign of an inevitable slowing-down. Meanwhile, Fine Watches continue to stay the course.
The purpose of the three watchmaking schools in Japan is not to teach students how to make watches but how to repair them. Even though skilled watchmakers are always in demand, the economic situation in Japan is such that they have difficulties finding positions for their graduates.