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?
Football has won new supporters among some brands but is struggling to seduce the Fine Watch sector.
It has been six years since Patek Philippe started to study the possibilities of the application of silicon in watchmaking techniques.
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.